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An Essay On the Nature of the State

An Essay On the Nature of the State

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The state has already achieved its practical revenge. But it still awaits its theoretical one. The aim of this essay is to contribute to the achievement of this long
expected theoretical revenge.
The state has already achieved its practical revenge. But it still awaits its theoretical one. The aim of this essay is to contribute to the achievement of this long
expected theoretical revenge.

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AN ESSAY ON THE NATURE OFTHE STATE
CEM ERO
Ğ
UL
Ankara, 1981
UNIVERSITY OF ANKARA FACULTY OF POLITICAL SCIENCES PUBLICATIONS: 480
 
FOREWORDI am at present working as a professor of constitutional law,at the Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Ankara (Turkey). Iwas born in 1944, so I am over sixty now. After graduating in 1964from the faculty above-mentioned, I went to Paris where I got theDiplôme d’Etudes supérieures, which was a prerequisite for theDoctorat d’Etat, the best Ph.D. degree offered by France in thediscipline of political sciences in those years. It is during my stay inParis, till the very end of 1965, that I discovered Marxism. (Sincethen, this degree, as well as my faculty, the Faculté de Droit et deScience économique, have been profoundly reshaped following theturmoil of May 1968.)The discovery of Marxism has shaped my whole life sincethen. On my return to Turkey, I became a research assistant in thefield of constitutional law. My Ph.D. thesis, completed in 1969, wasthe first political party monograph realized in Turkey and it waswritten from a historical materialist point of view. During the same period, I was active in the Turkish Workers’ Party, which was thefirst legal Marxist party founded in Turkey.The military coup of March 1971 dissolved the TurkishWorkers’ Party and put thus an end to my political activities. As aresult, I shifted the bulk of my energy to a thorough research whichaimed to build the concept of politics, the object of my academicstudies, within a Marxist framework. This drew me to the analysis of the state. In 1976, I started a postgraduate course on the MarxistTheory of the State. This course lasted three years, till my going toEngland.This book was written during a prolonged sabbatical leave inEngland, between 1979-81. It was printed in a haste (this explains its bad impression) after my return to Turkey, due to the mountingapprehension following news that the military junta which had seized power in September 1980 was now turning its attention to theuniversities. As a matter of fact, nearly all Marxists and a good manydemocrats were expelled from the universities, following a vast purge initiated in the beginning of 1983.I had to make a living. I returned to the university (again, theFaculty of Political Sciences in Ankara) in 1990 (following a judicialdecision of great courage). But the return to a truly democraticatmosphere took a very long time. It’s only in 2003 that I was able tointroduce, once again, a postgraduate course on the ConceptualFramework of Marxism. This prompted me to look back at myforgotten book. On rereading it I thought that it could be of interestto others and that is why I am offering it to the attention of anyoneconcerned.
This is my e-mail address: erogul@politics.ankara.edu.tr or: cem.erogul@superonline.com
 
 
AN ESSAY ON THE NATURE OFTHE STATE
CONTENTS
 
PREFACE: The Revenge of the State
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1
 
INTRODUCTION: Some Preliminary Remarks
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11
 
CHAPTER I: The Three Functions of the State
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25
 
CHAPTER II: The General Interest
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51
 
CHAPTER III: The Dominant Class Interest
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73
 
CHAPTER IV: The State's Own Interest
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99
 
CHAPTER V: The Nature of the State
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123
 
CHAPTER VI: Forms of the State
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145
 
CONCLUSION: The Future of the State
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171
 

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