Political Economy and the Development of State Theory

  • Jeremy Leaman


Political economy as a branch of knowledge has experienced a marked revival over the recent years as a result of a number of developments, including the partial erosion of boundaries between traditional humanities subjects like politics, economics, sociology, history, geography and psychology. However, as a result of the process of self-adjustment within academics the concept has been stretched considerably to accommodate a wide variety of often quite different areas of study. Because of this wild abundance of ‘political economies’ — which include, e.g. the study of economic statecraft or of political behaviour using economic categories — it is important to define the point of departure of this variant. Here political economy is understood as the study of the production and distribution of social wealth, and this book is concerned with the historical reality of the politico-economic development in West Germany rather than with the development of German political economy as a (national) branch of knowledge. Within this framework particular attention is paid to the development of state policy. The following conspectus of theories of political economy thus pays particular regard to the role of the state. Even so such a conspectus can only be introductory and abbreviated in nature.


Political Economy Capitalist Society Liberal Tradition Social Wealth Petty Bourgeoisie 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.


  1. 1.
    John Maynard Keynes, General Theory of Employment Interest and Money, London 1936,Google Scholar
  2. 1.
    Robert Friedländer-Prechtl, Wirtschafts-Wende: Die Ursache der Arbeitslosen-Krise und deren Bekämpfung (Leipzig, 1931);Google Scholar
  3. 1.
    Ernst Wagemann, Geld-und Kreditreform (Berlin, 1932).Google Scholar
  4. 2.
    Adolph Lowe, Politische Ökonomik (Frankfurt/M, 1965).Google Scholar
  5. 3.
    Fritz Scharpf, Planung als politischer Prozeß (Frankfurt/M, 1973).CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  6. 4.
    Harold Laski, Studies in the Problem of sovereignty and Other Essays (New Haven, Conn., 1917);Google Scholar
  7. 4.
    Leon Duguit, L’état, le droit objectif et la loi positive (Paris, 1901).Google Scholar
  8. 5.
    Milton Friedmann, Essays in Positive Economics (Chicago, 1953).Google Scholar
  9. 6.
    Christoph Butterwegge, Probleme der marxistischen Staatstheorie (Cologne, 1977). Butterwegge presents a detailed critique of New Left state theories before outlining Stamokap theory.Google Scholar
  10. 6.
    See also Kurt Zieschang (one of the major Stamokap theorists in East Germany), ‘Ursachen und Wesen des staatsmonopolistischen Kapitalismus’ in SOPO, vol. 24, 1973.Google Scholar
  11. 7.
    For a detailed critique of Stamokap theories, see Margaret Wirth, Kapitalismustheorie in der DDR (Frankfurt/M, 1973);Google Scholar
  12. 7.
    Rolf Ebbighausen (ed.), Monopol und Staat: Zur Marx-Rezeption in der Theorie des staatsmonopolistischen Kapitalismus (Frankfurt/M, 1974).Google Scholar
  13. 8.
    Bernhard Blanke, Ulrich Jürgens, Hans Kastandiek, Kritik der Politischen Wissenschaft, 2 vols (Frankfurt/M, 1975);Google Scholar
  14. 8.
    by the same authors, ‘Zur neueren marxistischen Diskussion über die Analyse von Form und Funktion des bürgerlichen Staates’, in Politische Vierteljahresschrift Sonderheft 6, 1975, 19–60.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  15. 9.
    See Joachim Perels, Kapitalismus und politische Demokratie. Privatrechtssystem und Gesellschaftsstruktur in der Weimarer Republik (Frankfurt/M, 1973).Google Scholar
  16. 10.
    Perels, ibid.; Bernhard Blanke, ‘Formen und Formwandel des politischen Systems in der bürgerlichen Gesellschaft’ in Handbuch 5 Staat, ed. Volkhard Brandes et al. (Cologne Frankfurt/M, 1977) 121ff;Google Scholar
  17. 10.
    Nicol Poulantzas, Political Power and Social Classes (London, 1973).Google Scholar
  18. 11.
    Elmar Altvater, ‘Zu einigen Problemen des Staatsinterventionismus’ in Probleme des Klassenkampfs, no. 3, 1972; Joachim Hirsch, ‘Kapitalreproduktion, Klassenauseinandersetzungen und Widersprüche im Staatsapparat’ in Handbuch 5 Staat, op. cit., 161ff;Google Scholar
  19. 11.
    Heidrun Abromeit, ‘Zum Verhältnis von Staat und Wirtschaft im gegenwärtigen Kapitalismus’ in Politische Vierteljahresschrift, no. 1 /,1976, 2ff; Dieter Läpple, ‘Kapitalistische Vergesellschaftungstendenzen und Staatsinterventionismus’ in Handbuch 5 Staat, op. cit., pp. 215ff.Google Scholar
  20. 12.
    Dieter Läpple, Staat und allgemeine Produktionsbedingungen (Berlin, 1973);Google Scholar
  21. 12.
    Joachim Hirsch, Staatsapparat und Reproduktion des Kapitals (Frankfurt/M, 1974).Google Scholar
  22. 14.
    Wolfgang Müller, Christel Neusüß, ‘Die Sozialstaatsillusion und der Widerspruch von Lohnarbeit und Kapital’ in Probleme des Klassenkampfs, Sonderheft 1, 7ff;Google Scholar
  23. 14.
    Hans-Hermann Hartwich, Sozialstaatspostulat und gesellschaftlicher Status Quo (Cologne/Opladen 1970).CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  24. 14.
    See also Ian Gough, The Political Economy of the Welfare State (London, 1979).CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  25. 15.
    Heidrun Abromeit, op. cit.; Ralph Miliband’s work The State in Capitalist Society (London, 1973), produces valuable insights into the legitimising function of the ideological apparatuses of the state (161ff); in general, however, Miliband concentrates on political and economic élites and thus does not manage to present a comprehensive view of the position and function of the state in capitalist society.Google Scholar
  26. 18.
    Claudia von Braunmühl, ‘Weltmarktbewegung des Kapitals. Imperialismus und Staat’ in Probleme einer materialistischen Staatstheorie, Frankfurt/M, 1973, p. 89; viz also Werner O11e, Wolfgang Schoeller, ‘Weltmarkt, nationale Kapitalreproduktion und Rolle des Nationalstaats’, in Handbuch 5 Staat, op. cit., pp. 372ff.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Jeremy Leaman 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • Jeremy Leaman
    • 1
  1. 1.Loughborough UniversityUK

Personalised recommendations