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Democratic Theory and Socialism - Frank Cunningham

Democratic Theory and Socialism

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Published: 18th April 1988
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This book is an important contribution to the theory of democracy and socialism. The underlying question it poses is: how, if at all, can one have both socialism and democracy? In posing an answer to this question, Professor Cunningham addresses the following topics: the definition of democracy and whether socialism is necessary to its progress: the socialist retrieval of liberal democracy associated with the work of C. B. Macpherson: the political consciousness that Gramsci placed at the center of socialist politics: and attempts by those in women"s and national liberation movements to go beyond "class reductionism" in socialist theory and practice. Unlike other works on this topic, the book devotes much attention to defining key terms and drawing politically relevant conclusions. It will therefore be fully accessible to undergraduates as well as graduates and teachers of philosophy and political science.

Preface
Introduction
What is to be asked?
Marxism and methodology
Justifying Democracy and Socialism
Democracy: more or less
Justifying democracy
Capitalism, socialism and equality
Justifying socialism
The Retrieval of Liberal democracy
Liberal democracy
Superseded liberal democracy
Practical Solutions to Theoretical Problems
Class reductionism
False consciousness
Conclusion
The politics of democratic socialism
Notes
Index
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ISBN: 9780521335782
ISBN-10: 0521335787
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 380
Published: 18th April 1988
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 2.16
Weight (kg): 0.55