Beyond the transformation thesis

Jonathan S. Davies

in Challenging governance theory

Published by Policy Press

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9781847426154
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447301639 | DOI:
Beyond the transformation thesis

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This chapter takes the critique of network governance beyond the post-traditional terrain, restating the case for Marxist analysis. It begins by arguing for a critical-realist conception of structure and contradiction, recognizing the causal powers of both structures and agents and the contradictory nature of structures, such as capitalism. It reiterates the Marxist point that the crisis-prone nature of capitalism ultimately renders the whole social formation, the contradictory totality, unstable and open to transformation. The chapter then revisits claims that capitals, states, and classes are being transformed, arguing instead that there are powerful continuities ignored by the post-traditional theory. These include the concentration and centralisation of capital, the effective capture of states by the imperatives of economic and geopolitical competition, new processes of class formation, and the revival of class militancy.

Keywords: Marxism; ideology; social classes; network governance; governance; networking; capitalism

Chapter.  10156 words. 

Subjects: Social Theory

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