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Socialism for a Sceptical Age

Socialism for a Sceptical Age

Ralph Miliband

ISBN: 978-0-745-61427-4

Feb 1995

224 pages

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$32.50

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This book presents Ralph Miliband's reflections on the world socialists face after the fall of communism and the fundamental changes in social structure which Western societies have undergone in recent times. Miliband argues thta socialism has to be understood as part of an age-old struggle for a more just society and, seen in this light, socialism remains not only desirable but perfectly possible.
Introduction.

1. The Case Against Capitalism.

2. Socialist Aspirations.

3. Mechanisms of Democracy.

4. The Mixed Economy, Socialist Style.

5. Constituencies, Agencies, Strategies.

6. The Politics of Survival.

7. Prospects.

Index.

'Socialism for a Sceptical Age is in some sort Miliband's political testament. Starting from the far left rather than the revisionist or 'new times' right, cosmopolitan rather than parochial, concerned with reinventing socialism rather rewriting Clause Four, Miliband still comes uncannily close to converging on the common sense of Labour politics.' New Statesman and Society

'His last book is a valuable contribution to an ongoing debate. I strongly recommend everyone interested in politics to read it and discuss its ideas.' New Times

'The excesses of privatization, and the decline in public provision of health, education and transport, are causing a reassessment of the market-led revolution of the 1980s. Miliband's thoughtful, well-written tract is a contribution tothat reassessment.' Political Studies

'Contributes to academic analysis, while also providing food for thought ... Miliband's final work is important and challenging.' Contemporary Politics

'Miliband at his best as a critic of capitalism and a defender of socialism.' Green Left

'His last work is invaluable reading ... this book leaves one's thinking rejuvenated ... As with all Miliband's writing, it is concise and easy to read as well as being intellectually stimulating ... I cannot recommend it too highly.' Critical Social Policy

* This volume presents Miliband's reflections on the world socialists face after the fall of communism and the fundamental changes in social structure which Western societies have undergone in recent times. Miliband's thought is consistently innovative and insightful.
* The volume presents a thorough defence of the socialist project in an age sceptical about socialism. This is a thoroughly original re-examination of the socialist project by a committed believer.
* This book will be widely reviewed.