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Conference paper

Democracy and Socialism Between Complementarity and Contradiction

Nenad Zakošek ; Faculty of Political Science, University of Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia

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The end of real socialism has stressed the crisis of socialism as a political
ideology and normative ideal. However, modeen dcmocracy too has entered
the whirlpool of the epoch's crisis because thc crisis or socialism necessarily
implies a crisis in the dominant conception of democracy. lt is therefore important
to reexamine the relationship between democracy and socialism. The
breakdown of real socialism in Europe at the end of the 20th century does not
imply a general victory of liberal democracy. The liberal-democratic set-ups
have undoubtedly proved their vitality and their superiority in relation to the
totalilarian challenges of the preceding epoch. Through this however they too
have undergone profound changes and have assimilated many elements from
the tradition of democratic socialism.


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