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Government, State and Big Business

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Marx Memorial Library

37a Clerkenwell Green

London

EC1R 0DU

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Course led by Dr Jonathan White,

Class 1: In this first class we look at Marxist theory of the state. We will examine the difference between being in government and controlling state power; what Marxists mean when they say that the state is an instrument of class rule; the limits and possibilities of the capitalist state and the changing ways in which the state acts to defend the capitalist class’s economic and political rule.

Class 2: In this second class, we look at how the state’s role has changed with the development of capitalism over the 20th century and into the beginning of the 21st. While it has maintained its role as the upholder of private property and continued to present itself as a neutral arbiter, the state has also become a major economic agent with a key role in capitalist economies. Introducing the concept of ‘state monopoly capitalism’ we’ll look at how the state’s role in the economy has developed and address the question of how the state works in the era of neoliberalism.

Class 3: In this final class we’ll discuss the implications of what we’ve learned for socialist strategy. What should our attitude towards the state be? What are the limits and potentials or reformist governments in a socialist strategy for challenging state power? How do we square calls for expansion of state control with the call to dissolve the power of the state?

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