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 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,…