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Capitalism, Democracy, Socialism: Critical Debates

  • First book to provide a comprehensive overview of some of the most urgent debates surrounding capitalism

  • Brings together an international group of scholars to provide a global perspective

  • Provides a uniquely comprehensive overview of the tensions and contradictions of contemporary capitalism

Part of the book series: Philosophy and Politics - Critical Explorations (PPCE, volume 22)

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Table of contents (10 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-vii
  2. Introduction

    • Albena Azmanova, James Chamberlain
    Pages 1-8
  3. Privatization and the Governance of the Commons

    • Jordi Mundó, Soledad Soza, Nayara F. Macedo de Medeiros Albrecht
    Pages 35-70
  4. Finance and the Financialization of Capitalism

    • Ivan Ascher, Carolyn Hardin, Steven Klein, Johnna Montgomerie, Emily Rosamond
    Pages 71-97
  5. Technology and the Future of Work

    • James Chamberlain, Denise Celentano, Keally McBride
    Pages 99-117
  6. Varieties of Neoliberal Capitalism

    • Jinah Kwon, George Klay Kieh, Tukumbi Lumumba-Kasongo
    Pages 119-146
  7. Cosmopolitanism, International Development and Human Rights

    • James Chamberlain, Kevin Hockmuth, David Ingram
    Pages 147-170
  8. Feminist Theory and Social Solidarity

    • Nathan Rochelle DuFord
    Pages 171-196
  9. Back Matter

    Pages 259-263

About this book

This book critically analyzes the current historical conjuncture of neoliberal capitalism with an eye to its emergent alternatives. Can democracy and capitalism thrive together? Is socialism a viable and a desirable alternative? What are the forms of emancipatory action and critical thought that can effectively chart a way forward?

Focusing on nine “critical debates” it provides a uniquely comprehensive overview of the tensions, contradictions, and latent emancipatory potential of contemporary global capitalism. The specific debates are as follows: capitalism’s relationship with democracy; privatization and governance of the commons; the financialization of capitalism; technology and the future of work; varieties of neoliberal capitalism; cosmopolitanism, international development, and human rights; feminist theory and social solidarity; sustainability and climate change; and theories of capitalist crisis.


  • Capitalism, Democracy, Socialism
  • Capitalism and Democracy
  • Complementarity, Complicity, Conflict, Compatibility
  • Privatization/Governance of the commons
  • Finance/ The financialization of capitalism
  • Global financial crisis and digital connectivity
  • Technology and the future of work
  • Environmental protection agendas
  • Alternative economics
  • Emancipatory transformations
  • International Development, human rights and cosmopolitanism
  • Feminist Theory and the demands of social solidarity
  • Political ideologies, socialism, and leftist theory
  • The nature of emancipatory critique

Editors and Affiliations

  • Brussels School of International Studies, University of Kent, Brussels, Belgium

    Albena Azmanova

  • Department of Political Science and Public Administration, Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, USA

    James Chamberlain

About the editors

Dr Albena Azmanova is a political scientist whose work centres on political epistemology and critical political economy. Her last book Capitalism on Edge: How Fighting Precarity Can Achieve Radical Change Without Crisis or Utopia (2020) has received awards by APSA, ISA and BISA. Her earlier work (The Scandal of Reason, 2012) elaborates a model of critical political judgement. She is most recently working on rule of law violations in liberal democracies (Binding the Guardian, report for the European Parliament, 2021). She was educated in Bulgaria (Sofia University) and the United States (the New School of Social Research, New York). She is currently Reader in Critical Theory at the University of Kent’s Brussels School of International Studies.

Dr. James Chamberlain is Associate Professor of Political Science at Mississippi State University, where he specializes in political theory. He holds a PhD in political science from the University of Washington. His first book, Undoing Work, Rethinking Community explores the political significance of paid work in contemporary capitalist societies, and was published in 2018 by Cornell University Press. He has also published on borders, migration and cosmopolitanism in journals including Political Theory, Contemporary Political Theory, Constellations, Philosophy and Social Criticism, Theory & Event, and Journal of International Political Theory. He is currently nearing completion of his second book manuscript, entitled Life and Death in Capitalism.

In 2021 Chamberlain and Azmanova founded and now edit the open- access journal Emancipations (, which publishes cutting-edge research on capitalism from around the globe.

Bibliographic Information

Buying options

eBook USD 109.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-3-031-08407-2
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Hardcover Book USD 139.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)