chapter  2
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De-industrialisation, Classes and Politics: John Urry

Third, the reproduction of labour-power necessarily involves the state. This is because the nature of capital is such that it is rare for it to be in the interests of any particular capital-unit to bear the costs of reproducing its own labour-power. This is at least the case when there is a need for specialised forms of training, medical care, sickness and welfare benefits, and so on. As the sphere of reproduction assumes dominance it is the state which ensures that all capital-units bear some of the costs of their provision.