After Capitalism

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Rowman & Littlefield, 2002 - Business & Economics - 193 pages
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Liberal, democratic capitalism as the end of history? Not necessarily. After Capitalism argues that there are forces developing in the world today that might constitute a "counterproject" to the project of globalizing capitalism. At present, however, this movement lacks a coherent vision of a viable, desirable alternative. After Capitalism attempts to fill this lacuna by articulating, as a successor-system to capitalism, a model of "Economic Democracy, " an economic system that preserves the efficiency strengths of a market economy, while extending democracy to the workplace and to the structures of investment finance.
 

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Contents

Counterproject SuccessorSystem Revolution
1
11 THE COUNTERPROJECT
3
12 SUCCESSORSYSTEM THEORY
7
13 HISTORICAL MATERIALISM
9
14 CRITERIA
11
15 REVOLUTION
12
16 A NOTE ON GENDER
14
17 AN OUTLINE OF THE ARGUMENT
16
46 ENVIRONMENTAL DEGRADATION
113
461 Overpopulation
114
462 Food Scarcity
115
463 Pollution
116
464 Optimism Pessimism Growth Development
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465 Why Capitalism Cant Save Us
121
Economic Democracy Why We Need It
127
SOME BEHAVIORAL CONSEQUENCES OF STRUCTURAL CHANGE
128

Justifying Capitalism
21
21 WHAT IS CAPITALISM? WHAT IS A CAPITALIST?
22
MARGINAL PRODUCT AS CONTRIBUTION
24
THE ENTREPRENEUR
31
PLAYING REVERSELOTTO
33
25 THE UTILITY AND DISUTILITY OF DEFERRED CONSUMPTION
39
26 TINA
43
Economic Democracy What It Is
45
311 Worker SelfManagement
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312 The Market
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313 Social Control of Investment
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32 THE VIABILITY OF ECONOMIC DEMOCRACY
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33 THE MONDRAGON EXPERIMENT
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34 A NOTE ON THE PUBLIC SECTOR
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35 FAIR TRADE NOT FREE TRADE
76
THE EXPANDED MODEL
80
361 Socialist Savings and Loan Associations
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362 Capitalists under Socialism
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Capitalism and Its Discontents
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41 INEQUALITY
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42 UNEMPLOYMENT
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43 OVERWORK
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44 POVERTY
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45 DEMOCRACY LACK THEREOF
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451 A Note on Anticommunism
110
52 INEQUALITY
131
53 UNEMPLOYMENT
135
531 A Note on Inflation
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54 OVERWORK
140
55 POVERTY
143
551 Poverty in Rich Countries
144
553 A Note on Immigration
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554 Poverty in Poor Countries
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56 DEMOCRACY
151
561 A Note on Liberty
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562 A Note on Political Parties
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563 Democracy and Imperialism
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57 ECOLOGY
156
Getting from Here to There
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62 AN ECONOMIC DEMOCRACY REFORM AGENDA
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621 The Extension and Deepening of Workplace Democracy
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623 Toward Fair Trade
170
631 Radical Quick
171
632 Once MoreThis Time with Feeling for the Stockholders
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64 A NEW COMMUNISM?
177
Bibliography
181
Index
187
About the Author
193
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David Schweickart is professor of philosophy at the Loyola University of Chicago and holds Ph.D.s in both philosophy and mathematics. He is author of Against Capitalism (Cambridge University Press, 1993) and Capitalism or Worker Control? An Ethical Economic Appraisal (Praeger, 1980), and co-author of Market Socialism: The Debate Among Socialists (Routledge, 1998).

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