State is the central concept of social science and social theory. However, it is surprisingly neglected or narrowed down, both in the descriptive and the normative accounts. The predominant Weberian-Marxist school of state analysis reduces it to an alienated bureaucratic superstructure of capitalism. “State capacity” is needed functionally, but is substantially authoritarian, so that the coexistence of state with democracy becomes a problem. Both the Left and the neoliberal Right exclude state from their normative presuppositions. In contrast to this, the talk will address the substantive value of state order as a key framework for democracy and as a constitutive instance for democratic movements. Can there be a substantively, not just instrumentally, democratic state? This, in a somewhat utopian vein, will be our focus here.
Artemy Magun is a Professor at European University at Saint-Petersburg, an editor-in-chief of “Stasis”.
The lecture will be given in English.
March 16, 2.30 pm
Online broadcast on SAS YouTube channel.