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Macpherson’s Socialism

  • Frank Cunningham
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Part of the Critical Political Theory and Radical Practice book series (CPTRP)

Abstract

Macpherson’s understanding of socialism as a system supporting robust equality and as rejection of a society dominated by a competitive market is explained, and several related themes are addressed including the shortcomings of welfare capitalism, the importance of social-movement activism, the limitations of political party-dominated representative democracy, realism and utopianism, and socialist vanguardism. The chapter concludes with an appendix on the relation of Macpherson’s theories to Marxism.

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  • Frank Cunningham
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  1. 1.Departments of Philosophy & Political ScienceUniversity of TorontoTorontoCanada

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