A recipe for a cookshop of the future: G.D.H. Cole and the conundrum of sovereignty

Wyatt, Chris (2006) A recipe for a cookshop of the future: G.D.H. Cole and the conundrum of sovereignty Capital & Class, 30 (3). pp. 93-123. ISSN 0309-8168

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Abstract

The concept of state sovereignty has, since Hobbes,been a highly contentious and much-debated issue. Marx’s critique that institutional detachments obscure the modern state’s embodiment in socioeconomic relations encapsulates the reason why sovereignty is not simply a political issue. This paper argues that the guild socialist theorist G.D.H. Cole completes Marx’s analysis, effectively filling out Marx’s critique of the liberal state as a mask behind which capitalist power thrives. In seeking to defend Cole from his critics, the paper shows that while Cole’s scheme permits a sovereign body to exist, the manner in which its powers are exercised is constitutionally restricted. Such formal limitations successfully redefine the substance of sovereignty.

Item Type:Journal article
Subjects:L000 Social Sciences
DOI (a stable link to the resource):10.1177/030981680609000106
Faculties:Faculty of Health and Social Sciences > School of Applied Social Science
ID Code:10772
Deposited By:editor sass
Deposited On:15 Jun 2012 16:18
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