Relative Autonomy

Discipline: Political Science

Account of modern state found within recent Marxism employed by the Greek theorist Nicos Poulantzas (1936-1979).

States work within the limits set by the socio-economic structures within which they operate and which they function to sustain. Their autonomy is thus relative to this overall constraint.

Source:
Tom Bottomore, A Dictionary of Marxist Thought, 2nd edn (Oxford, 1991)

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