Revisiting the Debate on Open Marxist Perspectives

Domez, P. and Sutton, A. (2016) Revisiting the Debate on Open Marxist Perspectives. British Journal of Politics and International Relations, 18 (3). pp. 688-705. ISSN 1467-856X

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This article seeks to review the recent incarnation of a long-standing engagement in international political economy (IPE) and critical theory between open Marxist perspectives (OMPs) and their critics. The paper aims to identify the enduring relevance of this debate in order to constructively think about the possibility and future of critical social inquiry in our time. It criticises elements on both sides of the debate that no longer serve but rather hinder achieving this objective. We argue that the recent criticisms make a number of important constructive points that could help enhance the explanatory power of OMPs yet still portray the latter uncharitably. We propose to take the emphasis on openness in OMPs seriously as a scholarly and political orientation without immersing the debate with the charges of reductionism, instrumentalism, determinism and functionalism which are frequently raised by various versions of Marxism against one another – often to little avail.

Publication Type: Articles
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HX Socialism. Communism. Anarchism
J Political Science > JC Political theory
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Divisions: Academic Areas > Institute of Arts and Humanities > History
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Depositing User: Alex Sutton
Date Deposited: 30 Mar 2017 10:38
Last Modified: 22 Nov 2019 09:34

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