Can we conceive of a market economy that fulfills the ideals of socialism? Here, Miller provides a comprehensive examination, from the standpoint of political theory, of an economy in which market mechanisms retain a central role, but in which capitalist patterns of ownership have been superseded. He shows that liberal ideas of freedom, justice, and efficiency cannot be used to vindicate laissez-faire capitalism, and rebuts left-wing criticisms of a socialist market economy. Justifying his ideas as a workable option, he then presents a new model of the socialist state, whose central idea is that of democratic citizenship.
From the hardback:
`He is ... to be congratulated upon a brave pluralist foray into monolithic territory. Very many sensible, sensitive and civilized things are said in the course of this book.
Times Higher Education Supplement
`a distinguished contribution ... a persuasive work of socialist reconstruction built upon the remains of the libertarian argument ... a comprehensive and lucid statement of the case for market socialism
Alan Carling, University of Bradford, American Political Science Review
`what Miller has done is to show that sophisticated arguments can be made for something plausibly called socialism, and many of the detailed issues he examines are discussed illuminatingly ... Only Clarendon Press, it seems, can still turn out books that are good to look at and designed for easy use.
`Miller's discussion of deliberative democracy is noteworthy for its provocative claim that a modern nation-state can be a genuine community and for a sensitive account of the limits of toleration in a socialist democracy that is striving to maintain nationwide community ... there is much to admire in this book.
Journal of Social Policy
While the first two components contain little that is new, they constitute an excellent appraisal of the present state of the debate on the questions they examine. Miller writes clearly and succinctly, is anxious to acknowledge the strengths of his opponents' positions and to put them in perspective. Even those familiar with these debates will be grateful for such a competent and comprehensive review of the arguments, while those who want an introduction to
them could hardly do better than take him as a guide.
`His book enriches the literature on market socialism and offers a significant, substantive contribution to the continuing debate over socialism's future.
Co-operative Economic News Service (US), January-April 1992
`The book is well written and is most suitable for upper-division and graduate students.
C. Bina, Providence College, Choice, Jul/Aug 1990
Part I: A critique of libertarianism: Freedom; Procedural justice; Market neutrality; Altruism and welfare; part II: A defence of markets; Consumer sovereignty; Distributive justice; Exploitation; Alienation and Communism; Part III: The politics of democratic Socialism: Community and citizenship; Politics as dialogue; Toleration; The Socialist state; Conclusion; References; Index
Series: Clarendon Paperbacks
Number Of Pages: 376
Published: 6th December 1990
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.46 x 13.97
Weight (kg): 0.53