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Crosland's Future: the first edition

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C.A.R. Crosland (1918-1977) was a British politician and a Cabinet Minister. He was also a former lecturer in economics at Oxford. His interests in Labour politics and in the mixed economy led him to write The Future of Socialism. Published in 1956, it is a contemporary classic of political economy and social economics. Abridged when it was reprinted in 1964, however, the edition of the Future which readers today will know is significantly different from the original edition that exercised so much influence in the 1950s. Attempts to provide a variorum that identifies the differences between the editions. Finds that 172 pages were subject to alteration and deletion. Suggests the ways in which the changes might have altered the message that the author intended to convey.

Keywords: Books; Economy; Politics; Social Economics; Socialism

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/03068299610110266

Publication date: March 1, 1996

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