Disciplines: Political Science, Sociology
Theory of politics as moderated antagonism.
Politics is best seen as competition or conflict over resources, power, or prestige.
The term covers a wide range of theories, amongst which, appropriately, there is no agreement, but of which Marxism is the most familiar.
Also see: dialectical materialism
Alan Bullock, Oliver Stallybrass, and Stephen Trombley, eds, The Fontana Dictionary of Modern Thought, 2nd edn (London, 1988)