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Socialism, Capitalism and Alternatives

Area Studies and Global Theories

In 1989, the Berlin Wall came down. Two years later, the Soviet Union disintegrated. The collapse of Communism in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union discredited the idea of socialism for generations to come. It was seen as representing the final and irreversible victory of capitalism. This triumphant dominance was barely challenged until the 2008 financial crisis threw the Western world into a state of turmoil. 

Through analysis of post-Socialist Russia and Central and Eastern Europe, as well as of the United Kingdom, China, and the United States, Socialism, Capitalism and Alternatives confronts the difficulty we face in articulating alternatives to capitalism, socialism, and threatening populist regimes. Beginning with accounts of the impact of capitalism on countries left behind by the planned economies, the book moves on to consider how China has become a beacon of dynamic economic growth, aggressively expanding its global influence. The final section of the book poses alternatives to the ideological dominance of neoliberalism in the West.
 

252 pages | 3 halftones | 9 1/4 x 6 1/4

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Table of Contents

PART I: Capitalism in Action
Chapter 1: Semi-Dependent Capitalism: Russia
Ruslan Dzarasov
Chapter 2: Diversifying the Super-Rich: -Listed Russians from a Muslim BackgroundForbes
Catherine Suart
Chapter 3: The Culture of Elite Philanthropy: Russia and the United Kingdom Compared
Tim Monteath and Elisabeth Schimpfössl
Chapter 4: Between the Public and the Private: Socialism, Capitalism and Street Socialization in Georgia
Costanza Curro

PART II: China Today and as a Future Alternative
Chapter 5: Marking it in China: The Determinants of Economic Success in a Socialist Market System
Ion Marandici
Chapter 6: The Revival of Marxism in China: Could it Herald a Communist Reformation?
Heiko Khoo
Chapter 7: China’s Emerging Liberal Partnership Order and Russian and US Responses: Evidence from the Belt and Road Initiative in Eurasia
Peter Braga and Stephen G. F. Hall

PART III: Alternatives in the West
Chapter 8: Neo-Liberalism, Keynesianism and the Current Crisis
Geoffrey Hosking
Chapter 9: Political Alternatives on the Western Left: Podemos, Syriza, Sanders and Corbyn
Peter J.S. Duncan
Conclusion
Peter J.S. Duncan and Elisabeth Schimpfössl

PART I: Capitalism in Action
Chapter 1: Semi-Dependent Capitalism: Russia
Ruslan Dzarasov
Chapter 2: Diversifying the Super-Rich: -Listed Russians from a Muslim BackgroundForbes
Catherine Suart
Chapter 3: The Culture of Elite Philanthropy: Russia and the United Kingdom Compared
Tim Monteath and Elisabeth Schimpfössl
Chapter 4: Between the Public and the Private: Socialism, Capitalism and Street Socialization in Georgia
Costanza Curro

PART II: China Today and as a Future Alternative
Chapter 5: Marking it in China: The Determinants of Economic Success in a Socialist Market System
Ion Marandici
Chapter 6: The Revival of Marxism in China: Could it Herald a Communist Reformation?
Heiko Khoo
Chapter 7: China’s Emerging Liberal Partnership Order and Russian and US Responses: Evidence from the Belt and Road Initiative in Eurasia
Peter Braga and Stephen G. F. Hall

PART III: Alternatives in the West
Chapter 8: Neo-Liberalism, Keynesianism and the Current Crisis
Geoffrey Hosking
Chapter 9: Political Alternatives on the Western Left: Podemos, Syriza, Sanders and Corbyn
Peter J.S. Duncan
Conclusion
Peter J.S. Duncan and Elisabeth Schimpfössl

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