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.

The relevance of Luhmann’s systems theory and of Laclau and Mouffe’s discourse analysis to the elaboration of Marx’s state theory

This on-line version is the pre-copyedited, preprint, English version. The published version can be found here:  ‘Zur Relevanz von Luhmann’s Systemtheorie und von Laclau und Mouffe`s Diskursanalyse für die Weiterentwicklung der marxistischen Staatstheorie’, in J. Hirsch, J. Kannankulam and J. Wissel, eds, Der Staat der bürger-lichen Gesellschaft. zum Staatsverständnis von Karl Marx, Baden-Baden: Nomos, 157-179,…

Reflections on Globalization and Its (Il)logic(s)

This on-line version is the pre-copyedited, preprint version. The published version can be found here: ‘Reflections on the (il)logics of globalization’, in K. Olds, P. Dicken, P.F. Kelly, L. Kong, and H. W.-C. Yeung, eds, Globalization and the Asia Pacific: Contested Territories, London: Routledge, 19-38, 1999. By: Bob Jessop Keywords: globalization; chaotic concepts; relativization of…