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Boswell and Chase-Dunn describe a spiral of capitalism and socialism--of economic expansion and social progress--that creates repeated opportunities for positive transformation at the global level. They contend that social democracy is both desirable and possible at the level of the world-system. And they present a straightforward, compelling case in support of that contention.
The book begins with an explanation of the structural dynamics of the world-system and goes on to explore the great failures, and the limited successes, that were the outcome of efforts to build a state-socialist "second world." A final section addresses the possible futures of the world-system and, especially, how to move realistically toward global democracy.
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|Introduction: Global Democracy||1|
|1||The Political Economy of the Capitalist World-System||17|
|2||World Revolutions and the Political Economy of Socialism||51|
|3||The Revolutions of 1989||97|
|4||The Spiral of Capitalism and Socialism||131|
|5||Getting Past the Post||159|
|6||The Future of the World-System||199|
|About the Book||281|