The revival of a social democrat left in the US and UK has reraised questions about the nature of the capitalist state and socialist strategy. The writings of Nicos Poulantzas are a key reference point for these debates. Poulantzas opposed the need for a revolutionary overthrow of the capitalist state. He believed that democratic socialism could come about through a combination of struggle from below and reformation of the parliamentary system.
This session will take on Poulantzas’s influence on the left today, arguing that his strategy is a bankrupt one for the newly emerging socialist movement.
Colin Barker, The New Reformism?
Henri Weber interview with Poulantzas
Nicos Poulantzas, State, Power and Socialism