Renewing Socialism: Transforming Democracy, Strategy and Imagination

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Intellectual and engaging, this collection of political essays examines the failures of socialism in the 20th century with candor, vigorously exploring the nature of global capitalism and offering a vision of a reinvigorated socialism that ambitiously counters weakening pessimism. An outspoken perspective on modern political systems, this book revitalizes socialist thought and rethinks the socialist practice toward a realistic utopia.

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Overview

Intellectual and engaging, this collection of political essays examines the failures of socialism in the 20th century with candor, vigorously exploring the nature of global capitalism and offering a vision of a reinvigorated socialism that ambitiously counters weakening pessimism. An outspoken perspective on modern political systems, this book revitalizes socialist thought and rethinks the socialist practice toward a realistic utopia.

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"A wonderful writer who bridges the disjuncture between theory and political praxis. This is an important book in both scholarly and political terms."  —John C. Berg, professor, Suffolk University

"Panitch's work is consistently characterized by intelligence, rigor, and commitment. A highly original contribution."  —David Abraham, professor, University of Miami

"The best thing I've read on the revolution/reform issue."  —John Manley, professor, Stanford University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780850365917
  • Publisher: Merlin Press Limited, The
  • Publication date: 12/1/2007
  • Pages: 296
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Leo Panitch is the Canada research chair of comparative political economy at York University. He is the coauthor of Global Capitalism and American Empire. He lives in Toronto, Ontario.

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Table of Contents

1 Rethinking revolution and reform in capitalism democracies 13

2 Observations on communism's demise 42

3 Liberal democracy and socialist democracy 72

4 The legacy of the The communist manifesto in a global capitalism 98

5 Globalization and left strategies 128

6 Bringing class back in : reflections on strategy for labour 151

7 Transcending pessimism : rekindling socialist imagination 181

8 Renewing socialism : an interview with Leo Panitch 213

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