By Jacob Torfing

This paintings offers another theoretical method of the learn of the transformation of the fashionable welfare country. It attracts upon the undogmatic Marxism of Gramsci which will deconstruct the Marxist culture and improve a common idea of capitalist rules which emphasizes the primacy of the political. In doing so, it seeks to combine French rules concept and British nation conception in the broader framework of discourse research. This theoretical framework is utilized in an empirical research of the Danish version of the Scandinavian welfare kingdom version.

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Being the lowest level of the hierarchy, the development of the productive forces cannot be explained by its functionality. Thus, while contributing to the structuration of the social totality, the development of the forces of production escapes the process of structuration and thus calls for a supplementary explanation. Such an explanation is provided by what Cohen calls the development thesis (Cohen, 1978: 134). The development thesis says that the productive forces tend to develop throughout history.

These obtain due to their propensity to have a beneficial effect on the development of the productive forces, because whenever relations of production have such a propensity they obtain (ibid. 261). Thus, in the standard case of continued development of the productive forces the functional explanation of the relations of production works well. But how can one explain 34 Politics, Regulation and the Modern Welfare State transitional cases where the relations of production fetter the development of the productive forces?

The three capital circuits exist simultaneously side by side, and each one passes constantly and successively into the next (ibid. 106±7). The continuity of the aggregate process is achieved by the unity of all three capital circuits, since, when combined, their different starting points arise from the general movement of capital. In other words, the three capital circuits seem to have one thing in common, namely `the self-expansion of value as the determining purpose, as the compelling motive' ( ibid.

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