A Struggle for the Soviet Future: The Birth of Scientific Forecasting in the Soviet Union

@article{Rindzeviite2016ASF,
  title={A Struggle for the Soviet Future: The Birth of Scientific Forecasting in the Soviet Union},
  author={Eglė Rindzevi{\vc}iūtė},
  journal={Slavic Review},
  year={2016},
  volume={75},
  pages={52 - 76}
}
This article analyzes the development of Soviet scientific future studies after World War II, arguing that the field's theory and methods undermined the certainty of the communist future and laid the foundations for a new Soviet governmentality that acknowledged the intrinsic uncertainty of future development. The emphasis on uncertainty—but also the need for more data that could freely circulate between different branches of government and hence more transparency (glasnost')—called for radical… 
11 Citations

Systems Analysis as Infrastructural Knowledge

This article explores the political effects of the development of systems analysis as a form of “infrastructural knowledge”—that is, as a form of knowledge concerned with infrastructure, and an

SOVIET POLICY SCIENCES AND EARTH SYSTEM GOVERNMENTALITY

This article introduces non-Western policy sciences into the burgeoning field of the intellectual history of Earth system governmentality, a field that studies the ideas, institutions and material

Cybernetics for the command economy: Foregrounding entropy in late Soviet planning

The Soviet Union had a long and complex relationship with cybernetics, especially in the domain of planning. This article looks at Soviet postwar efforts to draw up plans for the rapidly developing,

‘A fiction of long standing’

There appears to be a widespread belief that the social sciences during the 1950s and 1960s can be characterized by an almost unquestioned faith in a positivist philosophy of science. In contrast,

Administrative Monsters

Yurii Yaremenko was one of the late great theorists of the Soviet planning system. His theory, as presented first in censored and self-censored form in his major monograph, Structural Changes in the

Internationalization of Cold War systems analysis

This article has a dual purpose. First, it looks at the transfer of the methodology of systems analysis from the RAND Corporation to the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)

Modeling Computers and Computer Models: Manufacturing Economic-Planning Projects in Cold War Taiwan, 1959–1968

TLDR
The process in which Taiwanese economic bureaucrats, a Cornell economics professor, and pioneering computer users worked together to visualize, represent, and make sense of economic activities in Taiwan through inter-industry input-output tables is traced.

United States Communist History Bibliography 2016, and a Selective Bibliography of Non-U.S. Communism and Communism-Related Theory

The principal subject of this annual bibliography is the English language scholarly literature of American Communism (supplemented by the occasional article from serious journals of opinion,

The Cultural Embedding of Foreknowledge in Modern Society

  • Christian Dayé
  • Art
    Serendipities. Journal for the Sociology and History of the Social Sciences
  • 2022
Review essay of: Andersson, Jenny. The Future of the World: Futurology, Futurists, and the Struggle for the Post-Cold War Imagination. Oxford, New York: Oxford University Press, 2018. Pietruska,

Technocracy that fails: a Czech perspective on the EU

  • Petr Drulák
  • Journal of International Relations and Development
  • 2022

References

SHOWING 1-10 OF 22 REFERENCES

The Struggle for the Long-term in Transnational Science and Politics: Forging the Future

This book reconsiders the power of the idea of the future. Bringing together perspectives from cultural history, environmental history, political history and the history of science, it investigates

The Congress for Cultural Freedom, Minerva, and the Quest for Instituting “Science Studies” in the Age of Cold War

The Congress for Cultural Freedom is remembered as a paramount example of the “cultural cold wars.” In this paper, I discuss the ways in which this powerful transnational organization sought to

The Development of Soviet Sociology, 1956-1976

On June 19, 1958, a group of prominent Soviet philosophers, economists, and historians met in the Institute of Philosophy, USSR Academy of Sciences, and established the Soviet Sociological

The Great Future Debate and the Struggle for the World

In 1964, two researchers at RAND, Olaf Helmer and Theodore Gordon, presented what they argued was a general theory of prediction, a theory that, Helmer boasted, would “enabl[e] us to deal with

Russian politics from Lenin to Putin

T.H. Rigby on Soviet and post-Soviet Russian Politics S.Fortescue Institutionalization and Personalism in the Policy-making Process of the Soviet Union and Post-Soviet Russia S.Fortescue The Boss and

When Formal Organisations Meet Informal Relations in Soviet Lithuania : Action Nets, Networks and Boundary Objects in the Construction of the Lithuanian Sea Museum

This study considers organisation in countries under the Soviet regime. The focus is on the creation of the Sea Museum in Klaipėda from the 1960s to the 1980s, a massive undertaking that required

Systems, Experts, and Computers: The Systems Approach in Management and Engineering, World War II and After

From the Publisher: After World War II, a systems approach to solving complex problems and managing complex systems came into vogue among engineers, scientists, and managers, fostered in part by the

Scientific Management in the U.S.S.R., With Particular Reference to the Contribution of Walter N. Polakov

This study traces the influence of Scientific Management in the U.S.S.R. and explores the contribution of Walter N. Polakov to Russia's economic planning. Scientific Management was highly

Behavior, Purpose and Teleology

This essay has two goals. The first is to define the behavioristic study of natural events and to classify behavior. The second is to stress the importance of the concept of purpose. Given any

Organized uncertainty: designing a world of risk management

Organized Uncertainty: Designing a World of Risk Management, by Michael Power, is reviewed.