Alternatives to Capitalism: Proposals for a Democratic Economy presents a debate between two such possibilities: Robin Hahnel’s “participatory economics” and Erik Olin Wright’s “real utopian” socialism. It is a detailed and rewarding discussion that illuminates a range of issues and dilemmas of crucial importance to any serious effort to build a better world.
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About the Author
Erik Olin Wright is Vilas Distinguished Professor of Sociology at the University of Wisconsin. He is the author of many books, including Classes, Interrogating Inequality, Class Counts, Deepening Democracy (with Archon Fung), Envisioning Real Utopias (2010) and Understanding Class (2015).
Table of Contents
Introduction: A Dialogue Ed Lewis 1
1 The Case for Participatory Economics Robin Hahnel 7
2 Participatory Economics: A Sympathetic Critique Erik Olin Wright 17
3 In Defense of Participatory Economics Robin Hahnel 48
4 Socialism and Real Utopias Erik Olin Wright 75
5 Breaking with Capitalism Robin Hahnel 106
6 Final Thoughts Erik Olin Wright 131
About the Authors 150