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The Economic System As An End Or As A Means And The Future Of Socialism And Capitalism: An Evolutionary Viewpoint

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  • Alberto Chilosi

    (University of Pisa)

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After the demise of “real” socialism and the decline of “western” socialism, socialism can be salvaged as a social preference system oriented towards equality and social justice, to be implemented without systemic constraints in the organizational and institutional sense. At the same time there is a case for maintaining an institutional framework allowing different forms of economic organization, capitalist and non- capitalist, to compete on equal footing, in an evolutionary perspective, thus allowing the second to develop if proven efficient. Another way for a spontaneous extension of the domain of socialism could derive from the socialization of consumption, if the consumption of public goods continues to make up a growing component of real consumption.

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  • Alberto Chilosi, 2003. "The Economic System As An End Or As A Means And The Future Of Socialism And Capitalism: An Evolutionary Viewpoint," Development and Comp Systems 0305003, EconWPA, revised 14 Sep 2003.
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    1. Pasquale Tridico, 2006. "Institutional change and human development in transition economies," Departmental Working Papers of Economics - University 'Roma Tre' 0059, Department of Economics - University Roma Tre.

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    Keywords

    socialism; capitalism; third sector; socialization of consumption;

    JEL classification:

    • P1 - Economic Systems - - Capitalist Systems
    • P2 - Economic Systems - - Socialist Systems and Transition Economies
    • P3 - Economic Systems - - Socialist Institutions and Their Transitions

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