Focusing on socialism as it has been practised in recent years, this text examines the serious set-backs that face its existence, particularly following events in Eastern Europe. The author argues that it is totalitarianism which is being rejected and not socialism as it was originally conceived. Instead of providing ordinary people, "the workers", with a larger share in economic decision-making, the socialist models have concentrated both economic and political power in the hands of the State, developing a form of state socialism. This second edition re-considers the arguments of the first text, and assesses the decisive swing to the right which has marked the political arena of the 1980s. The author, Evan Luard, has published a number of titles, many for Macmillan. These include "Conflict and Peace in the Modern International System", "The United Nations: How It Works and What It Does", "The Management of the World Economy", "International Agencies: The Emerging Framework of Interdependence" and "International Society".
Foreword to the Second Edition - Preface: Has Socialism a Future? - Introduction: The Debasement of Socialism - PART 1: THE TRIUMPH OF THE STATE - The Omnipotence of Organisation - The Take-over of Socialism by the State - The Decline of Community - The Death of Diversity - PART 2: INEQUALITY IN MODERN WORLD SOCIETY - The New Face of Inequality - Inequality in Political Influence - Inequality in Economic Power - Inequality in Wealth - PART 3: A NEW SOCIALISM - Socialism at the Grass-roots: Community Socialism - Socialism in the Stratosphere: World Socialism - Notes - Index