The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics

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Mandel, Ernest (1923–1995)

  • Geoffrey M. Hodgson
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Ernest Mandel was born of Jewish parents in Frankfurt-am-Main on 5 April 1923. The family emigrated to Antwerp. By 1939 he was actively involved in socialist and trade union politics. When the Nazis invaded Belgium in 1940, he became a member of the resistance. On three occasions he was arrested and imprisoned, but each time he escaped. He was arrested for a final time in October 1944 and liberated by the Allies in March 1945. He obtained a higher education in Brussels and Paris. His name was prominent in academia in the 1960s and 1970s when Marxism and Trotskyism enjoyed significant popularity, particularly among university students. He died on 20 July 1995.


Capitalism Central planning Kondratieff cycles Labour theory of value Long waves Mandel, E Marx, K Neo-liberalism Socialism Soviet Union Trotsky, L Unemployment 

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