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CapitalismThe Future of an Illusion$
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Fred L. Block

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780520283220

Published to California Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520283220.001.0001

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The Illusion That Democracy Threatens the Economy

The Illusion That Democracy Threatens the Economy

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(p.60) Chapter Three The Illusion That Democracy Threatens the Economy
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Capitalism
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Fred L. Block

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520283220.003.0003

This chapter challenges the conventional view that there is a deep tension between democracy and a profit-oriented economy. It argues, on the contrary, that democracy has been critical to the vitality of developed economies, because it provides the protection against the slide into oligarchy and economic stagnation.

Keywords:   capitalism, democracy, oligarchy, dynamism

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