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Marxist 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/10.1093/0198279213.003.0003
 Marxist Democracy?

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Examines what Marxists would put in place of liberal democracy as presently constituted. Different types of Marxists propose different kinds of solutions. Three distinct models of democracy are defended in Marxist literature: the participatory model (favoured by Marx himself), the parliamentary model (espoused by ‘liberal’ Marxists), and the vanguard model (devised by Lenin and implicitly endorsed by his Communist descendants). Each of these models contradicts one or more important axioms of Marxism.

Keywords: Communist; democracy; Lenin; liberal; liberal democracy; Marx; Marxism; parliamentary; participatory; vanguard

Chapter.  26842 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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