Originally published in 1986, Bowles and Gintis present a critique of contemporary Marxian and liberal political theory. They show that 'capitalism' and 'democracy' - although widely held jointly to characterize Western society - are sharply contrasting systems regulating both the process of human developement and the historical evolution of whole societies. They examine in detail the relationship between political theory and economics, and explore the multifaceted character of power in modern societies.
1. Present: politics, economics, and democracy 2. Past: citizens, property, and the clash of rights 3. Economy: the political foundations of production and exchange 4. Structure: the mosaic of domination 5. Action: learning and choosing 6. Community: language, solidarity, and power 7. Future: postliberal democracy