The Socialist State

David Miller

in Market, State, and Community

Published in print December 1990 | ISBN: 9780198278641
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599903 | DOI:

Series: Clarendon Paperbacks

 The Socialist State

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In a market socialist society, the state would have five basic functions: personal protection, resource distribution, economic management, public goods provision, and self‐reproduction. Because of the failings of simple majority rule, the socialist state should be constitutional, with its powers divided up between different bodies. It should embody the rule of law and recognize and protect individual rights, which should probably be constitutionally entrenched. Capital investment should be handled by a plurality of independent banks rather than a centralized bureaucracy. Welfare provision should be publicly funded, but the form in which services are delivered should be sensitive to personal choice.

Keywords: capital investment; choice; constitution; dependency; majority rule; public goods; rights; rule of law; welfare

Chapter.  10677 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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