| THE STATE IN CAPITALIST SOCIETY|
by Ralph Miliband
"More than ever before men now live in the shadow of the state. What they want to achieve, individually or in groups, now mainly depends on the state's sanction and support. But since that sanction and support are not bestowed indiscriminately, they must, ever more directly, seek to influence and shape the the state's power and purpose, or try and appropriate it altogether. It is for the state's attention, or for its control, that men compete; and it is against the state that beat the waves of social conflict."
From the Introduction.
"For anyone studying or teaching politics in the late 1960s and 1970s, the publication [of this book]... in 1969 was a watershed. The 'pluralist' theories which had dominated the discipline, especially in North America, somehow never quite recovered from this exposure of the emperor's vacuous nakedness; and in the debates that ensued, 'the state', with everything it implies about the concentration of social power, re-emerged from behind the mystifications of the 'political system' and 'political behaviour' to become a, if not the, central theme of political studies." Radical Philosophy
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