© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2007 DOI: 10.1163/156920607X192174 Historical Materialism 15 (2007) 233–242 www.brill.nl/hima Statism A : mustawa ¯ G : Etatismus. – F : étatisme. R : ploskost’ S : estatismo. – C : Cengmian A meaningful discussion of statism in relation to the Marxist tradition must distinguish between word and concept. For, although the word ‘statism’ itself rarely occurs, the phe- nomena it connotes have certainly been widely recognised and discussed. Th e expression ‘stat- ism’ ﬁ rst emerged as such in France around 1880 to describe political doctrines that called for an expansion of the role and responsibili- ties of the state in all areas of the economy and civil society. Th e word was also used in Swit- zerland in the 1890s in the struggle to resist a proposed expansion of federal powers at the expense of the cantons, especially in the eco- nomic and ﬁ nancial domains. Nowadays, a usage of ‘statism’ prevails that denotes the dominant position of the state vis-à-vis soci- ety, its individual domains, and the individual. Th is is also how ‘statism’ has come to be largely used in the Marxist tradition – albeit with an historical-materialist grounding that
Historical Materialism – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2007
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