States and State Power: A Strategic-Relational Approach

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.

From Micro-Powers to Governmentality: Foucault’s Work on Statehood, State Formation, Statecraft and State Power

This article revisits Foucault’s analytics of power in the light of his lectures on governmentality and biopolitics in Society must be Defended (1975-6), Securité, territoire, population (1977-8) and Naissance de la biopolitique (1978-9). Foucault is renowned for his criticisms of state theory and advocacy of a bottom-up approach to social power; and for his hostility to many theoretical and practical manifestations of orthodox Marxism.

Bringing the State Back in (Yet Again): Reviews, Revisions, Rejections, and Redirections

This article addresses West European and North American developments in theorizing the state. It briefly reviews the first major postwar revival of theoretical interest in the state that began in Western Europe during the mid-1960s. This was mainly led by Marxists interested in the general form and functions of the capitalist state; but a key supporting role was played by Marxist-feminists who extended such ideas to the patriarchal capitalist state…

Towards a Cultural International Political Economy: Post-Structuralism and the Italian School

This on-line version is the pre-copyedited, preprint version. The published version can be found here: ‘Towards a cultural international political economy: post-structuralism and the Italian School’, (co-authored with N-L. Sum) in M. de Goede, ed., International Political Economy and Post-Structural Politics, Basingstoke: Palgrave, 157-76, 2006. *** By: Bob Jessop and Ngai-Ling Sum This chapter seeks…

State Theory: Putting the Capitalist State in Its Place

Info Get it here Paperback: 432 pages Publisher: Polity Press (1990) Language: English ISBN-10: 0745602908 ISBN-13: 978-0745602905 Apple iBooks Foyles Google Play Kobo Amazon Table of Contents Preface and Acknowledgements. General Introduction. Part I. On Marxist Theories of Law, the State, and their Relative Autonomy from the Capitalist Economy and Class Struggles. Part II. Political…

Nicos Poulantzas: Marxist Theory and Political Strategy

Download the full text PDF version: Nicos Poulantzas Marxist Theory and Political Strategy Preface The idea for this book first took shape in early 1979 and it has been some five years in coming to fruition. I have long been interested in theories of the capitalist state in general and the work of Poulantzas in…