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The term socialist state (or socialist republic) generally refers to any state that is constitutionally dedicated to the construction of a socialist society. It is closely related to the political ideology of state socialism, a group of political positions that posit that socialism can be established through government action or policies. Alternatively, the term Workers' State is used to describe a state where the working class controls the machinery of government, but has not yet established a socialist economy. Both of these concepts are distinguished from a socialist government, which generally refers to a liberal democratic state presided over by an elected majority socialist party, which does not necessarily have to be pursuing the development of socialism, and where the state apparatus is not constitutionally bound to the construction of a socialist system.

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