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 54 volumes published in English, as well as 3 volumes translated into Spanish, is available here. To order or subscribe now click here.

Socialist Register 2018 cover graphic. Photo of street demonstration with many arms in air, overlaid with graphic above of large hands reaching up

Socialist Register 2018: Rethinking Democracy

The antagonism between liberalism and democratic processes is increasingly visible amidst the contradictions of capitalist globalization today. This is seen in authoritarian measures being adopted by so many states, as well as in concepts like post-democracy gaining currency in theoretical and political debate. The 2018 volume of the Socialist Register on Rethinking Democracy was conceived as a companion volume to the 2017 volume on Rethinking Revolution. No revival of socialist politics in the twenty-first century can occur apart from founding radical new democratic institutions and practices.

  • The struggle over actually-existing democracy
  • Women: linking lives with democracy
  • From Hayek to Trump: the logic of neoliberal democracy
  • In fear of populism: referendums and neoliberal democracy
  • Can the Democratic Party really be transformed?
  • The media: bad news, public broadcasting and digital democracy
  • New democratic practices? Mondragon, Barcelona, Kerala, South America
  • The relationship between Marxism, liberalism and radical democracy

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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Read some recent reviews of Socialist Register volumes: of SR 2018 in Counterfire, Chartist and MBR Bookwatch; of SR 2017 in Counterfire, Truthout, Midwest Book Review, Chartist and Socialist Review; of SR 2016 in Race & Class, Counterfire, 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 54: Socialist Register 2018: Rethinking Democracy

Table of Contents


Leo Panitch, Gregory Albo
Dennis Pilon
Sheila Rowbotham
Martijn Konings
James Foley, Pete Ramand
Adam Hilton
Natalie Fenton, Des Freedman
Tom Mills
Nina Power
Greig Charnock
Sharryn Kasmir
Leandro Vergara-Camus, Cristobal Kay
Michelle Williams
Paul Raekstad
Ian Mckay
Alex Demirović