Political Marxism (PM) developed as a reaction against ahistorical models of Marxist analysis in the debate on the transition from feudalism to capitalism. The critique of formalism returned social agency and class conflict to the center of Marxism. In this context, Robert Brenner and Ellen Wood articulated the foundations of PM as a distinct approach to rehistoricise and repoliticise the Marxist project. It provoked a turn away from structuralisms and teleology towards historical specificity as contested process and lived praxis.
This research programme has expanded across the social sciences to include the fields of history, political theory, political economy, sociology, international relations and international political economy.
This website serves as a platform for the development and dissemination of research and debates on PM. It is currently hosted by the ‘Political Marxism Research Group’ in the Department of International Relations at the University of Sussex.
For information about the Sussex PM group, please contact the following addresses:
Political Marxism Research Group
Department of International Relations
University of Sussex
Falmer, Brighton BN1 9SJ