Giacomo Corneo

The utopia of socialism as seen through the lens of economic theory

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Is there a viable economic system for socialism? Economic theory is a powerful tool to assess whether some blueprint is a rational model of a socialist economic system. This essay summarizes the main insights delivered by economic theory into the coherence of three major blueprints: central planning, self-management, and shareholder socialism. While the first two suffer from a number of severe internal contradictions, shareholder socialism exhibits a high degree of internal consistency. It is thus a promising candidate for an incarnation of socialism that could beat capitalism in terms of equity, liberty, and efficiency.


  • Socialism
  • Economic Systems
  • Economic Theory


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