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Socialism for a Sceptical Age

  • ID: 2247563
  • Book
  • January 1995
  • 224 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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This original volume offers a critical examination of a number of developments which in recent years have undermined the idea of socialism and eroded its electoral appeal. Among these developments are the collapse of communist regimes, the fragmentation of the constituencies upon which earlier socialist advances depended, changes in the organization and dynamics of capitalism, and a death of agencies committed to the socialist project.

The book argues that a social order dominated by the logic of capital and competition cannot, despite all the positive claims made on its behalf, produce the conditions which make true citizenship and community possible. By contrast, socialism offers an attractive and feasible programme for the realization of these ideals. Miliband argues that socialism cannot be seen as an answer to all the ills which have plagued humankind. Socialism, in his view, has to be understood as part of an age–old struggle for a more just society and he believes that, seen in this light, socialism remains not only desirable but also perfectly possible. Moreover, he believes, socialism will, in time, come to command a majority support which its advancement requires.

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1. The Case Against Capitalism.

2. Socialist Aspirations.

3. Mechanisms of Democracy.

4. The Mixed Economy, Socialist Style.

5. Constituencies, Agencies, Strategies.

6. The Politics of Survival.

7. Prospects.


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Ralph Miliband
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