By Claus Offe
Claus Offe is without doubt one of the major social scientists operating in Germany at the present time, and his paintings, really at the welfare nation, has been significantly influential either in Europe and the U.S.. "Contradictions of the Welfare kingdom" is the 1st selection of Offe's essays to seem in one quantity in English, and it encompasses a number of his most crucial contemporary paintings at the breakdown of the post-war cost. The political writings during this e-book are essentially eager about the origins of the current problems - what Offe calls the 'crises of drawback administration' - of welfare capitalist states. He shows why within the current interval, those states aren't any longer in a position to absolutely dealing with the socio-political difficulties and conflicts generated by means of past due capitalist societies and discusses the viability of latest correct, corporatist, and democratic socialist proposals for restructuring the welfare country. The publication additionally bargains clean and penetrating insights right into a variety of different matters, together with social pursuits, political events, legislation, social coverage, and exertions markets. there's an interview with Claus Offe, ready specifically for this quantity, and a considerable introductory bankruptcy through John Keane which hyperlinks the essays and explores Offe's principal subject matters. Claus Offe has researched and lectured generally all through Europe and North the US and is Professor within the college of Sociology on the college of Bielefeld. John Keane is an editor of Telos and Senior Lecturer in Political idea and Sociology on the Polytechnic of relevant London. This e-book is integrated within the sequence, experiences in modern German Social proposal, edited through Thomas McCarthy.
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Problems of the capitalist state If this problem henceforth serves as the frame of reference for our analysis, it becomes both possible and meaningful to define more precisely the concept of the 'capitalist state'. The capitalist state can no longer be characterized as an instrument of 'the' interest of capital (an interest which is neither homogeneous nor 'generally understood'); rather, this state is characterized by constitutional and organizational structures whose specific selectivity is designed to reconcile and harmonize the 'privately regulated' capitalist economy with the processes of socialization this economy triggers.
5-26 ; 'The attribution of public status to interest groups: observations on the West German case' , in Suzanne Berger (ed. ) , (Cambridge 1981), pp. Organizing Interests in Western Europe 123-58; and (with Helmut Wiesenthal) 'Two logics of collective action: theoretical notes on social class and organ izational form', Political Power and Social Theory, Vol. 67-115. 1 (1980), pp. 1 'Crises of crisis management': elements of a political crisis theory * The concept of crisis While there have been numerous attempts in political science to increase the reliability of strategies of political-administrative inter vention through the improvement of information, organizational, planning and legal techniques, there are hardly any studies which proceed from the opposite point of view.
The purpose of these strategies is not to create or expand the necessary economic pre-conditions for the continued existence of capitalist economies by opening up raw materials, labour, investment and export markets;5 rather, their purpose is to obstruct processes of emancipation that are seen to threaten capitalist hegemony. The course of development of capitalist industrial society seems 42 Contradictions of the Welfare State to cumulatively produce phenomena and structural elements that are not determined by the interest of individual capital units in the creation of surplus value, and that can be linked to the 'interest of capital as � whole' only in a highly ambivalent way.