Rescuing the middle ground: neo-liberalism and associational socialism

Martell, Luke (1993) Rescuing the middle ground: neo-liberalism and associational socialism. Economy and Society, 22 (1). pp. 100-113. ISSN 0308-5147

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This paper replies to Peter Saunders' critique of my ‘New ideas of socialism’ and takes the debate further by clarifying my advocacy of ‘associational socialism’ and making a more general critique of neo-liberalism. The combination of decentralization and co-operative co-ordination envisaged in the idea of associationalism’ is defended and clarified. It is argued that repression is not necessarily inherent in socialist ends. Libertarians are seen to be poor liberals with a limited and unambitious concept of freedom which focuses on the dangers of state power but glosses over economic and social threats to liberty. It is argued that socialism should be about balancing liberal and socialist principles rather than opting for one side over the other.

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Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Sociology
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Depositing User: Luke Martell
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 21:01
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2019 16:01

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