UK Politics and Global Capitalism

Interview with Bob Jessop, Conducted by Jerko Bakotin, for Jacobin. Recorded in Potsdam, Germany, 5 June 2015. This version may not be identical (for editing reasons) to the version on Jacobin. How do you explain the Conservative’s triumph in British elections? What were the preconditions that set the stage for such a development? We should not…

New Labour or the Normalization of Neo-Liberalism

For some, the landslide victory of the Labour Party in 1997 held the promise of a reversal of the socio-economic transformation of Britain that had been achieved through nearly eighteen years of Conservative government. But it did not take long for the Blair government to disappoint these hopes. For, in many ways, the three successive Labour Governments under Blair’s continuing authoritarian plebiscitary tutelage have deliberately, persistently, and wilfully driven forward the neo-liberal transformation of Britain rather than halting or reversing it.

Authoritarian Populism, Two Nations, and Thatcherism

This on-line version is the pre-copyedited, preprint version. The published version can be found here: Bob Jessop, Kevin Bonnett, Simon Bromley, Tom Ling, ‘Authoritarian Populism, Two Nations, and Thatcherism’, New Left Review 1984, No. 147, pp. 32-60. Faced with the devastating electoral and political successes of Thatcherism in the past five years, the British Left responded…

Nicos Poulantzas in Great Britain

This on-line version is the translated, pre-copyedited, preprint version. The published version can be found here: ‘Nicos Poulantzas en Grande-Bretagne’, in C. Buci-Glucksmann, ed., La gauche, le pouvoir, le socialisme, Paris: PUF, 1983.  *** How should we evaluate the enormous theoretical influence of Nicos Poulantzas on the left in Great Britain? For many of us,…

Nicos Poulantzas en Grande-Bretagne

This on-line version is the pre-copyedited, preprint version. The published version can be found here: Christine Buci-Glucksmann, ed., La gauche, le pouvoir, le socialisme, Paris: PUF, 1983. Comment évaluer l’énorme influence théorique de Nicos Poulantzas sur la gauche en Grande-Bretagne? Pour beaucoup d’entre nous, Nicos Poulantzas a été une inspiration constante et directe, pour beaucoup…

Conservative Regimes and the Transition to Post-Fordism: The cases of Britain and West Germany

This on-line version is the pre-copyedited, preprint version. The published version can be found here: ‘Neo-Conservative regimes and the transition to Post-Fordism’, in M. Gottdiener and N. Komninos, ed., Capitalist Development and Crisis Theory Accumulation, Regulation, and Spatial Restructuring, Basingstoke: Macmillan, 261-299, 1989. *** This paper deals with the current transition from Fordism to post-Fordism…