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El socialismo del siglo XXI, ¿una alternativa factible?


  • Alejandro Agafonow

    () (Outline on Political Economy)

  • Havard Haarstad

    () (Universidad de Bergen)


The purpose of this work is to contribute to a critical analysis of what has been called 21st century socialism. Socialist regimes of the 20th century distorted the theoretical Marxian economic model partly because of the impossibility of socialist economic calculation. Allin Cottrell and Paul Cockshott argue that in the 21st century Socialism, supported by several political parties, social movements and some Latin-American governments, the impossibility of economic calculation can be overcome by the use of computers and Internet. In this paper we offer criticism of economic and political aspects of Cottrell and Cockshott’s theoretical design. Our discussion of the economic aspects is inspired by market socialism, while our discussion of political aspects draws on debates surrounding political or egalitarian liberalism.

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  • Alejandro Agafonow & Havard Haarstad, 2009. "El socialismo del siglo XXI, ¿una alternativa factible?," Revista de Economía Institucional, Universidad Externado de Colombia - Facultad de Economía, vol. 11(20), pages 287-307, January-J.
  • Handle: RePEc:rei:ecoins:v:11:y:2009:i:20:p:287-307

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    1. Hoppe, Hans-Hermann, 1996. "Socialism: A Property or Knowledge Problem?," The Review of Austrian Economics, Springer;Society for the Development of Austrian Economics, vol. 9(1), pages 143-149.
    2. Ian Wright, 2008. "The Emergence of the Law of Value in a Dynamic Simple Commodity Economy," Review of Political Economy, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 20(3), pages 367-391.
    3. O. Lange, 1935. "Marxian Economics and Modern Economic Theory," Review of Economic Studies, Oxford University Press, vol. 2(3), pages 189-201.
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    socialism; market; planning; Marxism;

    JEL classification:

    • P21 - Economic Systems - - Socialist Systems and Transition Economies - - - Planning, Coordination, and Reform
    • P27 - Economic Systems - - Socialist Systems and Transition Economies - - - Performance and Prospects


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