Catherine Samary

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For the town in Poland, see Samary, Poland.

Catherine Samary[1] is a lecturer at the Dauphine University, Paris and previously a central leader of the reunified Fourth International. She is a co-founder of its largest section, the Revolutionary Communist League.

Catherine received her PhD in economics in 1986, at the University of Paris X: Nanterre.[2] She was later a research associate at the Institut du Monde Soviétique et d'Europe Centrale et Orientale (IMSECO). Her research focuses on five themes:

  1. theoretical and practical questions of socialism
  2. analysis of socialist experiences and in particular, the implications of their reforms and crises pertaining to Yugoslavia and other nations
  3. issues concerning planning, market relationship of property, democracy
  4. globalisation and the capitalist restoration - comparative aspects, theoretical questions
  5. criteria of efficiency and social justice in economy

She is a regular contributor to Le Monde Diplomatique, International Viewpoint and Tout est à Nous (The journal of the Nouveau Parti Anticapitaliste). She is the author of numerous books, which are listed below:

  • Dissertation on the Yugoslav reforms from 1947 to 1980; later published as Le marche contre l'autogestion (Paris, PubliSud/La Breche, 1988) (ISBN 2866003799).
  • "Plan, market and democracy: the experience of the so-called socialist countries" (Amsterdam, International Institute for Research and Education, Notebook No. 7/8, 1988)
  • Yugoslavia Dismembered (translated by Peter Drucker, Monthly Review Press, New York, 1995) (ISBN 0853459215)
  • She also contributed an article to Gilbert Achcar's collection on The Legacy of Ernest Mandel.

She is notable for having been one of the few authors on the radical Left in France to actively oppose the 2004 law which excludes girls wearing Muslim headscarves from schools in France.

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