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Which Socialism? : Marxism, Socialism and Democracy

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In this powerful and provocative volume, Norberto Bobbio re-examines the uneasy relation between socialism and democracy. He argues that Marxist theory has failed to provide an adequate account of the nature and role of the state in socialist society and defends the concept of representative democracy.
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  • Paperback | 248 pages
  • 142 x 216 x 14mm | 328g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • Revised ed.
  • 0745601286
  • 9780745601281

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Can democracy provide a path to socialism? Can civil rights anddemocratic institutions be protected and developed in a socialistsociety? Does our view of the nature and value of democracy affectour understanding of socialism itself? In a world with regimeswhich profess to be socialist, which socialism is worth defendingtoday?

In this powerful and provocative volume, Norberto Bobbiore-examines the uneasy relation between socialism and democracy. Heargues that Marxist theory has failed to provide an adequateaccount of the nature and role of the state in socialist societyand defends the concept of representative democracy. Bobbio'sarguments sparked off a lively debate in Italy; this volumeincludes a reply by Antonio Negri. The volume also includes anessay by Bobbio on Marxism and international relations, and hisclassic text on Gramsci's conception of civil society.
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Table of contents

Introduction. 1. A socialist democracy?. 2. Is there a Marxist doctrine of the state?. 3. What alternatives are there to representative democracy?. 4. Why democracy?. 5. Which socialism?. 6. Is there a Marxist doctrine of the state?A reply by Antonio Negri. 7. Gramsci and the conception of civil society. 8. Marxism and socialism. 9. Marx and classics. 10. Marxism and international relations. Notes. Index.
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a ...the excellent introduction sets the stage for readers unfamiliar with Italian politics... Bobbioa s intelligence and clarity hold their own and this publication can only enhance his growing reputation.a New Statesman
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