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Class struggle in the public service: class and labour process in the Australian Public Service

Kuhn, Rick
Fonte: Universidade Nacional da Austrália Publicador: Universidade Nacional da Austrália
Tipo: Thesis (Honours)(non-ANU) Formato: iv, 101 p.
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The body of the thesis is divided into three parts: overview and clarification of theoretical issues - chapter 1, 2 and 3; some developments in the Australian Public Servie (APS) labour process since 1945 - chapters 4 and 5; public service employee organisation, chapter 6. Chapter 1 provides an outline of the empirical scope of the thesis and a statistical overview of state employment in Australia. Chapter 2 considers marxist theories which have a bearing on the questions in hand. Therborn’s 1978 essay “Dictatorship of the Proletariat and the Class character of the State Apparatus” which directly addresses the central concerns of the thesis is examined. It is criticised for its inadequate understanding of the distinction between state and civil society, shared by many other marxist analyses, which leads to a replacement of concepts of historical materialism by those of orthodox social science, when the internal structure of the state is being analysed. The critique of Therborn leads to the conclusion that the nature of class relations within the state must be the basis for further analysis of the state’s internal structure. These class relations are explored by taking up the debate on the "new middle class", initiated by Poulantzas. He maintains that state employees are members of the new petty bourgeoisie rather than proletarian...