- Political system in which the (major) means of production are not in private or institutional hands, but under social control. Typically this is seen as one aspect of a more general concern for people's equal rights to various benefits (health, education), and of a concern to limit the inequalities of wealth and power produced by the unrestricted operations of market forces. Socialism avoids the totalitarian implications of communism, and works within liberal democratic constitutions.
Philosophy dictionary. Academic. 2011.
Look at other dictionaries:
Socialism — socialism … Dictionary of sociology
Socialism — • A system of social and economic organization that would substitute state monopoly for private ownership of the sources of production and means of distribution Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Socialism Socialism … Catholic encyclopedia
socialism — SOCIALÍSM s.n. 1. Ansamblul doctrinelor social politice care urmăresc reformarea (reforma) societăţilor umane prin desfiinţarea proprietăţii private asupra mijloacelor de producţie şi de schimb şi punerea acestora sub controlul statului. ♦… … Dicționar Român
Socialism — So cial*ism, n. [Cf. F. socialisme.] A theory or system of social reform which contemplates a complete reconstruction of society, with a more just and equitable distribution of property and labor. In popular usage, the term is often employed to… … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
socialism — so‧cial‧is‧m [ˈsəʊʆl ɪzm ǁ ˈsoʊ ] noun [uncountable] ECONOMICS a system of political beliefs and principles whose main aims are that everyone should have an equal opportunity to share wealth and that industries should be owned by the government … Financial and business terms
socialism — An economic and social theory that seeks to maximize wealth and opportunity for all people through public ownership and control of industries and social services. Dictionary from West s Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005. socialism … Law dictionary
socialism — 1832, from Fr. socialisme or from SOCIAL (Cf. social) + ISM (Cf. ism). Cf. SOCIALIST (Cf. socialist). Apparently first in reference to Robert Owen s communes. Pierre Leroux (1797 1871), idealistic social reformer and Saint Simonian publicist,… … Etymology dictionary
socialism — [n] socialist government Bolshevism, collective ownership, collectivism, communism, Fabianism, Leninism, Maoism, Marxism, state ownerhsip; concept 301 … New thesaurus
socialism — ► NOUN ▪ a political and economic theory of social organization which advocates that the means of production, distribution, and exchange should be owned or regulated by the community as a whole. DERIVATIVES socialist noun & adjective socialistic… … English terms dictionary
socialism — [sō′shəl iz΄əm] n. 1. any of various theories or systems of the ownership and operation of the means of production and distribution by society or the community rather than by private individuals, with all members of society or the community… … English World dictionary
Socialism — This article is about socialism as an economic system and political philosophy. For socialism as a specific stage of socioeconomic development in Marxist theory, see Socialism (Marxism) … Wikipedia