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Political and Economic Planning

Nature volume 142, page 609 (01 October 1938) | Download Citation



A BROADSHEET recently issued by P E P (Politicax and Economic Planning) summarizes the progress oc P E P in 1936-38. In the last two years the volum of published PEP work has approximately doubled, five full reports covering electricity supply, international trade, social services, health services and the Press having appeared within sixteen months, besides more than thirty regular numbers of Planning. This result has been attained by a small voluntary body with a budget of less than £10,000 a year and a paid staff of less than a dozen persons. This in itself is a striking indication of the opportunities which exist for organized thought about the future, and the most significant feature about the work of P E P is probably the extent of the opportunities it has opened up. The results already achieved suggest that by bringing to bear on public problems even a small proportion of the available intelligence and energy, it should be possible to prevent serious national and international difficulties from arising. The broadsheet gives a complete list of reports already issued as well as of the planning broadsheets, and indicates the position of the studies of regional development and industrial location, on the gas industry, on partners in industry and of the inquiry into population policies which have been initiated by P E P and on which reports are later to appear.

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