A manifesto for socialist development in the 21st Century

Selwyn, Benjamin (2018) A manifesto for socialist development in the 21st Century. Economic and Political Weekly, 53 (36). pp. 47-55. ISSN 0012-9976

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What might socialist development look like? Mainstream conceptions of development regard capital accumulation as the bedrock upon which to achieve human development. In these conceptions of change, labouring classes are regarded as fuel for the development motor, which in turn justifies their exploitation and oppression. This essay asks, in contrast, how a non-exploitative socialist development strategy might be operationalised. It does so by conducting a thought experiment: Imagine that labouring classes, supported by a small-farmer/peasant sector have conquered political power in a poor country. Imagine too, that there is no immediate prospect of a socialist ascendency elsewhere in the world. What kinds of development strategies, policies and practices would and could a nascent socialist state pursue? This essay discusses the problems such a nascent socialist state would face, notes ways in which wealth distribution, even in very poor countries, can provide the basis of significant human developmental gains, and advances a 10-point plan for sustainable socialist transformation.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > International Development
School of Global Studies > International Relations
Depositing User: Sharon Krummel
Date Deposited: 20 Sep 2018 14:16
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2019 14:30
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/78868

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