This interview with Bob Jessop covers diverse issues ranging from the challenge of defining the state to problems of conjunctural analysis and political practice. It first explores the state and state power from a strategic-relational perspective and then addresses the relation between economics and politics in the context of a tendentially unified world market and a continuing plurality of national states. Attention then turns to the North Atlantic financial crisis and the Eurozone crisis and their relation to a variegated global capitalism organized in the shadow of neoliberalism. Financialization and the rise of political capitalism are seen as leading to a loss of temporal sovereignty, problems of crisis management, an assault on democracy, and the rise of the austerity state. Closing remarks address the role of left-wing social movements and parties, such as SYRIZA and Podemos, and the difficulties of periodization, conjunctural analysis, and lesson drawing as well as the prospects for radical democratic transformation.
Flohr, M., & Harrison, Y. N. A. (2016). Reading the Conjuncture: State, Austerity and Social Movements, an Interview with Bob Jessop. Rethinking Marxism, 28(2), 306-321. https://doi.org/10.1080/08935696.2016.1163988