The Democratic Road to Socialism
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Two main subjects are dealt with in this paper: the democratic road to socialism in Marx and
Engels’s works and, more generally, a feasible transition to a new social order. Starting out from the
Marxian definition of revolution as the transition from one production mode to another, the author
expatiates on different possible modes of transition. Marx and Engels often declared themselves in
favour of a transition realised through a worker management of firms, and one purpose of this article
is to suggest that the establishment of a system of producer cooperatives would be the correct way
out of capitalism.
Key words: socialism, marxism, cooperative firms.
JEL Classification: P13, P2, B14, B51, J54.