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As already mentioned, Marx refers to these schemas in volume 3 when mounting his critique of the view of class maintained by classical political economy, so it is only 'hidden' from those sociologists who tend not to read the apparently technical economic parts of Marx's work. Problems with Marx's Analysis Of course, the reproduction schemas are of considerable potential interest to economists from two points of view: 1. In the history of economic thought, they constitute a link between Quesnay's Tableau Economique and the development of both input-output analysis and the Soviet use of material balances.
13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 41 vagueness, but it should be pointed out that substituting a phrase like 'social inequality' does little to help, unless backed by some theoretical support; on its own the phrase 'social inequality' merely avoids the assumption that forms of social differentiation coalesce into strata. K. Marx, Capital, volume 2, Lawrence & Wishart, London, 1967. K. Marx, Capital, volume 1, Lawrence & Wishart, London, 1970. See G. Littlejohn, 'State, Plan and Market in the Transition to Socialism: The Legacy ofBukharin', Economy and Society, vol.
3, August 1978. It must be said, however, that Harris's article seems to be based on the supposition that one cannot both understand the labour theory of value and be critical of it. The debate is continued in Economy and Society, vol. 8, no. 3, August 1979. Various somewhat different comments on the difficulties of using the concepts of the labour theory of value for analysing the division oflabour have already been made in G. Littlejohn, 'Economic Calculation in the Soviet Union', Economy and Society, vol.