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New Left Review I/128, July-August 1981

Geoff Hodgson

Corporatism and Class Struggle

Leo Panitch, in New Left Review 125, provides an interesting analysis of modern corporatism. However, he chooses to criticise a passage from a pamphlet I wrote on unemployment, and in doing this blemishes his analysis with no less than three non sequiturs. Neither the pamphlet as a whole, nor the passage he quotes, support the interpretation which he offers. He makes the incorrect and unsustained implications from the quoted text that: (1) a notion of a ‘socialist corporate state’ is inferred, (2) ‘the state apparatus can be “captured” by the working class’ and (3) ‘that the working class can unite hegemonically on capitalist terrain’.

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