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Pluralism, socialism, and political legitimacy [electronic resource] : reflections on opening up communism /
F.M. Barnard.
imprint
Cambridge [England] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1991.
description
xii, 189 p. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0521402522 (hardback)
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Cambridge [England] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1991.
isbn
0521402522 (hardback)
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Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
catalogue key
8370356
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1992-12:
Barnard has written a thoughtful analysis of the problems associated with developing pluralism within a previously communist context. Drawing from ideas concerning socialism and pluralism during the Prague Spring in the late 1960s in Czechoslovakia, Barnard confronts the problematic nature of developing pluralism in Eastern Europe after the fall of communism. Barnard tries to demystify the argument that pluralism and socialism are exclusive concepts. In short, the author addresses the issue of synthesizing pluralist institutions within a socialist system and its values. Can pluralism exist outside the liberal/capitalist context? Will pluralism evolve in Eastern Europe without dividing the societies amongst peoples, parties, and groups in mortal conflict? The book is well done and contains a useful index. The appendix contains a translation of an article by Vladimir Klokocka, "Electoral Confrontation Under Socialism," which is interesting but superfluous. Although too brief, the book is recommended for advanced undergraduates and graduate students. A. R. Brunello; Eckerd College
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"Barnard has written a thoughtful analysis of the problems associated with developing plurarlism within a previously communist context...The book is well done and contains a useful index." Choice
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The processes of transition from communist rule in Eastern Europe and the dilemmas of reform in the Soviet Union invite reflection on the role of pluralism in rendering a political system legitimate and democratic. In this book, Frederick M. Barnard examines differing conceptions of political pluralism, focusing on the question of how political differentiation can evolve and flourish without leading to crippling political fragmentation. The book uses certain proposals put forward by Czechoslovak reformers during the Prague Spring as a point of departure in examining broader questions about socialism and pluralism. These reformers outlined a unique form of pluralist socialism, and their arguments in favor of this political order take up a number of issues fundamental not only to the current reform process but to political theory generally. The ways in which these Czechoslovak proposals differed from others of the time put forward in Poland and Yugoslavia as well as from Western democratic theory are also discussed. Throughout the book, the author explores the ways in which the specific arguments of the Prague reformers illuminate the political-philosophical issues raised by socialist reform as well as the ways in which these issues themselves throw new light on Western political theory.
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The processes of transition from communist rule in Eastern Europe and the dilemmas of reform in the Soviet Union invite reflection on the role of pluralism in rendering a political system legitimate and democratic. Frederick M. Barnard examines differing conceptions of political pluralism, focusing on the question of how political differentiation can evolve and flourish without leading to crippling political fragmentation. The book uses certain proposals put forward by Czechoslovak reformers during the Prague Spring as a point of departure in examining broader questions about socialism and pluralism. These reformers outlined a unique form of pluralist socialism, and their arguments in favour of this political order take up a number of issues fundamental not only to the current reform process but to political theory generally. The ways in which these proposals differed from others of the time put forward in Poland and Yugoslavia as well as from Western democratic theory are also discussed.
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The processes of transition from communist rule in Eastern Europe and the dilemmas of reform in the Soviet Union invite reflection on the role of pluralism in rendering a political system legitimate and democratic. Frederick M. Barnard examines differing conceptions of political pluralism, focusing on the question of how political differentiation can evolve and flourish without leading to crippling political fragmentation.
Table of Contents
Introduction
The Context
Socialist Pluralism and Pluralist Socialism
Ideological Differentiation under Socialism
Socialism and the Language of Sentiment
Socialism and the Language of Rationality
Socialism, Politics and Citizenship
Conclusion.
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