State, Power, Socialism by Nicos PoulantzasDeveloping themes of his earlier works, Poulantzas here advances a vigorous critique of contemporary Marxist theories of the state, arguing against a general theory of the state, and identifying forms of class power crucial to socialist strategy that goes beyond the apparatus of the state.
This new edition includes an introduction by Stuart Hall, which critically appraises Poulantzas’s achievement.
Miliband, poulantzas and laclau on the advanced capitalist state
Today, in the context of a radicalising anticapitalist movement, many old ideas are returning in new contexts. Poulantzas is once again being cited in arguments over strategies for the movement and many of the criticisms raised by Colin Barker retain their pertinence. The machinery of government cannot be too simple. It is always the craft of knaves to make it complicated and mysterious. For some years now, there has been a welcome revival in Marxist discussion on the State. Two names, above all, have been associated with that discussion: Ralph Miliband and Nicos Poulantzas.