The Ligue communiste révolutionnaire, Nicos Poulantzas, and the Reception and Discussion of His Theory

  • Ludivine Bantigny
Part of the Marx, Engels, and Marxisms book series (MAENMA)


There is nothing self-evident about the importance that the Ligue communiste révolutionnaire (the Trotskyist LCR) attached to Poulantzas’s thought: most of its theorists took a very critical approach toward him, especially on account of his Eurocommunist convictions. Nonetheless, this piece demonstrates a critical but attentive reception of Poulantzas by LCR theorists like Daniel Bensaïd, Antoine Artous, and Michael Löwy, in which we see both serious disagreements and an evident mutual respect. Poulantzas’s novel theoretical propositions on complex and often controversial questions (the internationalization of capital, the advent of a new petty bourgeoisie, the conception of the state) were all discussed and subjected to critique, showing the vitality of a ‘warm current’ of Marxism that saw its glory years in France in the 1970s.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Contemporary HistoryUniversity of Rouen-NormandieMont-Saint-AignanFrance

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