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By Mark Neocleous

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To maintain social order the country needs to administer civil society, with a threefold goal - the fashioning of the marketplace, the structure of felony subjectivity and the subsumption of fight. In Administering Civil Society Mark Neocleous deals a rethinking of the state-civil society contrast in the course of the thought of political management. this can be accomplished via an unique interpreting of Hegel's Philosophy of correct and an insightful critique of Foucault's account of strength and management. the end result is a hugely provocative conception of country strength.

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59 Such criticisms of Marx depend on obscuring the continuation of the state-civil society distinction in his work. Marx does not dispense with the state-civil society model, nor, pace such critics, does he replace 'civil society' with 'economic base'. Nor, pace some Marxists, should the concept be struck from the Marxist vocabulary. 60 It is impossible to comprehend the state without conceptualizing it in relation to civil sociery, but this cannot be done if civil society is reduced to 'economic base'.

Chantal Mouffe, for example, suggests that for Gramsci 'the concept of the integral state ... serves primarily to demonstrate that civil society ... is in fact the place where the hegemony of the bourgeoisie is exercised', and she maintains that in Gramsci's work the concept of hegemony has nothing to do with the 'phenomenon of state intervention in the social sphere' or any 'enlargement of the state'. 56 The problem with such a formulation is that it only succeeds if one ignores Gramsci's expanded state concept, precisely that dimension of his work that is the most fruitful.

23 Because Lenin's 'microscopic universe' 24 does not include modern administration it fails to address this phenomenon. 25 Lenin's analysis is lacking precisely because it is a critique of the obsolescent Russian state rather than the modern state and its mechanisms of administration. This will hardly suffice in an attempt to develop a materialist analysis of the capitalist state in the twentieth century. However, the Germans did have experience of such administrative mechanisms and yet they too failed to deal with them theoretically.

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