The State, Class and the Recession (Routledge Revivals): 1st Edition (e-Book) book cover

The State, Class and the Recession (Routledge Revivals)

1st Edition

Edited by Stewart Clegg, Geoff Dow, Paul Boreham


332 pages

Purchasing Options:$ = USD
Paperback: 9780415715614
pub: 2014-12-04
SAVE ~$10.59
Hardback: 9780415715379
pub: 2013-06-21
SAVE ~$37.00
eBook (VitalSource) : 9781315881539
pub: 2013-10-18
from $26.48

FREE Standard Shipping!


The contributions to this edited collection, first published in 1983, are based on two underlying themes. The first examines the major recession that took hold of the global economy during the 1980s and assesses its effects on key areas of social structure, including political and economic democracy and trade union representation. The second theme considers the limitations of state intervention in such changing circumstances, with particular reference to the welfare state. This is a comprehensive title, which is of great relevance to those with an interest in the current global economic situation and the potential impact of this on the welfare state and class structure.


"The insights generated are surprisingly relevant for analysis of the recent Global Economic Crisis of 2008. … A strong point of the work lies in the detailed and insightful comparative analysis of original sources such as Adam Smith, David Ricardo, Max Weber, and Karl Marx, acting as a valuable reference for understanding the relationships and development of these scholar’s ideas, which makes it a shame that this work has not received greater attention. " – Ace V. Simpson and Marco Berti (2014) Journal of Political Power

Table of Contents

List of Abbreviations; Preface; 1. Politics and Crisis: The State of the Recession Stewart Clegg, Paul Boreham and Geoff Dow 2. Competitive Party Democracy and the Keynesian Welfare State: Some Reflections Upon their Historical Limits Claus Offe 3. The Historical Foundations of Class Struggle in Late Capitalist Liberal Democracies Nixon Apple 4. The Institutional Transformations of the Post Laissez-Faire State: Reflections on the Italian Case Franco Ferraresi 5. Technocracy and the Late Capitalist Society: Reflections on the Problem of Rationality and Social Organisation G. T. Wilson 6. The Crisis of Representation in Class-Oriented Unions: Some reflections based on the Italian Case Marino Regini 7. An International Participation Cycle: Variations on a Recurring Theme Harvie Ramsay; Notes on Contributors; Name Index; Subject Index

About the Series

Routledge Revivals

Are there elusive titles that you need and have been trying to source for years but thought that you would never be able to find?

Well this may be the end of your quest – here is a fantastic opportunity for you to discover past brilliance and purchase previously out of print and unavailable titles by some of the world’s most eminent academic scholars.

Drawing from over 100 years of innovative, cutting-edge publishing, Routledge Revivals is an exciting programme whereby key titles from the distinguished and extensive backlist of the many acclaimed imprints associated with Routledge will be re-issued.

The programme draws upon the illustrious backlists of Kegan Paul, Trench & Trubner, Routledge & Kegan Paul, Methuen, Allen & Unwin and Routledge itself.

Routledge Revivals spans the whole of the Humanities and Social Sciences, and includes works by some of the world’s greatest thinkers including Emile Durkheim, Max Weber, Simone Weil, Martin Buber, Karl Jaspers and Max Beloff.

If you are interested in Revivals in the Behavioral Sciences, please visit

Learn more…

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economic Conditions
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economics / General
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economics / Theory
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Social Classes