The Strategic-Relational Approach: An Interview with Bob Jessop

Q. Why did you become a Marxist and why do you remain a Marxist? Moreover, how can you justify your version of Marxism as Marxism?
A. This is a very interesting question. I never reflected on this issue and then made the decision from one day to the next. It was not like a religious conversion. You do not wake up one day and say “Oh my God, I’m a Marxist” and then elaborate the reasons.

Regulationist and Autopoieticist Reflections on Polanyi’s Account of Market Economies and the Market Society

This article re-interprets and develops Polanyi’s substantive institutionalist analysis of capitalist market economies and the market society in the light of two more recent approaches to the same issues.[1] These are the Parisian ‘regulation school’ on contemporary capitalism and systems-theoretical accounts of the modern economy. All three regard the capitalist economy (or, for autopoietic systems theory, the market economy) as an operationally autonomous system that is nonetheless socially embedded and needful of complex forms of social regulation.

The Rise of Governance and the Risks of Failure: the Case of Economic Development

This on-line version is the pre-copyedited, preprint version. The published version can be found here: ‘The rise of governance and the risks of failure: the case of economic development’, International Social Science Journal, issue 155, 29-46, 1998. This article explores the roles of markets, states, and partnerships in economic coordination and considers their respective tendencies…

Capitalism and its Future: Remarks on Regulation, Government, and Governance

This on-line version is the pre-copyedited, preprint version. The published version can be found here:   ‘Capitalism and its future: remarks on regulation, government, and governance’, Review of International Political Economy, 4 (3), 435-455, 1997. The conference which inspired this collection was explicitly concerned with the direction of contemporary capitalism. Its final plenary session, to…

Regulation Theories in Retrospect and Prospect

This on-line version is the pre-copyedited, preprint version. The published version can be found here: ‘Regulation Theories in Retrospect and Prospect’, Economy and Society, 19 (2), May 1990. Abstract This paper presents a detailed methodological critique of the regulation research programme and its application to capitalist economies and the state. It defines four common methodological…

Lectures on Gramsci

This module introduces the work of Antonio Gramsci and its relevance to the arts, humanities and social sciences. It deals with the life and work of Gramsci, outlines the principal influences on his intellectual and political analyses, and some key concepts deployed in his work. At the end of the course, participants will have gained…