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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Comparative Constitutional Law [MPECCoL]

Socialism

Fernando Muñoz

Subject(s):
Private property — Right to property — Authoritarianism — Liberalism — Libertarianism — Socialism

Published under the direction of the Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law.
General Editors: Rainer Grote, Frauke Lachenmann, Rüdiger Wolfrum.

1. Socialism is an eminently political, rather than juridical, phenomenon. In that sense, it might seem extraneous to include a discussion of socialism within an Encyclopedia of Comparative Constitutional Law. However, socialism, as a theoretical and political tradition of critical—and often conflictive—engagement with state institutions, constitutes an important force that has influenced and shaped the evolution of the modern democratic constitutional state. Furthermore, during the historical period baptized by Eric Hobsbawm as the ‘short’ twentieth century, more...
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