The Socialist Register 1996

Are There Alternatives?

Edited by Leo Panitch  

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  • Preface
  • The British Labour Party’s Transition from Socialist to Capitalism (Colin Leys)
  • Developing Resistance and Resisting ‘Development’: Reflections from the South African Struggle (Patrick Bond & Mzwanele Mayekiso)
  • The Use and Abuse of Japan as a Progressive Model (Paul Burkett & Martin Hart-Landsberg)
  • A Kinder Road to Hell? Labor and the Politics of Progressive Competitiveness in Australia (John Wiseman)
  • In Defence of Capital Controls (Jim Crotty & Gerald Epstein)
  • The Challenge for Trade Unionism: Sectoral Change, ‘Poor Work’ and Organising the Unorganised (Anna Pollert)
  • The Tower of Infobabel: Cyberspace as Alternative Universe (Reg Whitaker)
  • ‘Sack the Spooks’: Do We Need an Internal Security Apparatus? (Peter Gill)
  • Sport, Gender and Politics: Moving Beyond the O.J. Saga (Varda Burstyn)
  • Socialist Hope in an Age of Catastrophe (Norman Geras)
  • Are There Left Alternatives? A Debate from Latin America (Carlos Vilas)
  • Socialists, Social Movements and the Labour Party: A Reply to Hilary Wainwright (Barry Winter)
  • Building New Parties for a Different Kind of Socialism: A Response (Hilary Wainwright)


  • Leo Panitch

    York University

    Leo Panitch is a Distinguished Research Professor, renowned political economist, Marxist theorist and editor of the Socialist Register. He received a B.A. (Hons.) from the University of Manitoba in 1967 and a M.Sc.(Hons.) and PhD from the London School of Economics and Political Science in 1968 and 1974, respectively. He was a Lecturer, Assistant Professor, Associate Professor and Professor at Carleton University between 1972 and 1984. He has been a Professor of Political Science at York University since 1984. He was the Chair of the Department of Political Science at York from 1988-1994. He was the General Co-editor of State and Economic Life series, U. of T. Press, from 1979 to 1995 and is the Co-founder and a Board Member of Studies in Political Economy. He is also the author of numerous articles and books dealing with political science including The End of Parliamentary Socialism (1997). He was a member of the Movement for an Independent and Socialist Canada, 1973-1975, the Ottawa Committee for Labour Action, 1975-1984, the Canadian Political Science Association, the Committee of Socialist Studies, the Marxist Institute and the Royal Society of Canada. He is currently a supporter of the Socialist Project.

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