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Democracy Realized The Progressive Alternative

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ISBN-10: 1859840094

ISBN-13: 9781859840092

Edition: 2001

Authors: Roberto Mangabeira Unger

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List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Verso Books
Publication date: 6/17/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.946

Roberto Mangabeira Unger is one of the leading social and political thinkers in the world today. He is also active in Brazilian politics. Verso has published much of his work: False Necessity: Antinecessitarian Social Theory in the Service of Radical Democracy , What Should Legal Analysis Become? , Democracy Realized: The Progressive Alternative , Politics , and The Left Alternative .

An Argument
Democratic Experimentalism in Trouble
What is Democratic Experimentalism?
Practical progress and individual emancipation
Democratic experimentalism and ordinary people
Institutional innovation
False necessity and alternative pluralisms
Plan of the book
Vanguards and Rearguards
The idea of the hierarchical distribution of production
Vanguardist production defined
Four typical situations
Compensating or overcoming the division between vanguard and rearguard
Three Programs for the Reorganization of Firms
The managerial program of industrial renovation
The social-democratic response
The radical-democratic alternative
Neoliberalism and its Discontents
Neoliberalism defined
From the micro to the macro; from the rich countries to the world at large
The false necessity of comparative advantage
The unstable relation between neoliberal economics and neoliberal politics
The search for alternatives to neoliberalism in the rich countries
The search for alternatives to neoliberalism in the developing countries
The seats of resistance: the large marginalized countries
National rebellion and international organization
A Progressive Alternative
Two stages of an alternative
The early program: taxation, saving, and investment
Taxation redesigned
Pension reform
Saving and production
The early program: wages and welfare
Redistributive social policy and institutional innovation
The participation of wages in national income
Free capital and unfree labor: the international context of the commitment to heighten the wage take from national income
Social entitlements and social action
The early program: coordination decentralized
Two tasks: the mobilization of savings for investment and the diffusion of vanguardist practices
Antiexperimentalist illusions
Examples and warnings: national governments and family farms
Examples and warnings: strategic coordination and hard states in North East Asia
Examples and warnings: industrial reorganization in the rich countries
Economic vanguardism reoriented
The early program: from democratic education to social inheritance
The later program: redistribution and antidualism
Early and later programs redefined
The redistributive side
The antidualist side
The later program: a deepened democracy and an emancipatory school
The constitutionalism of accelerated politics
The heightening of political participation
The independent organization of civil society
The school
The triple gamble of democratic experimentalism
Program and risk
The risk of instability: strong politics, weak groups
The risk of failure in agency: the missing agent of inclusive politics
The risk of conflict between personal need and the demands of democracy: the ideal of personality
Beyond Institutions
Nationalism and institutional change
The political and the personal
A Manifesto
The Constitutional Organization of Government and the Legal Framework of Electoral Politics
First thesis: On the history of democratic institutions
Second thesis: On the constitutional arrangements of government
Third thesis: On the reorganization of electoral politics
The Organization of Civil Society and the Protection of Rights
Fourth thesis: On the conception of fundamental rights
Fifth thesis: On the protection of fundamental rights
Sixth thesis: On the legal organization of civil society
The Organization of Public Finance and of the Economy
Seventh thesis: On public finance and the tax system
Eighth thesis: On the reform of the production system and of its relation to the state
Ninth thesis: On property rights
Democracy and the Left
Tenth thesis: On what it means to be progressive today
Eleventh thesis: On the interpretation of the democratic cause
Twelfth thesis: On the social base of the progressive parties
Thirteenth thesis: On the focus of institutional innovation and ideological conflict in the world
An Appendix on Saving and Investment
Proper-Names Index
Thematic Index