By Mark Neocleous
To maintain social order the kingdom needs to administer civil society, with a threefold objective - the fashioning of the marketplace, the structure of criminal subjectivity and the subsumption of fight. In Administering Civil Society Mark Neocleous deals a rethinking of the state-civil society contrast in the course of the thought of political management. this is often completed via an unique interpreting of Hegel's Philosophy of correct and an insightful critique of Foucault's account of strength and management. the end result is a hugely provocative conception of country strength.
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Furthermore, because Bolshevik theory and practice is bound to result in a dictatorship of the central Party elite rather than the proletariat, the politicization that comes with suffrage and control of the state stifles rather than facilitates any ongoing project of human emancipation; where freedom exists only for members of the governing party it is not freedom at all. Echoing Marx on the nature of the universal she writes that the dictatorship of the proletariat must be 'the dictatorship of the class, not of a party or clique ...
Taking from Machiavelli the distinction between two ways of fighting - by law or by force - where the first is natural to men and the second to beasts, and agreeing that as the first often proves inadequate one must have recourse to the second, Gramsci transforms this duality into 'force and consent, authority and hegemony, violence and civilisation'. 53 Thus the duality of coercion and consent can be said to be valid in any historic epoch for Gramsci. 54 Now, separating these dualisms out, as Anderson does, makes it appear that on the one From Imperialism to Ideology 41 hand there is force, authority and violence, and on the other there is consent, hegemony and civilization.
In this conception hegemony incorporates both coercion and consent. ' 57 Since political society is either part of the state or identical with the state it would seem that hegemony is also a function if the state. ' 58 Since the means of the legitimate use of force is monopolized by the state, the claim that the exercise of hegemony is partly characterized by the use of force must mean that hegemony is exercised through the state. And when considering the politics of Croce and Gentile, Gramsci is critical of the way the former's liberalism leads him to maintain a distinction between civil and political society, between hegemony and dictatorship, whereas the latter's fascist account of state power at least allows him to recognize that 'hegemony and dictatorship are indistinguishable, force and consent are simply equivalent'.