State Theory

State Theory : Putting the Capitalist State in Its Place

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This volume develops a novel approach to state theory. It offers a review of the existing literature on the state and sets a new agenda for state research. Four central themes define the scope of the book: an account of the bases of the operational autonomy of the state; the need to develop state theory as part of a more social theory; the possibilities of explaining "capitalist societalization" without assuming that the economy is the ultimate determinant of societal dynamics; and a defence of the method of articulation in theory more

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  • Hardback | 240 pages
  • 152 x 229mm
  • Polity Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • 5 tables, bibliography, index
  • 0745602894
  • 9780745602899

Table of contents

Part 1 On Marxist theories of law, the state and their relative autonomy from the capitalist economy and class struggles: recent theories of the capitalist state; recent theories of law, the state, and juridico-political ideology; Marxism, economic determinism and relative autonomy. Part 2 Political representation, social bases, and state forms - corporatism, parliamentarism, and the national interest: corporatism, parliamentarism and social democracy; capitalist states, capitalist interests, and the rule of capital, the democratic state and the national interest. Part 3 The value form, the capitalist state, and hegemonic projects -from state forms and functions to the state as strategy: accumulation strategies, state forms, and hegomonic projects; poulantzas and foucault on power and strategy; the state as strategy. Part 4 Putting states in their place - towards a strategic-relational theory of societalization; anti-Marxist reinstatement and post-Marxist deconstruction; societalization, regulation, and self-reference; putting states in their more

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