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State Theory: Putting the Capitalist State in Its Place

By: Bob Jessop


Description

This volume develops a novel approach to state theory. It offers a comprehensive 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 general 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 construction.

In developing these issues, Bob Jessop both builds on and goes well beyond the view presented in his earlier books, The Capitalist State (1982) and Nicos Poulantzas (1985). The result is a highly original statement which will become a center-point of discussion. The volume confirms the author's standing as one of the most important post-War Marxist state theorists.

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Paperback
Status
Available
Edition
First Edition
ISBN
9780745602905
ISBN10
0745602908
Publication Dates ROW:
Nov 1990
Publication Dates US:
Jan 1991
Publication Dates Aus & NZ:
Nov 1990



Format
227 x 154 mm
8.93 x 6.03 in
Pages
432 pages
E-book
Status
Available
Edition
First Edition
ISBN
9780745667355
ISBN10
074566735X
Publication Dates ROW:
Apr 2013
Publication Dates US:
Apr 2013
Publication Dates Aus & NZ:
Apr 2013


Format
229 x 152 mm
9.02 x 5.98 in
Pages
432 pages

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Reviews

'This book is a major contribution to the theory of the state. It is extraordinarily well written and despite its theoretical complexity, Jessop is careful to avoid the 'flight' into jargon and the opacity so often associated with Marxist thought.'
International Journal of Urban and Regional Research

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Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgements.

General Introduction.

Part I. On Marxist Theories of Law, the State, and their Relative Autonomy from the Capitalist Economy and Class Struggles.

Part II. Political Representation, Social Bases, and State Forms: Corporatism, Parliamentarism, and the National Interest.

Part III. The Value Form, The Capitalist State, and Hegemonic Projects: From State Forms and Functions to the State as Strategy.

Part IV. Putting States in their Place: Towards a Strategic-Relational Theory of Societalization. Selected Writings of Bob Jessop.

General Bibliography.

Index.

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Author Information

Bob Jessop is the author of several previous works including Thatcherism (Polity, 1988).

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