Reading Programme

Foundations I

(Friday 24th September 2010)

Wood, Ellen Meiksins (1981). ‘The Separation of the Economic and the Political in Capitalism’, New Left Review, I/127

Brenner, Robert (1997). ‘Economic Relations and the Growth of Agricultural Productivity in Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe’, in A.Bhaduri and R. Skarstein (Eds), Economic Development and Agricultural Productivity. Cheltenham, Edward Elgar: 9-44.

Allison, Jamie and Alexander Anievas (2010). ‘Approaching the “International”: Beyond Political Marxism’, in A. Anievas (ed.), Marxism and World Politics. London: Routledge.

Foundations II – Class

(Monday 1st November 2010)

Comninel, George (1987). Rethinking the French Revolution: Marxism and the Revisionist Challenge. London:Verso (Chapters 1 & 7)

Thompson, E.P. (1980[1963]). The Making of the English Working Class. London: Penguin. (Preface)

Wood, Ellen Meiksins (1995). Democracy Against Capitalism: Renewing Historical Materialism. Cambridge: CUP. (Chapter 3: ‘Class as Process and Relationship’)

The Capitalist State: History & Theory

(Monday 6th December 2010)

Clarke, Simon (1991). ‘The State Debate’, in Simon Clarke (ed.) The State Debate. London: Macmillan.

Gerstenberger, Heide (1992). ‘The Bourgeois State Form Revisited’, in Werner Bonefeld, Richard Gunn and Kosmas Psychopedis (eds), Open Marxism: Dialectics and History. Vol. 1. London: Pluto Press.

Bieler, Andreas and Adam David Morton (2003). ‘Globalisation the State and Class Struggle: a “Critical Economy” Engagement with Open Marxism’, British Journal of Politics and International Relations, 5(4), November: pp. 467-499.

International Law

(Friday 4th February 2011)

China Mieville, Between Equal Rights: A Marxist Theory of International Law, Leiden: Brill 2005; chapter 3 (‘For Pashukanis: An Exposition and Defense of the Commodity-Form Theory of Law’), pp. 75-115.

Martti Koskenniemi, ‘What Should International Lawyers Learn from Karl Marx’, Leiden Journal of International Law, 2004, 17:2, pp. 229-246.

Remi Bachand and Thierry Lapointe, ‘Beyond Presentism: Rethinking the Enduring Co-Constitutive Relationship between International law and International Relations’, International Political Sociology, 2010, 4, pp. 271-286.


(Friday 4th March 2011)

Konings, M. (2005). ‘The United States in the Post-war Global Political Economy: Another Look at the Brenner Debate’, in David Coates (Ed.) Varieties of Capitalism, Varieties of Approaches, Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan.

Brenner, R. (2005). ‘The Capitalist Economy, 1945-2000: A Reply to Konings and to Panitch and Gindin’, in David Coates (Ed.) Varieties of Capitalism, Varieties of Approaches, Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan.

Knafo, S. (unpublished). ‘Financial Crises and the Political Economy of Speculation’.


(Wednesday 27th April 2011)

Teschke, B. (2011), ‘Decisions and Indecisions. Political and Intellectual Receptions of Carl Schmitt’, New Left Review, 67, January-February.

Balakrishnan, G. (2011), ‘The Geopolitics of Separation. Response to Benno Teschke’, New Left Review, 68, March-April.

Teschke, B. (2011), ‘The Fetish of Geopolitics. A reply to Gopal Balakrishnan’, New Left Review, 69, May-June.


(Monday 23rd May 2011)

Heine, Christian and Benno Teschke (1996). ‘Sleeping Beauty and the Dialectical Awakening: On the Potential of Dialectic for International Relations’, Millennium: Journal of International Studies, 25:2, pp. 399-423.

Knafo, Samuel (2002). ‘The Fetishizing Subject in Marx’s Capital’, Capital&Class, issue 76: 145-175.

Smith, Tony (1999). ‘Brenner and Crisis Theory: Issues in Systematic and Historical Dialectics’, Historical Materialism 5 (1):145-178.

Ollman, Bertell (2003). Dance of the Dialectic: Steps in Marx’s Method, Urbana: University of Illinois Press, Chapter 5.

Political Marxism  &  Ideas

(Friday, 24th of June 2011)

Wood, Ellen Meiksins (2011). Citizens to Lords. A Social History of Western Political Thought from Antiquity to the Late Middle Ages, London: Verso. (Introduction)

Skinner, Quentin (1978). The Foundations of Modern Political Thought, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. (Preface)

Skinner, Quentin (1969). ‘Meaning and Understanding in the History of Ideas’, History and Theory, 8:1, 1969, pp. 3-53.

Shilliam, Robbie (2009), German Thought and IR. The Rise and Fall of a Liberal Project, London: Palgrave. (Introduction)

Political Marxism & Methodology

(1st June, 2012)

Banaji, Jairus (2010). Theory as History. Essays on Modes of Production and Exploitation. Leiden: Brill.

Chibber, Vivek (2011). ‘What Is Living and What Is Dead in the Marxist Theory of History’, Historical Materialism, Volume 19, Number 2, 60-91