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The Marxist Critique of Liberal Democracy

Joseph V Femia

in Marxism and Democracy

Published in print June 1993 | ISBN: 9780198279211
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191713842 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198279213.003.0002
 The Marxist Critique of Liberal Democracy

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The various Marxist criticisms of liberal democracy are analysed and assessed. These can be divided into two broad categories: philosophical and sociological. The former type of criticism, whose locus classicus in the early work of Marx, concentrates on the idea of political alienation. The latter type of criticism, relying as it does on economic determinism, dismisses the state as a tool of bourgeois interests. In whatever form, Marxist criticisms of liberal democracy depend on a priori assumptions about human nature and social causation.

Keywords: alienation; democracy; economic determinism; human nature; liberal; liberal democracy; Marx; Marxist; social causation

Chapter.  20897 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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