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Democratic Communists: the South African Communist Party and the Communist Party of India (Marxist)

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With the collapse of the Soviet Union and the ostensible victory of world capitalism, viable alternatives to the IMF’s and World Bank’s development agenda seem increasingly difficult to envision. The hegemony of a neo-liberal model of development that seeks economic growth over redistribution has proven a formidable challenge to envisioning alternatives that emphasize economic and social justice, environmental sustainability, and the empowerment of ordinary people. At least two communist parties, however, can lay claim to more hopeful and creative attempts to effect transformative projects from below: the South African Communist Party (SACP) and the Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPI(M)) in Kerala. But why and how are the SACP and CPI(M) drawn to navigate paths between social democracy and Soviet-style state socialism that places participatory democracy at the center of their socialist visions?
In this paper I explore the recent histories of the SACP and CPI(M) in an effort to explain the unique trajectories of these two Parties. Throughout the 1990s, both the SACP and CPI(M) have commanded popular bases and worked to achieve radical transformation through and within the institutions of parliamentary democracy. Both have understood democratic socialism to entail both a sensitivity to local conditions and a pluralistic, participatory democratic conception of the political. Despite these similar commitments, the SACP and CPI(M) have tended to emphasize different strategies and practices in their efforts to transform society from below. In particular, the SACP has tended to emphasize mass-mobilizing strategies and practices, while the CPI(M) has given much emphasis to grassroots-organizing strategies and practices.

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Williams, Michelle. "Democratic Communists: the South African Communist Party and the Communist Party of India (Marxist)" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association, Atlanta Hilton Hotel, Atlanta, GA, Aug 16, 2003 <Not Available>. 2009-05-26 <http://www.allacademic.com/meta/p107792_index.html>

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Williams, M. A. , 2003-08-16 "Democratic Communists: the South African Communist Party and the Communist Party of India (Marxist)" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association, Atlanta Hilton Hotel, Atlanta, GA Online <.PDF>. 2009-05-26 from http://www.allacademic.com/meta/p107792_index.html

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Abstract: With the collapse of the Soviet Union and the ostensible victory of world capitalism, viable alternatives to the IMF’s and World Bank’s development agenda seem increasingly difficult to envision. The hegemony of a neo-liberal model of development that seeks economic growth over redistribution has proven a formidable challenge to envisioning alternatives that emphasize economic and social justice, environmental sustainability, and the empowerment of ordinary people. At least two communist parties, however, can lay claim to more hopeful and creative attempts to effect transformative projects from below: the South African Communist Party (SACP) and the Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPI(M)) in Kerala. But why and how are the SACP and CPI(M) drawn to navigate paths between social democracy and Soviet-style state socialism that places participatory democracy at the center of their socialist visions?
In this paper I explore the recent histories of the SACP and CPI(M) in an effort to explain the unique trajectories of these two Parties. Throughout the 1990s, both the SACP and CPI(M) have commanded popular bases and worked to achieve radical transformation through and within the institutions of parliamentary democracy. Both have understood democratic socialism to entail both a sensitivity to local conditions and a pluralistic, participatory democratic conception of the political. Despite these similar commitments, the SACP and CPI(M) have tended to emphasize different strategies and practices in their efforts to transform society from below. In particular, the SACP has tended to emphasize mass-mobilizing strategies and practices, while the CPI(M) has given much emphasis to grassroots-organizing strategies and practices.

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Michelle Williams University of California Berkeley January 2003 ASA paper Democratic Communists: the South African Communist Party and the Communist Party of India (Marxist)1 With the collapse of the Soviet Union and the ascendance of capitalist globalization democratic and socialist forces around the world have found it difficult to envision genuine alternatives that seek economic and social justice environmental sustainability and the empowerment of ordinary people. During the 1990s many left political parties were forced to engage in a
emphasis is the political field in which each Party operates. The highly competitive electoral field together with the need to form coalitions has created a situation in which the CPI(M) has emphasized grassroots organizing as a primary means through which it remains in touch with its base. The less competitive electoral field in which the ANC is the hegemonic party has allowed the SACP to neglect developing its grassroots orientation towards a base of support. Its close relation with


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