Advanced capitalism

Its promise and failings

Authored by: M. Parker

The Routledge Companion to Alternative Organization

Print publication date:  December  2013
Online publication date:  January  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415782265
eBook ISBN: 9780203725351
Adobe ISBN: 9781135005399

10.4324/9780203725351.ch1

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Abstract

Isn’t capitalism the best and only imaginable way of organising our economy? It may have a few unfortunate but inevitable consequences and run into a few crises, but with a bit of fine-tuning, we are told, it constitutes the apotheosis of human history. After all, hasn’t the fall of the Berlin Wall clearly demonstrated that alternatives to capitalism are not viable? That we have run out of alternatives? And with the unprecedented level of wealth, innovation and individual freedom that capitalism has granted us in its short history, why should we want anything else? Why is this book about ‘alternatives’ even necessary?

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