Marxism and the State

An Analytical Approach

Authors: Wetherly, P.

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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.

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PAUL WETHERLY is a Principal Lecturer in Politics at Leeds Metropolitan University. He has written a number of articles and book chapters on Marxism, state theory and the Third Way. He was the editor of Marx's Theory of History: The Contemporary Debate (1992).

Table of contents (9 chapters)

  • Introduction: The Theory of History and the State

    Wetherly, Paul

    Pages 1-9

  • Marx, the State and Functional Explanation

    Wetherly, Paul

    Pages 10-26

  • The Instrumentalist Thesis — a Restatement

    Wetherly, Paul

    Pages 27-71

  • Structure and Agency in State Theory

    Wetherly, Paul

    Pages 72-108

  • Base and Superstructure

    Wetherly, Paul

    Pages 109-129

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Marxism and the State
Book Subtitle
An Analytical Approach
Authors
Copyright
2005
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited
eBook ISBN
978-0-230-51461-4
DOI
10.1057/9780230514614
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-333-72478-1
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-40554-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 247
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