As John Roemer says in his introduction to this volume, 'During the past decade, what now appears as a new species in social theory has been forming: analytically sophisticated Marxism. Its practitioners are largely inspired by Marxian questions which they pursue with contemporary tools of logic, mathematics, and model building ... These writers are, self-consciously, products of both the Marxian and non-Marxian traditions.' This volume assembles substantial and original essays, both published and unpublished, by some of the leading practitioners of 'analytical Marxism'. The essays discuss a number of the fundamental issues of Marxian thought as well as questions that conventional Marxists see no need to raise. They exemplify the ways in which analytical Marxists are beginning to reinvigorate the Marxian tradition and, in doing so, to break down the barriers that have divided it from other forms of social theory. The volume will make an excellent textbook and an ideal introduction to this new approach.
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Forces and relations of production
The social basis of economic development
The theory of combined and uneven development a critique
Marxist ideas in development economics an evaluation
Material interests class compromise and the transition to socialism
Rational choice Marxism some issues of method and substance
Further thoughts on Marxism functionalism and game theory
Marxism and functional explanation
The structure of proletarian unfreedom
Should Marxists be interested in exploitation?
agents alienation alternative analysis argue argument behaviour bourgeois bourgeoisie capitalism capitalist exploitation capitalist property relations capitalist society claim class structure class struggle coalition collective action collective unfreedom competitive concept constraints contradictory locations corn defined definition direct producers distribution domination domination2 economic development egalitarian Elster endowments equal right equilibrium essay example exchange existence explanatory exploitation theory feudal forced to sell freedom functional explanation G. A. Cohen game theory historical materialism income inequality interest in exploitation investment John Roemer Jon Elster labour market labour power labour value Marx and Engels Marx's Marxian exploitation Marxist means of production models neo-classical neoclassical economics oppression optimal ownership peasants political position possible pre-capitalist property relations preferences problem productive forces profits proletarian question rational choice reason relations of production revolution Roemer sell his labour-power sell their labour-power socialist subsistence surplus Sweden techniques theory of exploitation unequal wage workers