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Marxism and the State : An Analytical Approach - Paul Wetherly

Marxism and the State

An Analytical Approach

Hardcover Published: 1st October 2005
ISBN: 9780333724781
Number Of Pages: 247

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Paul Wetherly provides a restatement and defence of the classical Marxist theory of the state, developing an analytical approach that draws on G.A. Cohen's functional interpretation of Marx's theory of history. Instrumentalist and structuralist arguments are conceived as related causal mechanisms within the functional approach, and the principle of economic determination is shown to be consistent with the relative autonomy of the state as an institution with its own interests and capacities. This old-fashioned interpretation is defended against rival approaches within contemporary Marxism, notably Jessop's strategic relational approach.

Introduction
The State in Capitalist Society
The Theory of History and the State
Marx, the State and Functional Explanation
Instrumentalist and Structuralist Approaches - a Synthesis
Economic Determination and State Autonomy
Base and Superstructure
A Theory of the 'Needs of Capital'
Constraints on the State: Mechanisms of Economic Determination
Capitalism, Welfare and the Third Way
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ISBN: 9780333724781
ISBN-10: 033372478X
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 247
Published: 1st October 2005
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.49
Edition Number: 1