• transform! yearbook 2023
  • Facing the State: Left Analyses and Perspectives

  • 15 Sep 23
  • Explore the 9th edition of the transform! yearbook, delving into the social fabric of the modern nation-state and left strategies for transformation. Uncover the historical context of the state's role and its impact on class dynamics, and dive into an analysis of the delicate balance between politics and economics.

    The publication will soon be available in print from the Merlin Press  webshop.

    transform! yearbook 2023 considers the class character of the contemporary nation-state, its measure of relative autonomy from capital, and the left's strategies for transforming it. While neoliberalism has curtailed the state's function as guarantor of public welfare, it has strengthened its role as organiser of global marketisation and finance. However, with the pandemic, the crucial necessity of public healthcare services became a burning issue for large sections of the population, and worker-led initiatives to transform production and protect the environment raised the question of the possible role of the state in socio-ecological transformation.

    This year's transform! yearbook addresses the following aspects:

    • State Theory
    • State Transformation and Its Effects
    • Rivalries at the International Level
    • Authoritarian Capitalist States
    • Country Case Studies
    • Marxist Christian Dialogue


    Facing the State: Left Analyses and Perspectives
    transform! yearbook 2023
    David Broder, Eric Canepa, Haris Golemis
    Merlin Press


    David Broder, Eric Canepa, Haris Golemis: Facing the State: Left Analyses and Perspectives

    State Theory
    Dunja Larise: State Theory in ‘Western Marxism’ Revisited
    Athena Athanasiou: Decentring the State
    Michalis Spourdalakis: State Transformations: From the ‘Powerless’ to the ‘Entrepreneurial State’

    State Transformation and Its Effects
    Étienne Balibar: On the State, the Public, and the Common: Thoughts from the Pandemic
    Hilary Wainwright: Transforming Production to Save the Planet: What Does This Mean for the Left and the State?
    Ulrich Brand: The Role of the State in Social-Ecological Transformations: Some Theoretical Considerations and Current Observations
    Panos Ramantanis: Repressive State Mechanisms and Biopolitical Practices in the Age of Covid-19: The Example of Greece
    Ankica Čakardić: Who Cares? Neoliberalism, Informal Labour, and Life-Making
    Steven Forti: The Extreme Right and the State: What Should the Left Do?

    Rivalries at the International Level
    Antonios Tzanakopoulos: The Left, the State, and International Institutions
    Göran Therborn: The Capitalist State and the Looming Endgame
    of Western World Domination. Interviewed by Haris Golemis
    Walter Baier: National Self-Determination and European Integration Are Not Mutually Exclusive. Interviewed by Haris Golemis

    Authoritarian Capitalist States
    Boris Kagarlitsky: The State and Restoration
    Gavin Rae: The Left and the Changing Authoritarian State in Capitalist Poland Country Case Studies
    Alberto Garzón: State vs. Government: The Experience of Unidas Podemos in Spain
    Aristides Baltas: The Greek State: Theory, History, Policies
    Jukka Pietiläinen: Finland’s Left Alliance in Government
    Mariana Mortágua: The Left and the State: The Case of the Portuguese Geringonça
    Giulia Russo: The Redistribution of the Common in Serbia

    Marxist Christian Dialogue

    Franz Segbers: A Plea for a Left Religion Policy in Europe

    Mario Amorós: Fifty Years After the Coup d’État in Chile: Salvador Allende, a Revolutionary for the 21st Century

    Authors and Editors

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