The Democratic Class Struggle
Routledge, 7. des. 2018 - 288 sider
First published in 1983. This book combines a case study of class relations, politics and voting in Sweden with a comparative analysis of distributive conflicts and politics in eighteen OECD countries. Its underlying theoretical theme is the development of class relations in free-enterprise or capitalise democracies. This title will be of interest to students of history and politics.
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In the mass society a multitude of cross-cutting lines of cleavage gives politics a more amorphous structure, ... Old cleavages such as religion, race and ethnicity are seen as overtaking the socio-economic ones as bases for conflict.
The pluralists, however, combine it with the assumption of a fragmentation of the bases of cleavages and thus of collective action in the mass society. This re-combination leads to the conclusion that the capitalist democracies provide ...
Against the background of these theoretical approaches, we shall then discuss the role of interest organizations in the making of public policy and the relative importance of different bases for cleavages in the Western nations during ...
In place of a few antagonistic classes, the advanced industrial society thus develops a multiplicity of cleavages and interest groups. Through multiple and overlapping associational memberships, criss-crossing lines of interest ...
From a pluralist point of view the primacy which this interpretation gives to class cleavages will be questioned. While accepting the importance of class, those who lean towards the Leninist interpretation.