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Edited by Leo Panitch and Greg Albo
Have we now reached 'the end of history' with the triumph of capitalist liberal democracy? Is socialism an enemy of democracy? Or could socialism develop, expand and enhance democracy?
The antagonism between liberalism and democratic processes is increasingly visible: we can see the contradictions of capitalist globalization, a rise of authoritarian politics in many states, and concepts of post-democracy, anti-politics, and the like gaining currency in theoretical and political debate.
This volume seeks a re-appraisal of actually-existing liberal democracy today, but its main goal to help lay the foundations for new visions and practices in the development of socialist democracy. Amidst the contradictions of neoliberal capitalism today, the responsibility to sort out the relationship between socialism and democracy has never been greater. No revival of socialist politics in the 21st century can occur apart from founding new democratic institutions and practices.
Sheila Rowbotham: Women,: linking lives with democracy;
Martijn Konings: From Hayek to Trump: the logic of neoliberal democracy;;
Alex Demirovic: Radical democracy and socialism;
Dennis Pilon: The struggle over actually existing democracy;
James Foley & Pete Ramand: In fear of populism: referendums and neoliberal democracy;
Sharryn Kasmir: Cooperative democracy or competitiveness? rethinking Mondragon;
Adam Hilton: Organized for democracy? Challenging the US Democratic Party;
Natalie Fenton & Des Freedman: Fake democracy, bad news;
Nina Power: Digital democracy?;
Tom Mills: Democracy and public broadcasting;
Ramon Ribera Fumaz & Greig Charnock: Barcelona en comu: urban democracy and 'the common good';
Leandro Vergara-Camus & Cristobal Kay: New agrarian democracies? The pink tide's lost opportunity;
Michelle Williams: Practising democratic communism: the Kerala experience;
Paul Raekstad: From democracy to socialism, then and now;
Ian McKay: Challenging the common sense of neoliberalism: Gramsci, Macpherson and the next left;;
ISBN. 978-0-85036-733-1 paperback
Published October 2017