The Transition from Capitalism

Marxist Perspectives

Editors: Rahnema, Saeed (Ed.)

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  • Features a series of interviews with a number of prominent Marxist theorists and activists, offering diverse standpoints from different parts of the world
  • Employs new theoretical approaches, based on clear definitions of the final goal of socialism
  • Argues that capitalism is not sustainable in the long run, and that a post-capitalist society is possible when a counter-hegemony at different national and global levels can replace it with a superior socio-economic system
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Through a series of conversations with prominent theorists and leading political activists in different parts of the world, this book explores the causes of the setbacks of both the reformist and revolutionary strategies of the socialist Left. Addressing the larger questions around the agenda(s) of socialism in the era of globalization, the interviewees believe that capitalism is not sustainable in the long run, due largely to its inherent contradictions, and that a post-capitalist social world order is inevitable and attainable. Despite notable differences, what emerges from this collection of voices and perspectives is a unified call to mobilize and organize for radical change through engagement with the various social groups that could play instrumental roles in the transition beyond a capitalist social formation.

About the authors

Saeed Rahnema teaches at York University, Canada. He was the Founding Director and award-winning Professor of York's School of Public Policy and Administration, served as a Director of the Middle East Economic Association, and as an Officer of the United Nations Development Programme. During the Iranian revolution of 1979, Rahnema was a leading activist in the Workers' Council movement.

Reviews

“A brilliant gateway to some of the salient discussions on the left, orienting the reader with a map of left theory and politics as they stand today… this book is an open debate, refreshing in the originality of the answers it provides to perennial questions.” (Onur Acaroglu, Marx and Philosophy, marxandphilosophy.org.uk, April 05, 2019)



“For anyone who thinks, or fears, that ‘humanity cannot survive under capitalism’, as the renowned Indian analyst Aijaz Ahmad succinctly puts it in this remarkable book, the question of how a transition to socialism can be achieved has become even more urgent than when it was first posed almost 200 years ago. The twelve famous socialist thinkers and activists skilfully interviewed by Saeed Rahnema return answers to the question that are in many ways convergent – and free from dogma, historically rich, and honest.”(Colin Leys, Associate Editor, Socialist Register)

“Clarity about the movement toward socialism is vital in our period of increasing economic, political, and ecological crisis and transition. In Transition From Capitalism Saeed Rahnema has brought together some of the leading socialist thinkers of our time to address these vital issues. No one will agree with all of the points of view expressed here; everyone will gain from considering them.” (John Bellamy Foster, Editor, Monthly Review)

“What is more important today than connecting what is badly needed to what is possible and to what is already happening in some places with all the groups that are required to complete this long-in-coming TRANSITION to a better world? To bring together so many of the Left's leading thinkers to share their perspectives on this crucial subject and to present the results in what functions like a round-table discussion, highlighting the interaction between the participants, is a remarkable achievement for which Saeed Rahnema, deserves our special thanks. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.” (Bertell Ollman, Professor of Politics, New York University)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)
  • Introduction: The Question of Transition from Capitalism

    Pages 1-26

    Rahnema, Saeed

  • Failures and Achievements of the Past

    Pages 27-52

    Rahnema, Saeed

  • Which Revolution?

    Pages 53-85

    Rahnema, Saeed

  • Peaceful Transition

    Pages 87-107

    Rahnema, Saeed

  • Globalization and Socialism in One Country

    Pages 109-133

    Rahnema, Saeed

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Softcover $29.99
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Transition from Capitalism
Book Subtitle
Marxist Perspectives
Editors
  • Saeed Rahnema
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-43835-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-43835-1
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-82921-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 208
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