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Marxism and Democracy

Joseph V. Femia


The collapse of the Soviet Union apparently sounded the death knell for Marxism as a blueprint for social change. Why has this doctrine—the repository of so many hopes and dreams—failed in its grand ambition to liberate the human race from poverty and oppression? Through a critical and systematic analysis of what Marx and his disciples had to say about democracy, the book tries to shed light on the reasons for this failure. It explores the bewildering variety of Marxist attitudes to democracy and relates this diversity to Marxism's inconsistent goals: active political participation and all‐emb ... More

Keywords: central planning, democracy, despotism, emancipation, Marxism, political participation, Soviet Union

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Print publication date: 1993 Print ISBN-13: 9780198279211
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0198279213.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joseph V. Femia, author
University of Liverpool
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