States that are nominally socialist, implying that democratic principles are adhered to in political decision-making, are not really so when the state governmental or party apparatus makes all fundamental decisions. Without referenda from the people on issues, full elections of officials, and self-management by organizations of labour and other productive classes, there exists a statist political ideology that wishes to draw all power to the centre.
State socialism, a bourgeois-reformist, opportunist concept, according to which socialism is reduced to state intervention in the economy and in social relations. It is without any true socialist content. It arises from bourgeois lies, which call any attempts to restrict free competition, socialist. It is a petit bourgeois illusions of utopian socialists, who see socialism being introduced by the government and ruling classes.