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In 1989 the Berlin Wall came down. Two years later the Soviet Union disintegrated. The collapse of communism in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union discredited the idea of socialism for generations to come. It was seen as representing the final and irreversible victory of capitalism. This triumphal dominance was barely challenged until the 2008 financial crisis threw the Western world into a state of turmoil. Through analysis of post-socialist Russia and Central and Eastern Europe, as well as of the United Kingdom, China and the United States, Socialism, Capitalism and Alternatives confronts the difficulty we face in articulating alternatives to capitalism, socialism and threatening populist regimes. Beginning with accounts of the impact of capitalism on countries left behind by the planned economies, the volume moves on to consider how China has become a beacon of dynamic economic growth, aggressively expanding its global influence. The final section of the volume poses alternatives to the ideological dominance of neoliberalism in the West. Since the 2008 financial crisis, demands for social change have erupted across the world. Exposing the failure of neoliberalism in the United Kingdom and examining recent social movements in Europe and the United States, the closing chapters identify how elements of past ideas are re-emerging, among them Keynesianism and radical socialism. As those chapters indicate, these ideas might well have potential to mobilise support and challenge the dominance of neoliberalism.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Halftitle
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  1. Series Page
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Copyright
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  1. Contents
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  1. List of figures
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  1. List of tables
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  1. List of contributors
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  1. Preface
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  1. Acknowledgements
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  1. Introduction
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  1. Part I: Capitalism in action
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  1. 1. Semi-dependent capitalism: Russia
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  1. 2. Diversifying the super-rich: Forbes-listed Russians from a Muslim background
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  1. 3. The culture of elite philanthropy: Russia and the United Kingdom compared
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  1. 4. Between the public and the private: Socialism, capitalism and street socialisation in Georgia
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  1. Part II: China today and as a future alternative
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  1. 5. Making it in China: The determinants of economic success in a socialist market system
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  1. 6. The revival of Marxism in China: Could it herald a Communist Reformation?
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  1. 7. China’s emerging liberal partnership order and Russian and US responses: Evidence from the Belt and Road Initiative in Eurasia
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  1. Part III: Alternatives in the West
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  1. 8. Neo-liberalism, Keynesianism and the current crisis
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  1. 9. Political alternatives on the Western Left: Podemos, Syriza, Sanders and Corbyn
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  1. Conclusion
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  1. Index
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  1. Backmatter
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781787353824
Related ISBN
9781787353831
MARC Record
OCLC
1231547320
Launched on MUSE
2021-01-19
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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