capitalist state

capitalist state

(MARXISM) the form of STATE in capitalist society which, according to some versions of Marxism, operates predominantly in the interests of CAPITALISM, contributing directly to its reproduction. For Miliband (1966), for example, any apparent PLURALISM in the state institutions and political representation within capitalist societies can be discounted, since the fundamental fact remains that state institutions reproduce capitalism (see also RULING CLASS). Against this, however, it is evident that the form of the state in capitalist societies varies widely, differing according to the specific institutional forms of the connections between the economy, CIVIL SOCIETY, and the state, and that these different kinds of state -liberal-democratic, totalitarian-fascist, etc. – have major social and economic significance. See also LIBERAL DEMOCRACY, TOTALITARIANISM.
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Pakistan allied with the US against communism and this contributed to creating an elite capitalist state in which large landowners and industrialists dominated the political and economic scenario along with the military and bureaucracy.
Without a merchant class, protected property rights, and the habit of law protecting the people from the government--not protecting government assets from the people--the idea of Russia creating a 21st century Western-style capitalist state in a matter of decades is as odd as imagining creating one in Iraq.
Hidebound apparatchiks may object to further reforms, a wealthier public may question the legitimacy of Communist rule in an increasingly capitalist state, and market bubbles could prove destabilising.
Central banks are creatures of the capitalist market economy, says Rasmus, more specifically creatures of the high period of Industrial Capitalism and the establishment of the capitalist state, a period that ended during the 1970s.
Thus, the analysis of the forms of the capitalist state can only be made when the causal necessity of the emergence and existence of the state, and its organisational apparatus, derives from the nexus of individual relationships (liberal state theory, pluralism) or the nexus of class relationships (Marxian state theory).
Perry pries open the work's aesthetic melancholy, insisting we engage with what modernism has refused or domesticated--namely, the portrayal of an atrocity sanctioned by the capitalist state.
Cuban President Raul Castro announced Wednesday his nation would never become a capitalist state, but that the economy should be open to foreign capital, (http://www.
Despite various shortcomings, he actually sought to disrupt the logic of capitalism by (re)nationalizing the oil, steel, telecommunications and electricity sectors, by more than doubling state spending on healthcare and education, and by pushing for participatory democracy to overcome the limits a capitalist state imposes on attempts at radical change.
Regardless of whether or not he wins the nomination, Sanders has shown that --as Aivalis notes--certain left ideas and approaches can win voters' support, resonate with the frustrations of working class people of all labourmarket segments and people oppressed by the operation of the capitalist state.
Indeed, Australia's indigenous minority self-determination, comprised of land rights and a range of corporations resourced by government, should be seen in this light--as a social democratic response to Aboriginal aspirations, albeit within a capitalist state, and a racist one.
As the state grows beyond the capitalist state, as it starts pursuing the good of its subjects, it can favor some only at the expense of others.
Yet it is viewed by many people here as a crony capitalist state run by corrupt elites who have monopolised power and the national economy, fostering government incompetence and popular distrust of the state.