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Marxism and Politics

 
Ralph Miliband (Author)
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Ralph Miliband in this classic text raises pertinent questions like: How and why does capitalism limit democracy and the meaning of citizenship? What is class and class conflict? What is the relationship between the capitalist system and the state apparatus? What is the interconnection between classes and their agencies or parties? What are the instruments through which the dominant class exercises hegemony? Why did post-revolutionary regimes, like the Soviet Union, fail to establish a system of socialist democracy? Miliband put forward a non-traditional approach to the subject a combination of a theoretical analysis with a passionate commitment to alternative left politics.  He analyses limits of bourgeois democracy, which is "crippled by its class limitations, and under constant threat of further and drastic impairment, never more so than in an epoch of permanent and severe crisis.  But the civic freedoms are the product of centuries of unremitting popular struggles. The task of Marxist politics is to defend these freedoms and to make possible their extension and enlargement by the removal of their class boundaries.

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About the author

Ralph Miliband

Ralph Miliband (1924-1994), life-long academic by profession and a socialist by conviction, is best known for his writing on Labour politics and for his political analysis of the West European and North American System of power. He is the author of The State in Capitalist Society (1969) and Socialism for a Sceptical Age (1995).

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Bibliographic information

Title Marxism and Politics
Format Hardcover
Date published: 09.01.2006
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Aakar Books
Language: English
isbn 8189833006
length x+209p.