Michael newmans entry in the a very short introduction series on socialism begins by defining what he describes as the essence or fundamental characteristic of socialism in my view the most fundamental characteristic of socialism is its commitment to the creation of an egalitarian society 2. Michael newman is director of the london european research center faculty of humanities and teacher education at the university of north london he is the author of democracy sovereignty and the european union harold laski a political biography and socialism and european unity . Michael newman is a professor of politics at london metropolitan university his other books include ralph miliband and the politics of the new left and democracy sovereignty and the european union. What is socialism does it have a future or has it become an outdated ideology in the 21st century michael newman examines and explains the successes and failures of modern socialism by taking an international perspective ranging from communism in cuba to social democracy in sweden. In this very short introduction michael newman seeks to place the idea of socialism in a modern context for todays readers he explains socialist ideas in the framework of its historical evolution from the french revolution to the present day and examines practical attempts to implement socialism
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