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Socialism

An Analysis of Its Past and Future

Erzsébet Szalai is Professor of Sociology at the Institute of Political Science of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.

In this short, but rich piece of work, Erzsébet Szalai offers a neo-socialist alternative to socialism and neo-capitalism. Drawing upon the fertile tradition of left-wing Hungarian Social Science, she offers her own theory of transitional society, suggesting that socialism was not an independent formation, but instead a society in transition. She relocates soviet-type societies on the semi-periphery of the capitalist world system. In addition she offers a critique of capitalism that pivots on the two connected issues of over production and ecological crisis. She makes the distinction between an anti-globalism critique and a globalization critique, locating herself in the latter. This work offers readers the opportunity to engage in a critique of capitalism that is organized along a new understanding of socialism itself.

Contents

Preface Chapter 1 The Power Structure and Ownership Relations of the Semi-Peripheral Socialism Chapter 2 Power and Society Chapter 3 The Issue of Interest Integration Chapter 4 Actors of the Open Crisis Chapter 5 The Socio-cultural Heritage and Its Structural Effects Chapter 6 One-party System and the Transitory Society Chapter 7 The Chances of the New Socialist Alternative Bibliography


2005
86 pages
ISBN 978-963-7326-28-6 paper $17.95 / €13.95 / £12.99

 

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