Marxism and the Capitalist State: Authors’ Roundtable

The New School
University Center UL-104
63 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10003


We regret to announce that the event is canceled. We will not speak at the New School while student protesters are being arrested. We will announce an alternative date and location in due course.

Although Karl Marx never devised a systemic theory of the state, his wider writings raise obvious questions about the nature of political power and organization under capitalism. How do material social relations influence the forms taken by political institutions? What role do law and ideological institutions play in the reproduction of capitalism? What would a “Marxist” theory of the state mean for revolutionary or reformist political strategy? In the newly published collection Marxism and the Capitalist State (Palgrave Macmillan), co-edited by BISR faculty Rafael Khachaturian, alongside Rob Hunter and Eva Nanopolous, an array of scholars (including Khachaturian and fellow BISR faculty Alyssa Battistoni) reformulate these classic questions in the context of global catastrophe. How can Marxist state theory help us understand the causes and logics of, and possible solutions to, the major problems riddling twenty-first century life—from climate change to technology to metastasizing security and police power?

Join BISR and The New School, Friday, May 3rd, as we welcome Marxism and the Capitalist State contributors Rafael Khachaturian, Alyssa Battistoni, Rob Hunter, Chris O’Kane, Kirstin Munro, and Jasmine Chorley-Schulz for a discussion of the major issues in Marxist state theory and their application to our understanding of the modern capitalist state (and the crises that beset it). Attendance is free, though advanced registration is required; to RSVP, please visit The New School’s event page.

Event Schedule

Friday, 4:30-6:00pm ET
May 03, 2024

This event is cancelled.