The Strategic-Relational Approach: An Interview with Bob Jessop

Q. Why did you become a Marxist and why do you remain a Marxist? Moreover, how can you justify your version of Marxism as Marxism?
A. This is a very interesting question. I never reflected on this issue and then made the decision from one day to the next. It was not like a religious conversion. You do not wake up one day and say “Oh my God, I’m a Marxist” and then elaborate the reasons.

Liberalism, Neoliberalism, and Urban Governance: A State-Theoretical Pespective

This paper discusses the recurrence and the recurrent limitations of liberalism as a general discourse, strategy, and regime. It then establishes a continuum of neoliberalism ranging from a project for radical system transformation from state socialism to market capitalism, through a basic regime shift within capitalism, to more limited policy adjustments intended to maintain another type of accumulation regime and its mode of regulation.

Regulationist and Autopoieticist Reflections on Polanyi’s Account of Market Economies and the Market Society

This article re-interprets and develops Polanyi’s substantive institutionalist analysis of capitalist market economies and the market society in the light of two more recent approaches to the same issues.[1] These are the Parisian ‘regulation school’ on contemporary capitalism and systems-theoretical accounts of the modern economy. All three regard the capitalist economy (or, for autopoietic systems theory, the market economy) as an operationally autonomous system that is nonetheless socially embedded and needful of complex forms of social regulation.

Bringing the State Back in (Yet Again): Reviews, Revisions, Rejections, and Redirections

This article addresses West European and North American developments in theorizing the state. It briefly reviews the first major postwar revival of theoretical interest in the state that began in Western Europe during the mid-1960s. This was mainly led by Marxists interested in the general form and functions of the capitalist state; but a key supporting role was played by Marxist-feminists who extended such ideas to the patriarchal capitalist state…

The Rise of Governance and the Risks of Failure: the Case of Economic Development

This on-line version is the pre-copyedited, preprint version. The published version can be found here: ‘The rise of governance and the risks of failure: the case of economic development’, International Social Science Journal, issue 155, 29-46, 1998. This article explores the roles of markets, states, and partnerships in economic coordination and considers their respective tendencies…

The Crisis of the National Spatio-Temporal Fix and the Ecological Dominance of Globalizing Capitalism

This on-line version is the pre-copyedited, preprint version. The published version can be found here: ‘The crisis of the national spatio-temporal fix and the ecological dominance of globalizing capitalism’, International Journal of Urban and Regional Studies, 24 (2), 323-360, 2000.   This article addresses globalization from a doubly heterodox regulationist viewpoint. The regulation approach is already…

Capitalism and its Future: Remarks on Regulation, Government, and Governance

This on-line version is the pre-copyedited, preprint version. The published version can be found here:   ‘Capitalism and its future: remarks on regulation, government, and governance’, Review of International Political Economy, 4 (3), 435-455, 1997. The conference which inspired this collection was explicitly concerned with the direction of contemporary capitalism. Its final plenary session, to…

The details of the Fourth Cultural Political Economy Workshop

  Cultural Political Economy Research Centre (CPERC) Lancaster University The Fourth Annual Cultural Political Economy Workshop Sponsored by Sociology Department Theme: Cultural Political Economy of Finance, Debt and Crisis Date: 22 May 2014 (Thursday) Place: Charles Carter A18, Lancaster University Time: 9:30-5:00   The details of the Fourth Cultural Political Economy Workshop is now available…