The Socialist Register 1988
Volume 24: Problems of Socialist Renewal: East & West

Miliband, Ralph; Panitch, Leo; Saville, John (eds.)
Publisher:  The Merlin Press, London, United Kingdom
Year Published:  1988
Pages:  448pp   ISBN:  0-85036-355-1
  Dewey:  355'.005
Resource Type:  Serial Publication (Periodical)
Cx Number:  CX3760

An examination of the prospects for socialism written shortly before the fall of the Soviet Union.

Events in the Soviet bloc are moving with astonishing rapidity, and following them through the mainstream media is a frustrating task, because the media are so blatantly ideological in their approach, and simultaneously so ill-formed, that they are rarely able to produce analyses that actually make sense of what is happening. This volume is welcome because the essays it contains offer a much more in-depth look at the actual dynamics of "socialist" societies and parties. Several essays also look at the prospects of socialists in the West, admitting that "the Left is doing badly and faces formidable challenges", but also suggesting that things can be done broaden support for progressive social change. Articles in this volume include Gorbachev and the Dynamics of Change, War and Revolution in Nicaragua, and Social Movements and Class Politics in the United States.


Table of Contents

Socialist Register 1988 Preface -Ralph Miliband, Leo Panitch, John Saville
Problems and Promise of Socialist Renewal -Ralph Miliband, Leo Panitch, John Saville
Gorbachev and the Dynamics of Change -K. S. Karol
Soviet History in the Gorbachev Revolution -R.W. Davies
"We are only Beginners" -Yuri Afanasyev
Recasting the Soviet State: Organizational Politics in the Gorbachev Era -Patrick Flaherty
Economic Reform and Democracy in the Soviet Union -David Mandel
Chinese Socialism: State, Bureaucracy and Reform -Roland Lew
War and Revolution in Nicaragua -Carlos M. Vilas
The Campesino Road to Socialism? The Sandinistas and Rural Co-operatives -Gary Ruchwarger
Italian Communism in Crisis -Stephen Hellman
Organization and Strategy in the Decline of French Communism -George Ross
Socialist Renewal and the Labour Party -Leo Panitch
British Working Class Fiction: The Sense of Loss and the Potential for Transformation -Luke Spencer
"Reaganism" after Reagan -Joshua Cohen, Joel Rogers
Social Movements and Class Politics in the United States -Vicente Navarro

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