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New Left Review I/200, July-August 1993


Nicos Mouzelis

The Balance Sheet of the Left

In nlr 194, Göran Therborn, adopting a broad historical-comparative perspective, tried to draw up an overall balance sheet of the achievements and failings of the Left. One of his major arguments was that the crisis of both the social-democratic and the Communist Left was more conjunctural than structural, and that the ‘current—perhaps terminal—crisis of socialism might very well be due to its success rather than to its failure, in as much as it could be seen to derive from the achievement of socialist thinking in having grasped and solved earlier problems’ (pp. 24–25).

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