Nicos Poulantzas (1936-1979)

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Political Power and Social Classes (1973)

Marx, Althusser

Poulantzas attempted to update the Marxian conception of the state, working within a broadly Althusserian framework. He was a promising scholar but had his life cut short. He uses idea of the state as �condensate� � theory that tries to capture the balance of power in the state, as state not necessarily always support ruling class � nor are the political requirements of the ruling class necessarily transparent or unified.

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Political Power and Social Classes -Verso 1987 State, Power, Socialism - Verso 2001
Fascism and Dictatorship - Verso 1980
Classes in Contemporary Capitalism - Verso 1975


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