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Political Economy for Socialism


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Ideas

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Makoto Itoh
      Pages 3-17
    3. Makoto Itoh
      Pages 18-28
  3. Theories

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 29-29
    2. Makoto Itoh
      Pages 31-82
    3. Makoto Itoh
      Pages 83-139
  4. Realities

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 141-141
    2. Makoto Itoh
      Pages 143-159
    3. Makoto Itoh
      Pages 160-175
    4. Makoto Itoh
      Pages 176-212
    5. Makoto Itoh
      Pages 213-216
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 217-238

About this book


A reconsideration of socialism in the post-Soviet era based on the theoretical achievements of Japanese Marxist political economy. The origins and the various components of the broad current of socialist thought, as well as the implications of Marx's economic theories for socialism, are explored afresh. The Western debate on the rationality of a socialist economy, starting in the 1920s and continuing to the present, is reviewed and reassessed. The book further inquires into the nature, the achievements, and the character of the systemic change in the socialist economies of the Soviet Union, Eastern Europe, and China. The existence of a broad range of alternatives for future socialism, which can be chosen flexibly by the people of each society, is the message suggested by the book.


economy political economy socialism

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of TokyoJapan

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