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Radical(ly) political economy: Luhmann, postmarxism and globalization

Daly, G. (2004) Radical(ly) political economy: Luhmann, postmarxism and globalization. Review of International Political Economy. 11(1), pp. 1-32. 1466-4526.

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Abstract: This paper is concerned with a reactivation of the dimension of the political in political economy. The question of politicization is explored in connection with recent theoretical reflection on postmarxism and the systems theory of Luhmann. A main contention is that, in contrast to naturalistic perspectives, there is no pre-given object of political economy. Rather the objectivation of the economy has to be considered in strictly hegemonic terms; terms that, I argue, are the condition of possibility for a politicization of political economy. On these grounds, the paper advances an alternative approach to political economy that may be considered radical insofar as it does not attempt to conceal the fundamental dimension of the political. This approach will be developed further in the context of contemporary themes and debates surrounding the question of globalization and the potential openings for hegemonic intervention by the left. Here again the status of the political is taken to be paramount
Additional Information: RAE2008 UoA57
Uncontrolled Keywords: Postmarxism; systems theory; autopoiesis; the political; globalization
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General) > JA71 Theory. Relations to other subjects
H Social Sciences > HF Commerce > HF1379 International commerce
Creators: Daly, Glyn
Publisher: Routledge
Faculties, Divisions and Institutes: University Faculties, Divisions and Research Centres - OLD > Faculty of Education & Humanities > English and Creative Writing
Faculties > Faculty of Education & Humanities > English and Creative Writing
Date: 1 February 2004
Date Type: Publication
Page Range: pp. 1-32
Journal or Publication Title: Review of International Political Economy
Volume: 11
Number: 1
Language: English
ISSN: 1466-4526
Status: Published / Disseminated
Refereed: Yes

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