First published in 1980. This book analyses Gramsci’s political theory and the consequences of his ideas for the theory of the state and of the political party. Using the new tools of analysis which have been developed in Italy the book presents Gramsci’s political theory as part of the attempt to develop further a Marxist theory of politics.
The book also serves as a basis for considering the theoretical foundations of political developments such as Eurocommunism and the author argues that Gramsci’s political thought provides useful instruments for both a critique of Stalinism and of social democracy and offers a grounding for conceptualising democratic forms of socialism which did not simply reinforce the State. This title will be of interest to students of politics, philosophy, and history.
Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1. The Years in Turin 2. The Struggle for a New Type of Party 3. Gramsci’s Concept of the Party and Politics in the Prison Notebooks; Bibliography; Index
Routledge Library Editions: Political Thought and Political Philosophy (54 Volume set) presents titles, originally published between 1924 and 2003. Political theory has a long history and broad scope, this set draws together research from leading academics covering key themes such as: liberty and justice, power, federalism, anarchy and direct action, socialism, Marxism and liberalism. It will be of interest to students of both politics and philosophy.