In This Review

A Future for Socialism
A Future for Socialism
By John E. Roemer
Harvard University Press, 1994, 178 pp

This book, written by an economist, maps out a set of property relationships that will, according to the author, achieve the substantive egalitarian goals of socialism while avoiding central planning's efficiency-destroying tendencies. This rather quixotic work takes seriously the criticisms of neoclassical economics and tries to answer them through several concrete institutional arrangements. Whether anyone is willing to engage in the kind of social engineering needed to square this particular circle is at this point doubtful.