Marxism, theory and politics
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If the recent history of Marxism, particularly the tradition of Western Marxism, has revealed a disproportionate preoccupation with philosophical and epistemological questions, it is not so much indicative of a complete neglect of political conceptions and ideas as it is a reflection or consequence of the evident limitations of the conceptions and analyses formulated by Marx and Engels for an understanding of politics and power. Behind the significance and priority accorded to the philosophical and epistemological dimension in Marxist analysis there is the problem of political analysis and strategy, the crisis of Marxist political movements, parties and nation states with political systems 'modelled' on Marxist or Marxist-Leninist principles. Indeed, it is through the increasing crisis of Marxist politics that we may reach an understanding of the preoccupation with Marxist theory, its fundamental premises, concepts and epistemological grounds -a preoccupation which seems to have taken the form either of a search for solutions to the problems of political analysis and strategy, or of a retreat from such concerns. In this chapter I will focus on the political dimension of the crisis of Marxism.