The book deals with the main doctrines of Marxist politics – the state of the most powerful, economically dominant class through the medium of the State becomes the politically dominant class acquiring the means of holding down and exploiting the oppressed class, who, in turn, retaliate against this oppression. Clearly and simply written, the book explores the views of classical Marxists along with the findings of Western and Analytical Marxists. It also shows a distinction between Marxist and non-Marxist views on politics. Their points of difference as well as their common roots are thus clearly accounted for.
Marxist politics is a coherent system of ideas and theories of class, class struggle, party, revolution and the state developed in response to a series of major and interrelated changes – the emergence of a capitalist economy, the rise of the modern nation-state and the development of modern science, which transformed both the society and politics. This book is intended to explore these ideas and theories. Particular emphasis has been put on the ideas and views of critical Marxists in a separate chapter. Clearly and analytically written, the book includes brief bibliographical details of major individual thinkers as well as an annotated bibliography which gives guidance for further reading.