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By Mark Neocleous

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To maintain social order the country needs to administer civil society, with a threefold function - the fashioning of the industry, the structure of felony subjectivity and the subsumption of fight. In Administering Civil Society Mark Neocleous deals a rethinking of the state-civil society contrast during the thought of political management. this can be completed via an unique examining of Hegel's Philosophy of correct and an insightful critique of Foucault's account of energy and management. the result is a hugely provocative idea of country energy.

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Hegel is critical of the idea of universal suffrage, favouring the representation of groups rather than individuals. 95 More substantively, for Hegel elections are intended to produce representation whereas for Marx they are intended to produce participation. Thus Hegel's concept of elections retains the separation of state and civil society whereas Marx's, by positing the fullest possible participation, is designed to constitute its dissolution. 96 This conceptualization of suffrage follows from the understanding of the working class as a class not of civil society.

In the imperialist phase of class rule industrial power gets divorced from the factory and concentrated in the state bureaucracy, forcing the state to take over the regulation of the production and distribution of material wealth as one of its functions. From this two things follow. First, this imperial expansion of the state raises the possibility for renewed working-class activity, for the national coordination of the economy raises the possibility of a system of factories established on the basis of workers councils.

As these two conceptions are developed, however, and the concept 'hegemony' expanded beyond the question of leadership, he loses the focus on imperialism. This allows for a more sustained attempt at conceptualizing some of the historical changes, through his two conceptions of the state and via an expansion of hegemony. Despite the historical distinction just noted, in his earlier work Gramsci is concerned that the Italian state is atypical in the sense that it did not evolve into a constitutional democratic state but had to be created by industrial capitalism.

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