© 1995

Rational Choice Marxism

  • Terrell Carver
  • Paul Thomas

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Terrell Carver, Paul Thomas
    Pages 1-10
  3. Erik Olin Wright
    Pages 11-30
  4. Alan Carling
    Pages 31-78
  5. Michael Burawoy
    Pages 136-166
  6. Desmond King, Mark Wickham-Jones
    Pages 200-230
  7. Mark E. Warren
    Pages 231-257
  8. Graeme Kirkpatrick
    Pages 258-274
  9. Michael Goldfield, Alan Gilbert
    Pages 275-300
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 324-338

About this book


To begin with, rational choice Marxism, promised to construct historical explanations and social theories with clarity and rigour. Subsequently, it took a `political turn' in addressing issues of class and production, and the prospects for electoral socialism. This anthology commences with the founding classics - Erik Olin Wright's `What is Analytical Marxism?' and Alan Carling's spirited challenge to the Marxist establishment - which are answered with critical responses detailed by Ellen Meiksins Wood and Michael Burawoy in previously uncollected debates. Also included are further debates charting the historical progression of rational choice Marxism. The editors demonstrate that the clarity and rigour originally promised by the rational choice Marxists was never in fact achieved, but that rational choice Marxism has considerably enhanced the theoretical treatment of class and production in a world of commodification and difference.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Terrell Carver
    • 1
  • Paul Thomas
    • 2
  1. 1.University of BristolUK
  2. 2.University of CaliforniaBerkeleyUSA

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