[OPE] The State in Capitalist Society - conference - May 22

From: GERALD LEVY <gerald_a_levy@msn.com>
Date: Tue Apr 07 2009 - 15:30:29 EDT

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Dear colleagues,
Please forward this announcement to others who may be interested

The State in Capitalist Society - 40 Years

Friday 22 May, 2009

One Day Conference


School of Social Sciences

Leeds Metropolitan University

Sponsored by

Political Studies Association

State Theory Specialist Group
& Marxism Specialist Group

Ralph Miliband’s The State in Capitalist Society was first published in 1969 and widely acclaimed as a major contribution
to the revival of both state theory and Marxist political thought. The book
still stands as a key work in the development of social and political theory in
the second half of the twentieth century.

This one-day conference revisits the
arguments that Miliband developed in the book and evaluates their continuing
relevance in the apparently very different conditions of the twenty-first
century. After all, people still do ‘live in the shadow of the state’ and states
still operate in capitalist societies.

An international line-up of speakers
are presenting papers reconsidering Miliband’s work from a variety of angles and
perspectives, including

• ‘The State’ and ‘Capitalist Society’, then and now
• Miliband’s contribution to the Marxist tradition
• The Milibandian perspective, pluralism and the business dominance model
• Instrumentalism, structuralism and state autonomy in Miliband’s account
• Connections between business elites and state elites
• The conversion of economic power into political influence
• The process of legitimation
• Miliband’s analysis of ‘pressure from below’
• The state in global capitalist society
• What does a Milibandian perspective still have to offer the state debate?

Leeds Metropolitan University

School of Social Sciences
The Rose Bowl Building
Civic Quarter
Leeds LS1 3HE

To view the
conference programme, register, download papers and get directions go to

Conference organisers:

Paul Wetherly p.wetherly@leedsmet.ac.uk
Peter Burnham p.r.burnham@warwick.ac.uk
Mark Cowling c.m.cowling@tees.ac.uk

Dr Paul Wetherly

Reader in Politics

Leeds Metropolitan University
School of Social Sciences
Room D1005a
Civic Quarter
Leeds LS1 3HE

Telephone: 0113 8123314_______________________________________________
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