Socialism After Communism

Socialism After Communism : The New Market Socialism

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In this book the author examines the concept of "the end of socialism" assessing the evidence that underpins this position, analysing market socialism and confronting the question of whether any form of socialism can any longer be thought to be "feasible".show more

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  • Paperback | 264 pages
  • 156 x 227 x 14mm | 388g
  • Polity Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745614582
  • 9780745614588

Table of contents

Preface. Introduction. Part I: The Death of Socialism? . 1. Socialism's Disappearing Social Base. 2. The Declining Political Economy of Socialism. 3. The Ideological and Epistemological Crises of Socialism at 'The End of History'. Part II: The Case For Market Socialism. . 4. A Model of Market Socialism. Part III: Market Socialism Assessed. . 5. Market Socialism: 'A Contradiction in Terms'?. 6. The Political Economy of Labour Management. 7. Democracy and State under Market Socialism. 8. Feasible Socialism?. Conclusion. Notes. Bibliography. more

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"This is an agnostic book and it is all the more credible for that. It clears a great deal of intellectual rubbish out of the way and establishes that the real questions for socialists now are precisely the ones occluded by the new Clause 4." New Statesman and Society "A valuable source for the more advanced undergraduate student of contemporary politics and for those exercised by debates over socialisma s future." Aslib Book Guide "This is an excellent book. It is rare that one has the opportunity to review a work that is comprehensive in its scope of analysis and also written in an extremely readable style. Christopher Pierson reviews debates about market socialism, in terms of its various features and practical feasibility, in a manner that academics and non--academics, specialists and non--specialists will find easy to understand. This is essential reading for all those with an interest in the potential of socialism in modern society." British Journal of Sociologyshow more