The Future of the Capitalist State / Edition 1

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In this important new book, Bob Jessop offers a radical new interpretation of capitalist states and their likely future development. He focuses on the changing forms, functions, scales and effectiveness of economic and social policy that have emerged since the 1950s in advanced western capitalist states.

The postwar Keynesian welfare national state that developed in most advanced capitalist societies has long been regarded as being in crisis. Mounting tensions have been generated by technological change, globalization, and economic and political crises, and new social and political movements have also had a destabilizing impact. Jessop examines these factors in relation to the rise, consolidation and crisis of Atlantic Fordism and asks whether a new type of capitalist state that is currently emerging offers a solution. He notes that there are several difficulties still to be overcome before the new type of state is consolidated; in particular, he is critical of its neoliberal form and considers its main alternatives.

This book will have broad cross-disciplinary appeal. It will be read by sociologists, political scientists, institutional economists, geographers and students of social policy.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"For over a quarter of a century Bob Jessop has been creativelygrappling with the problem of how to understand the capitaliststate, its dilemmas and contradictions. The Future of theCapitalist State is a thoughtful, complex, provocative culminationof this work. It unequivocally demonstrates that the Marxisttradition remains a vibrant source of ideas about capitalism andthe state." Erik Olin Wright, University of Wisconsin

"Jessop surveys the type of capitalism and capitalist state thatdominated the postwar decades and from which we have been departingduring the last quarter century: Atlantic Fordism and the“Keynesian Welfare National State”. In a masterfulsynthesis of neo-Marxist and institutionalist argument, he thenproceeds to draw the contours of the emergent successor regime,termed the “Schumpeterian Workfare PostnationalRegime”. This complex yet conceptually highly transparentanalysis is a splendid example of looking at the present ashistory. It could also serve as a source of political critique andinspiration for a European social democracy that is still worth itsname." Claus Offe, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

"...theoretically sophisticated, rigoroushly conceptualisedanalysis of the contemporary capitalist state. Jessop's immensefeat is to have mapped the contours of a bewilderingly complexrelationship between economy, society and the State. Elegantlycombining analyses of poitical economy, social policy and economicgeography, this work is an excellent resource for studies in avariety of disciplines". James Martin, University ofLondon

"This is a very good book. For those seeking to make sense ofthe changes - political, social and economic - that have occuredsince the mid- to late 1970s, it is indispensable. Bob Jessopbrings so much together here in a synthesis of enviable proportions... The book represents a real advance in our understanding."American Journal of Sociology

"The book is a tour de force; anybody interested in what ishappening to the capitalist state must read it...this is'postdisciplinary' social science at its best, bringingthought-provoking abstract concepts to bear on current socialpredicaments." Progress in Human Geography

"It is not only the influence of his ideas or the productiveoutput of his writings, but also the creativity of his thought thathas established Jessop as a key contemporary thinker. Histheoretical explorations in the past 20 years have focused on thecapitalist state and related areas of regulation, governance,globalization and the welfare state. Many of these themes arepursued in jessop's latest book, The Future of teh CapitalistState. This book is about the development of the modern statein capitalist society, covering north America, north-western Europeand Australia." Mike Marinetto, Cardiff University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745622736
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 1/6/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 344
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Meet the Author

Bob Jessop is Professor of Sociology at Lancaster University

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Table of Contents

List of Boxes.

List of Tables and Figure.




1. Capitalism and the Capitalist Type of State.

2. The Keynesian Welfare National State.

3. The Schumpeterian Competition State.

4. Social Reproduction and the Workfare State.

5. The Political Economy of State Rescaling.

6. From Mixed Economy to Metagovernance.

7. Towards Schumpeterian Workfare Postnational Regimes?.




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