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Presenting a sustained and concrete challenge to the current political consensus, this reference identifies the radical alternative of adopting socialism as the key issue facing civilization and the crucial condition of making substantial progress. Demonstrating that capitalist control of the state was so comprehensive that partial re
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Published (first published April 1st 1969)
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Mike
Feb 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really surprised how much I liked this. Poor bloke's not likely to get much of a look-in now thanks to his dreadful children. This book is a concise and powerful account of how state power functions in what he calls 'advanced capitalist countries', basically the Western liberal democracies then. Miliband was ahead of Chomsky (on the media), Althusser (on schools etc). Quite a book for its time.

The book is really good at balancing credit for the the limited benefits of a liberal democracy over a
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Malcolm
Aug 22, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this as an undergradaute, and thirty years later I keep coming back to it as one of the foundational pieces about how I understand the State to work. It is elegant, fluid, compelling and 40 years after it was first published remains a fantastic foil for schoalrship and politics. Deservedly, a (almost, the) classic.
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