RC49 - Socialism, Capitalism and Democracy


Dr James Chamberlain, Mississippi State University

Department of Political Science and Public Administration
P. O. Box PC
Mississippi State University
MS 39762
United States
Phone: 206-313-1728



Recognised as study group in 1995; granted research committee status in 1999.



Aims to provide a forum for discussion and collective work among political scientists, with various subject matter specialisations, who are interested in critical discussion of theories which regard the capitalist system as an environment fundamentally hostile to democratic politics and which advocate the replacement of production to the fulfilment of human needs.

Its interests include theoretical and conceptual discussion of possible democratic alternatives to capitalist economic systems; the analysis of existing political institutions and practices in capitalist systems, particularly with regard to their relation to the economic structure; study of political strategies to ameliorate basic social problems such as racism, sexism, poverty, environmental degradation, and war; and the political study of reform and revolutionary movements.