Beyond Liberal Egalitarianism

Beyond Liberal Egalitarianism Marx and Normative Social Theory in the Twenty-First Century

Paperback (22 Oct 2018) | English

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Synopsis

Progressive theorists and activists insist that contemporary capitalism is deeply flawed from a normative point of view. However, most accept the liberal egalitarian thesis that the serious shortcomings of market societies could be overcome with proper political regulation. Building on Marx's legacy, Tony Smith argues that advocates of this thesis lack an adequate concept of capital and the state, and fail to comprehend new developments in world history ensuring that the 'destructive' aspects of capitalism increasingly outweigh whatever 'creative' elements it might continue to possess.

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Book information

ISBN: 9781608469970
Publisher: Haymarket Books
Imprint: Haymarket Books
Pub date:
DEWEY: 335
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Sales rank: 15440
Number of pages: 386
Weight: 522g
Height: 153mm
Width: 228mm
Spine width: 23mm