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From Marx to the MarketSocialism in Search of an Economic System$
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Wlodzimierz Brus and Kazimierz Laski

Print publication date: 1991

Print ISBN-13: 9780198283997

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198283997.001.0001

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The Question of Ownership

The Question of Ownership

(p.132) 10 The Question of Ownership
From Marx to the Market

Włodzimierz Brus

Kazimierz Laski (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter attempts to answer the fundamental question whether consistent market socialism is compatible with the dominant position of public (state) ownership of the means of production. The simple answer is straightforward: if consistent market socialism (MS) requires full independence of enterprises—it is incompatible with state ownership or any other external type of ownership. But is there a possibility of sharing ownership rights? The discussion of this question is presented in considerable detail in the chapter with the conclusion that the requirement may not be of absolute renunciation of public ownership but certainly that of renunciation of any form of ownership doctrinairism. In this sense, the economic system becomes open‐ended.

Keywords:   entrepreneurship, independence, means of production, ownership

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