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Power and Money : A Marxist Theory of Bureaucracy - Ernest Mandel

Power and Money

A Marxist Theory of Bureaucracy

Paperback Published: 17th June 1992
ISBN: 9780860915485
Number Of Pages: 262

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Analyses of bureaucratic power and privilege have an academic pedigree but have also long preoccupied socialists. The collapse of communist rule in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe puts to a new test the classical theories concerning the relationship between bureaucracy and class. Power and Money is a timely contribution to this renewal of theory, exploring the social and historical roots of bureaucracy, both within the capitalist state and in workers' mass organizations.

Ernest Mandel draws on archival and contemporary accounts in an analysis of both capitalist administration and the ideology and practice of bureaucratic dictatorship in the communist bloc. He measures the actual performance of western and eastern societies against the forecasts of Lenin and Trotsky, Ludwig von Mises and Roberto Michels, or the more recent reflections of Amitai Etzioni and Alvin Gouldner. This lucid study challenges those theories-Stalinist, Weberian or social-democratic-which claim that an autonomous officialdom is a necessary feature of modern societies. It also furnishes a perceptive account of the specific dynamics of communist and post-communist society.

Introductionp. 1
Bureaucracy and Commodity Productionp. 11
Organization and the Usurpation of Powerp. 59
Substitutionism and Realpolitik: The Politics of Labour Bureaucraciesp. 103
Administration and Profit Realization: The Growth of Bourgeois Bureaucraciesp. 153
Self-administration, Abundance and the Withering Away of Bureaucracyp. 195
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ISBN: 9780860915485
ISBN-10: 0860915484
Audience: BAG
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 262
Published: 17th June 1992
Publisher: Verso Books
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 15.88  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.43
Edition Number: 1