Guinevere Liberty Nell




Guinevere Liberty Nell earned an MA from the University of Warwick in Soviet economic history after studying the subject independently for several years, as well as studying and publishing in the field of Austrian economics. She is the author of Rediscovering Fire: Basic Economic Lessons

from the Soviet Experiment (Algora, 2010) and Spontaneous Order and the Utopian Collective, which focuses on Lenin's utopian ideas and the early years of the Soviet experiment (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2014).

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In this course, Marxist/Leninist theory and Soviet reality will be studied with an open mind, and with the goal of taking lessons from the case study. Economic theory must distinguish between publicly owned and privately owned property if it is to account for the effect of institutions on the behavior of individuals. Careful study of the theories of Marxists and the real-world experience in the Soviet economy offer important lessons and insight for economic modeling and the ongoing development of theory.

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