The Transformation of Capitalist Society

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With the collapse of communism in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union, there is a widespread assumption that capitalism is triumphant and immutable. It is now necessary for scholars to assess the strengths and weaknesses of capitalism, and the emerging processes that are transforming it. In The Transformation of Capitalist Society, Harris presents a compelling interpretation of the self-transformative capacities of capitalism. He argues that economic democracy and employee ownership and control are viable, socio-economic strategies of the transformation of capitalist societies. This book provides a valuable historical, economic, and sociological analysis of changes in the capitalist system.

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Zellig S. Harris (1909-1992) was the Benjamin Franklin Professor Emeritus of Linguistics at the University of Pennsylvania.

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The most important work of its kind in the 1990's, Harris' book is essential reading. In this tour de force, Harris offers a thesis that cannot be ignored. . . . For those who have awaited a readable treatment of capitalist transformation, look no further. (Andrew T. Lamas, University of Pennsylvania)

A brilliant analysis of the economic, political and social forces transforming capitalism in the direction of an increasing role of workers in decision making at the workplace. Harris's book is a major contribution to the literature on employee stock ownership, work councils, collective communities and industrial democracy. (Ad Teulings, University of Amsterdam)

A curious book... insightful observations... (John P. Burke, University of Washington Philosophy in Review)

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