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The State at the Heart of Capitalism: Marxist Theory and Foucault’s Lectures on Governmentality

Lasslett, Kristian (2014) The State at the Heart of Capitalism: Marxist Theory and Foucault’s Lectures on Governmentality. Critical Sociology, Online . pp. 1-19. [Journal article]

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DOI: 10.1177/0896920513518948


Marx, on several occasions, registered his plan to devote a volume of Capital to the state. At the time of his death, however, this volume remained unwritten. Subsequently, students of Marx have proven hesitant to theorize the distinct organizational schema of modern state power, and the way it mediates and enriches those tendencies identified by Marx in Capital’s first three volumes. Instead, the capitalist state is often distinguished by pointing to its disaggregation from the economic structure of society. The following paper will return to Marx’s proposed volume on the state, using a number of recently published scholarly tracts to consider its potential analytical orientation. Particular attention will be paid to Foucault’s late work on governmentality which, it will be argued, offers a useful starting point for conceptualizing modern state power, and the historically distinct ways it forms part of capitalism’s interior.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:Foucault, governmentality, international relations, Marx, political economy, state, state theory
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Criminology, Politics and Social Policy
Faculty of Social Sciences
Research Institutes and Groups:Institute for Research in Social Sciences > Social Work & Social Policy
Institute for Research in Social Sciences
ID Code:29019
Deposited By: Dr Kristian Lasslett
Deposited On:27 Mar 2014 01:17
Last Modified:17 Oct 2017 16:14

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