Rethinking Democracy

978-93-80118-64-2

LeftWord Books, 2017

xiv+321 pages

Series: Socialist Register 2018

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The antagonism between liberalism and democratic processes is increasingly visible amidst the contradictions of capitalist globalization today. This is seen in authoritarian measures being adopted by so many states, as well as in concepts like post-democracy gaining currency in theoretical and political debate. The 2018 volume of the Socialist Register on Rethinking Democracy was conceived as a companion volume to the 2017 volume on Rethinking Revolution. No revival of socialist politics in the twenty-first century can occur apart from founding radical new democratic institutions and practices.

Contents:–

* The struggle over actually-existing democracy

* Women: linking lives with democracy

* From Hayek to Trump: the logic of neoliberal democracy

* Can the Democratic Party really be transformed?

* The media: bad news, public broadcasting and digital democracy

* New democratic practices: Mondragon, Barcelona, Kerala, South America

* The relationship between Marxism, liberalism and radical democracy

Contributors: Greig Charnok | Alex Demirovic | Natalie Fenton | James Foley | Des Freedman | Ramon Ribera Fumaz | Adam Hilton | Sharryn Kasmir | Cristobal Kay | Martijn Konings | Ian McKay | Tom Mills | Dennis Pilon | Nina Power | Paul Raekstad | Pete Ramand | Sheila Rowbotham | Leandro Vergara-Camus | Michelle Williams

Greg Albo

Greg Albo teaches political economy at the Department of Political Science, York University, Toronto. He is currently co-editor of the Socialist Register. He is also on the editorial boards of Studies in Political Economy, Relay, Capitalism, Nature, Socialism, Canadian Dimension, The Bullet and Historical Materialism (England). Co-editor of A Different Kind of State: Popular Power and Democratic Administration and author of numerous articles in journals such as Studies in Political Economy, Socialist Register, Canadian Dimension, and Monthly Review.


Leo Panitch

Leo Victor Panitch, (born May 3, 1945, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada) is a Distinguished Research Professor of Political Science and Canada Research Chair in Comparative Political Economy at York University. Since 1985, he has served as co-editor of the Socialist Register, which describes itself as "an annual survey of movements and ideas from the standpoint of the independent new left". Panitch himself sees the Register as playing a major role in developing Marxism's conceptual framework for advancing a democratic, co-operative and egalitarian, socialist alternative to capitalist competition, exploitation and insecurity.