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State capitalism

Definition of State Capitalism

(noun) An economic system in which the State controls or owns for profit enterprises such as utilities (e.g., water and electricity) and transportation (e.g., buses and trains) or actively supports capitalist interests through market controls.

State Capitalism Pronunciation

Pronunciation Usage Guide

Syllabification: state cap·i·tal·ism

Audio Pronunciation

– American English
– British English

International Phonetic Alphabet

  • American English – /steɪt ˈkæpɪtəˌlɪzəm/
  • British English – /steɪt ˈkæpɪtəlɪzm/

Usage Notes

  • Plural: state capitalisms
  • The term “State” does not have to be capitalized, but typically is in legal documents and is capitalized here for differentiation.
  • Also called:
    • democratic socialism
    • etatisme

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Cite the Definition of State Capitalism

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “State capitalism.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved December 10, 2019 (https://sociologydictionary.org/state-capitalism/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

State capitalism. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/state-capitalism/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “State capitalism.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed December 10, 2019. https://sociologydictionary.org/state-capitalism/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“State capitalism.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 10 Dec. 2019. <https://sociologydictionary.org/state-capitalism/>.