Rescaling the State and the Pluralization of Marxism

Philip G. Cerny

in Rethinking World Politics

Published in print February 2010 | ISBN: 9780199733699
Published online May 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199776740 | DOI:
Rescaling the State and the Pluralization of Marxism

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This chapter looks at recent developments in neo-Marxist theory, especially those varieties of Marxism that have, intentionally or inadvertently, introduced more pluralistic or neopluralistic factors into the analysis. The main focus is on the version of neo-Marxism that looks at the “rescaling of statehood,” that is, those authors who have addressed the problem of globalization by analyzing altered playing fields of various kinds; what has been called the search for a new spatiotemporal fix for capitalism. This version, and other versions, too, bring further into question some of the basic problems of the theory of capitalism itself, especially the Marxist version of the labor theory of value. Marxism may have been out of fashion in the late 20th century and often ignored by academics, but the financial crisis and recession of 2008-2009 revived interest in alternatives to neoliberal globalization. It is argued that basic flaws in the Marxist critique continue to make such attempts problematic.

Keywords: neo-Marxist theory; pluralization of Marxism; statehood; neoliberal globalization

Chapter.  8095 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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