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New Comments on the Relationship between Karl Marx's Dictatorship of the Proletariat and Democracy

Author:Liu Honggang

Press:China Social Sciences Press

Pub Date:2016-06

This book focuses on the central issue of the relationship between the dictatorship of the proletariat and democracy, and explores the following aspects using the methods of linguistic and political science, comparative research, and combination of theory and history. First, the book analyzes the conceptualizations of democracy and dictatorship under different time and space conditions and reviews the concepts of Marx's democracy and dictatorship of the proletariat. Second, the book elaborates the institutional conception of Marx's dictatorship of the proletariat based on texts and clarifies the intrinsic relationship between the dictatorship of the proletariat and democracy at the institutional level. Third, the book comprehensively compares the similarities and differences between Marx's dictatorship of the proletariat and representative democracy and further clarifies what kind of democracy Marx's dictatorship of the proletariat is. Fourth, the book examines the theory and practice of socialism in the East and the West as well as its relationship with Marx's dictatorship of the proletariat, and reflects on the logical consistency and reality of Marx's dictatorship of the proletariat by combining theory with history. Fifth, the book answers how to reassess Marx's theory of dictatorship of the proletariat and build socialist democracy under the new conditions of the times.