Democracy And Equality: Theories And Programs For The Modern World

Hardcover | April 1, 1989

byRonald M. Glassman

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While the romantic notions of social and economic equality once espoused by the socialist movement have been overshadowed by the realities of government power, bureaucractic inefficiency, and class divisions, Glassman claims that the quest for equality and social justice can and must be pursued within legal-democratic societies. He contends that the quest for equality within the democratic framework is politically, economically, morally, and socially beneficial. Using the theoretical principles of Aristotle, Rawls, and Keynes, Glassman demonstrates that the development of practical programs can allow an expansion of the middle class and a greater degree of equality within capitalist democratic societies. Along with these three non-socialist theories for equality, the book analyzes some contemporary democratic-socialist programs that have been developed for the same objective. All the proposed programs throughout this book emphatically establish democracy as an essential factor and then work toward achieving greater equality within the parameters set by the legal-democratic state. Democracy and Equality will prove invaluable to anyone interested in social theory, the principles of equality, and political and economic developement of the industrial state.

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While the romantic notions of social and economic equality once espoused by the socialist movement have been overshadowed by the realities of government power, bureaucractic inefficiency, and class divisions, Glassman claims that the quest for equality and social justice can and must be pursued within legal-democratic societies. He con...

Format:HardcoverDimensions:234 pages, 9.41 × 7.24 × 0.98 inPublished:April 1, 1989Publisher:Praeger Publishers

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ISBN - 10:0275931005

ISBN - 13:9780275931001

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?Expanding the structural theories of political economy of earlier studies, Glassman's critical interpretation of the sociological importance of capitalism for liberal democracy demarcates this from his previous works, mostly concerned with social theories of economics, and others like it, such as Raymond Murphy's Social Cloture (1988) and Ralf Dahrendorf's Essay's in the Theory of Society (1968). Glassman's Keynesian critique of conservative and socialist political economy which builds in the economic ideas of Aristotle, J.M. Keynes, and John Rawls, places him in the same tradition of political economy as Adolph Lowe, Robert Eisner, and J.K. Galbraith. Although the thesis that extreme inequalities of wealth threaten democracy is shared in critiques like Robert Dahl's Polyarchy, and Philip Green's Retrieving Democracy, Glassman's defense of equality is not concurrent with their critique of class theory. This ability to establish a realistic balance between the expression of economic and political forces that affect legal democracy makes the book's polemical, critical theoretical, and practical considerations a critique of the welfare state to be read alike by friends and foes of capitalism. Recommended for all scholars of contemporary political economics, American politics, political philosophy, and social theory.?-Choice