The Yugoslav economy, according to Denitch, was a mess at the time of writing, and is a worse mess now. The state is also in a crisis exacerbated by populist nationalism that threatens its very existence. Denitch nonetheless argues, perhaps as a matter of faith, that with further democratization, the end of one-party rule, creation of genuine trade unions, a good balance between planning and the market and a system of confederation, Yugoslavia can survive as a healthy socialist society and serve as an example to other nations of eastern Europe. Denitch is a citizen and part-time resident of Yugoslavia, an American professor of sociology and politics, and a convinced democratic socialist. He is frank, opinionated and provocative, and he is a keen observer of the Yugoslav scene.