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The Marxist Conception of the State
A Contribution to the Differentiation of the Sociological and the Juristic Method

A key text by Max Adler, one of the leading theorists of Austromarxism, on the fundamental question of the nature of the state

This translation of Max Adler 's Die Staatsauffassung des Marxismus introduces English readers to an important and distinctive perspective on Marx 's theory of the state, formed through Adler 's experience of the tumultuous interwar period.

Adler 's central target of critique is the notion of the law as the neutral arbiter of democratic society -- a notion which, Adler contends, collapses in the face of an adequate understanding of the ruling class in capitalist society. Beyond providing an important historical survey of arguments over the nature of law and democracy that were conducted between the two World Wars, The Marxist Conception of the State offers contemporary readers a primer for comprehending any truly democratic future state might entail.

Series

Other books by Max Adler

  • Austro-Marxism: The Ideology of Unity. Volume II

    This essential volume collects the key writings of Austrian Social Democracy on the questions of War, Revolution, and political strategy.

  • Austro-Marxism: The Ideology of Unity

    The essential theoretical contributions of leading Austro-Marxist thinkers¬óBauer, Renner, Adler, Hilferding, and Neurath¬ófinally collected in one volume.