Louis Althusser’s critique of the Communist Party and the question of the postrevolutionary state

Nowak, Jörg (2017) Louis Althusser’s critique of the Communist Party and the question of the postrevolutionary state. Rethinking Marxism, 29 (2). pp. 234-255. ISSN 1475-8059

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This essay explores some aspects of the debate led by Louis Althusser and Etienne Balibar on the strategy of the French Communist Party (PCF) in the 1970s. They saw the Euro-communist turn of the party as a strategy that accepted the influence of social democrats without addressing the crucial question of mass participation in the party. Their criticism of the PCF was also a criticism of the statist strategy in socialist countries at that time, which they saw as a fusion of the socialist state with the working-class party. Althusser radicalized his stance when he demanded that a revolutionary party should stay outside the state, both before and after a socialist revolution. In this text, the references made by Balibar and Althusser to works of Marx and Engels are compared with the political positions developed in the original texts, and some conclusions for contemporary political strategies are hinted at.

Item Type: Article
RIS ID: https://nottingham-repository.worktribe.com/output/884376
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Rethinking Marxism on 25/09/2017, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/08935696.2017.1358499
Keywords: Class Domination, Dictatorship of the Proletariat, Étienne Balibar, Euro-Communism, Louis Althusser
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Politics and International Relations
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1080/08935696.2017.1358499
Depositing User: Eprints, Support
Date Deposited: 05 Oct 2017 09:59
Last Modified: 04 May 2020 19:08
URI: https://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/47014

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