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Centralized Planning and the Human Factor

Nature volume 160, pages 14 (05 July 1947) | Download Citation



THE lectures on “Central Planning and Control in War and Peace”, which were delivered by Sir Oliver Franks at the London School of Economics and Political Science during February and March and have since been published*, are a notable contribution to the discussion of forms of government required to serve our post-war needs. The outcome of the war-time experience of a philosopher who proved himself a successful administrator in the Ministry of Supply, they bear closely on the issues involved in numerous questions of current debate. Sir Oliver indeed limits himself to one topic, which he chose because of its fundamental importance in relation to the general pattern of economic activities in Britain during the coming decade; but much of what he has written is as relevant to discussions in other fields, such as the use of the scientific resources of Britain, and the numerous issues in town and country planning which have led to recent controversies.

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