This book demonstrates the extent to which Marxist thought on the transition from capitalism to socialism provides an essential framework for understanding the successes and failures of recent and past attempts to construct democratic socialist societies in Latin America and the Caribbean.
1. Introduction 2. The Relevance of Early Marxist Thought on the Transition to Socialism 3. The Lack of a General Theory of the Transition to Socialism 4. The Transitional State: Democracy or Dictatorship or Both? 5. The Stages of Transition 6. The Expropriation of Capital 7. The Socialization of Agriculture 8. Development of the Forces of Production 9. Moral Stimulation and Material Incentives 10. Socialist Forms of Organization 11. Ideology and Culture in the Transition 12. The Emancipation of Women 13. Lessons and Prospects for Socialism in Latin America