States and State Power: A Strategic-Relational Approach

Organized by / organizacija: Centre for labour studies (Centar za radničke studije – CRS, radnickistudiji.org)
Seminar: “Capital, the State and European Integration”
net.culture club MaMa, Preradovićeva 18, Zagreb, 18.10.2014., 15.30h
Moderator: Mislav Žitko


State theorists have usually attempted to theorize the state but this is a misleading focus that risks treating the state as a simple instrument or machine, a reified apparatus that is primarily a source of constraint on political action, or a more or less rational subject that exercises power. Such positions have been criticized from many alternative theoretical positions as well as proven unhelpful in empirical analyses. One important line of criticism, developed in a range of theoretical perspectives (e.g., Marx, Gramsci, Poulantzas, Foucault, Latour), is to refocus the analysis on the modalities of the exercise of state power considered as a complex social relation. I develop the implications of this strategic-relational perspective and consider its relevance to the transformation of state power in the present phase of imperialism.

One thought on “States and State Power: A Strategic-Relational Approach

  1. Hi Bob, I am a PhD student interested in state theory, I was wondering if it was possible to get the powerpoints for this lecture

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