Socially Mixed Economies: How Social Gains Develop in Opposed Systems

Overview

Have you ever considered what the middle ground between capitalism and socialism would look like? Socially Mixed Economies offers a tantalizing snapshot of this brave new world, a third way born of compromise by countries accepting that social gains can develop in opposed systems. John Weber takes the reader on an intellectual journey through the give-and-take of post Cold War history. Drawing on examples from Europe, the United States, and the developing world this provocative work suggests that today's ...

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Overview

Have you ever considered what the middle ground between capitalism and socialism would look like? Socially Mixed Economies offers a tantalizing snapshot of this brave new world, a third way born of compromise by countries accepting that social gains can develop in opposed systems. John Weber takes the reader on an intellectual journey through the give-and-take of post Cold War history. Drawing on examples from Europe, the United States, and the developing world this provocative work suggests that today's political landscape is far from polarized between purely socialist and capitalist regimes. Rather than documenting the triumph of "pure" capitalism over "pure" socialism, by means of different country-specific examples, Weber illustrates how much of today's political fabric has been shaped by "concessions." The result is a socially mixed economy, of coexisting capitalist and socialist structures. This is essential reading for economists, political scientists, and historians seeking to understand the evolution of a new transitional society and its important, unprecedented consequences for twenty-first century world politics.

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Paul Buhle
Weber's understanding of the 'end of ideology' in the Yeltsin years is the best brief treatment of the subject that I have seen.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780739102701
  • Publisher: The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
  • Publication date: 8/15/2001
  • Pages: 216
  • Product dimensions: 9.21 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

The late John Weber was a self employed writer living in New York.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Foreword by James Lawler Chapter 2 Subverted at Birth Chapter 3 The Socialistic Shorter Working Day Chapter 4 The Grandest Concession Chapter 5 What If They Have No Boots? Chapter 6 Two Centuries: Two Concessions Chapter 7 Double Trouble for Women Chapter 8 The Movement Toward an Economic Bill of Rights Chapter 9 The Second Reconstruction Chapter 10 Health Care as Socialist Intruder Chapter 11 The Forty-Four Main Concessions and Some Patterns Observed Chapter 12 Two Worlds Or One? Chapter 13 The German Model Chapter 14 French and Italian Statism Chapter 15 The Wayward Six in Eastern Europe Chapter 16 The Vietnamese and Cuban Models Chapter 17 India's Special Ways Toward the Mix Chapter 18 The Portent of "Chinese Characteristics" Chapter 19 Four Mixtures Made in Russia Chapter 20 The Arena of Future Third Ways

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