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Alternatives to Capitalism : Studies in Marxism and Social Theory - Jon Elster

Alternatives to Capitalism

Studies in Marxism and Social Theory

By: Jon Elster (Editor), Karl O. Moene (Editor)

Paperback Published: 26th May 1989
ISBN: 9780521378154
Number Of Pages: 188

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The essays in this provocative collection survey and assess institutional arrangements that could be alternatives to capitalism as it exists today. The agreed point of departure among the contributors is that on the one hand, capitalism leads to unemployment, a lack of autonomy in the workplace, and massive income inequalities; while on the other hand, central socialist planning is characterized by underemployment, inefficiency, and bureaucracy. In Part I, various alternatives are proposed: profit-sharing systems, capitalism combined with some central planning, worker-owned firms in a market economy, or the introduction of the elements of market economy into a centrally planned economy as has occurred recently in Hungary. Part II provides a theoretical analysis and assessment of these systems.

Notes on the contributorsp. vii
Introductionp. 1
Alternatives
Internal subcontracting in Hungarian enterprisesp. 39
Profit-sharing capitalismp. 61
The unclearing marketp. 71
Strong unions or worker control?p. 83
The role of central planning under capitalism and market socialismp. 98
Criteria
Are freedom and equality compatible?p. 113
Self-realisation in work and politics: the Marxist conception of the good lifep. 127
Pubic ownership and private property externalitiesp. 159
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ISBN: 9780521378154
ISBN-10: 052137815X
Series: Studies in Marxism and Social Theory
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 188
Published: 26th May 1989
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.44 x 16.97  x 1.19
Weight (kg): 0.3