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By Mark Neocleous

To maintain social order the kingdom needs to administer civil society, with a threefold function - the fashioning of the marketplace, the structure of criminal subjectivity and the subsumption of fight. In Administering Civil Society Mark Neocleous bargains a rethinking of the state-civil society contrast in the course of the proposal of political management. this is often completed via an unique interpreting of Hegel's Philosophy of correct and an insightful critique of Foucault's account of strength and management. the end result is a hugely provocative concept of nation energy.

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This is illustrated in the rest of his work. For example, in his critique of 'political emancipation' in 'On the Jewish Question' Marx argues that emancipation gained by specific groups through the state is political emancipation; political emancipation is not human emancipation; total human emancipation cannot be gained State Power, Social Power 21 through the state, but requires the transcendence of the separation between private man in civil society and political life into a new 'social' totality.

47 To explain this we need to consider the tension in Gramsci's appropriations of Marx and Hegel. Aware of the need to develop Marxism in a fashion adequate to historical developments, Gramsci regards economism in particular as a stumbling block. Economism, he suggests, regards everything as economics, yet between the premise (economic structure) and the consequence (political organization), relations are by no means simple and direct; it is not only by economic facts that the history of a people can be documented.

This completely overlooks the fact that the kind of mechanisms being discussed are a product qf class struggle on the domestic front, as will be illustrated in the case of Britain in Chapters 4 and 5. In other words, for all his talk of struggle, Lenin's own analysis writes class struggle out of the development of the capitalist state. HEGEMONY AND THE EXPANDED STATE In an insightful passage in his Prison Notebooks Gramsci points to the way the rise of sociology has led to a decline in political science and the art of politics, one result of which is a severely impoverished concept of the state; he also recognizes that this impoverished concept of the state is also present in Marxism, especially the Marxism of the Second International, which has lost the concept of the political by reducing it to Parliament.

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