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Late Soviet Britain: why materialist utopias fail

Innes, Abby (2023) Late Soviet Britain: why materialist utopias fail. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK. ISBN 9781009373623

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Identification Number: 10.1017/9781009373647


Why has the United Kingdom, historically one of the strongest democracies in the world, become so unstable? What changed? This book demonstrates that a major part of the answer lies in the transformation of its state. It shows how Britain championed radical economic liberalisation only to weaken and ultimately break its own governing institutions. The crisis of democracy in rich countries has brought forward many urgent analyses of neoliberal capitalism. This book explores for the first time how the 'governing science' in Leninist and neoliberal revolutions fails for many of the same reasons. These systems may have been utterly opposed in their political values, but Abby Innes argues that when we grasp the kinship in their closed-system forms of economic reasoning and their strategies for government, we may better understand the causes of state failure in what remains an inescapably open-system reality.

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Additional Information: © 2023 The Author
Divisions: European Institute
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN101 Great Britain
D History General and Old World > DK Russia. Soviet Union. Former Soviet Republics
Date Deposited: 23 Nov 2023 14:45
Last Modified: 23 Nov 2023 14:45

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