Socialist Register

The Socialist Register was founded by Ralph Miliband and John Saville in 1964 as ‘an annual survey of movements and ideas’ from the standpoint of the independent new left. It is currently edited by Leo Panitch and Greg Albo, assisted by an editorial collective of eminent scholars in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas. Each volume is focused on a topical theme and characterized by the inclusion of relatively long, sustained analyses which cut across intellectual disciplines and geographical boundaries.

The Socialist Register is published annually in October. The complete digital archive of 52 volumes published in English, as well as 3 volumes translated into Spanish, is available here. To order or subscribe now click here.

Socialist Register 2016 cover graphic. Storm graphic with word cloud from right-wing lexicon.

Socialist Register 2016: The Politics of the Right

Today the left faces new challenges from political forces amassing on the radical right. The 52nd volume of the Socialist Register presents a serious calibration and a careful political mapping of these forces. It addresses pivotal questions on the reordering of the new right. These essays - very broad in terms of themes and places - speak to the global challenges the new right poses for the left at this historical moment.

• What is the nature of the right's populism, nationalism and militarism?
• What is the social base and organizational strength and range of far-right political forces?
• To what extent are they influencing mainstream parties and opinion?
• How have they penetrated state institutions?
• What role do state security services and police forces play?
• Does our political situation today require comparison with 1930s fascism?
• How should the left respond to defend democratic and human rights?

The full table of contents and a link to download the preface can be found at the bottom of this page.

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SR Panels at Left Forum 2016, New York

The Socialist Register will have panels at Left Forum 2016, taking place May 20 to May 22 at John Jay College, City University of New York. On Saturday, 3:30pm-5:15pm, in room 1.100, the panel "Capitalism's Right Turn: From Far Right Populism to Authoritarian Neoliberal State" will launch the 2016 Register on The Politics of the Right. It features speakers Greg Albo, Nicole Aschoff, Walter Baier, Barbara Epstein, Doug Henwood, and chair Leo Panitch. On Sunday, 2:00pm-3:40pm, in room L.63, the panel "Chasing Utopia: a Roundtable on Workers Co-ops and Socialist Strategy" will feature speakers Gar Alperovitz, Sam Gindin, Sharryn Kasmir, Richard D. Wolff and chair Leo Panitch. More details here.  
Posted: 2016-05-12 More...

In Memoriam: Ellen Meiksins Wood 1942-2016


The death of Ellen Wood on January 14, 2016 represents an immense loss for socialists everywhere. As a frequent contributor to the Register since her first essay in 1980, special co-editor of the 1995 volume on Why Not Capitalism, and a member of the Register’s editorial collective from 1996 to 2009, her depth of socialist commitment, theoretical originality and profound insight may best be gauged from this excerpt from her essay on “The uses and abuses of ‘civil society’” in the Socialist Register 1990: The Retreat of the Intellectuals.

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Posted: 2016-01-17 More...

Andreas Karitzis in SR 2016

The concluding essay of SR 2016, 'The Dilemmas and Potentials of the Left: Learning from Syriza', was written by Andreas Karitzis in early July 2015, just before the volume went to press. Read his full essay here.  At the end of August, Karitzis resigned from the Syriza Central Committee.  See the note from the editors with text from a speech by Karitzis in August -- which now serves as an epilogue to the essay -- by clicking more...  
Posted: 2015-09-26 More...

Reviews of SR


Read some recent reviews of Socialist Register volumes: of SR 2016 in People's World and The Spokesman; of SR 2015 in International Socialism and Counterfire; of SR 2014 in International Socialist Review, International Socialism, The Spokesman, as well as at Counterfire (part 1 and part 2); of SR 2013 at Counterfire as well as in The Spokesman, Red Pepper, Against the Current and the Swedish journal, Arena; of SR 2012 in The Caravan, The Spokesman and Marx & Philosophy Review of Books; of both SR 2012 and SR 2011 in Teoria politica; of SR 2011 in Labour/Le Travail, Economic & Political Weekly, The Spokesman, Permanent Revolution, and IndoProgress (translated into English here); and of SR 2010 in Red Pepper and The Spokesman.

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Vol 52: Socialist Register 2016: The Politics of the Right

Table of Contents


Leo Panitch, Gregory Albo
Liz Fekete
Richard Seymour
Michael Lowy, Francis Sitel
Walter Baier
Geoff Eley
G.M. Tamas
Richard Saull
Alexander Buzgalin, Andrey Kolganov
Aijaz Ahmad
David Moore
Alfredo Saad-Filho, Armando Boito
Gavan McCormack
Avishai Ehrlich
Doug Henwood
Bill Fletcher Jr.
Stefan Kipfer, Parastou Saberi
Lesley Wood
Reg Whitaker
Andreas Karitzis