Marxism And The State : An Analytical Approach Essay

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Paul Wetherly is a member of Social Sciences faculty of Leeds Becket University, where he is teaching Introduction to Governance; Political Ideologies and Movements; and The State; Theories, Issues & Challenges. He is also a member of the Marxism Specialist Group. Some of his work in Marxist politics theory are a book, Marxism and the State: An Analytical Approach (Wetherly, 2005); a chapter in the book, “Can Capitalists Use the State to Serve Their General Interests?” (Wetherly, 2008); and some journal articles such as "In all essentials wrong '?: Miliband’s critique of pluralism revisited” (Studies in Marxism, 2013); “The theory of the state in Cohen 's functional interpretation of Marx 's theory of history” (Science and Society, 2006); “Marxism and economic determination: Clarification and defence of an "old-fashioned" principle” (Review of Radical Political Economics, 2001).
In order to review Miliband-Poulantzas debate, we will use his book, Marxism and the State: An Analytical Approach, and chapter he wrote “Can Capitalists Use the State to Serve Their General Interests?” in Class, power and the state in capitalist society, where Wetherly became editor, together with Barrow and Burnham.
According to Wetherly (2005), The central claim of Marxist instrumentalism is the state is an instrument of agents or social groups, which use the state power to realize their interest. Thus, the instrumentalist approaches being characterized as a form of ‘influence’ theory. By this…
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