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These lectures at the Marx Memorial Library celebrate the contributions of sociologist and political thinker Ralph Miliband to Marxist thought and politics.


The Heritage of Ralph Miliband

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Tuesday 17 June – Labour and the New Left: Parliamentary Socialism

Tuesday 24 June – Marxism and Politics: The State in Capitalist Society


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Ralph Miliband


Friday 25th November 2011

This conference marks the 50th anniversary of Ralph Miliband’s Parliamentary Socialism – a critique of the Labour Party that shaped a generation of scholars and activists. The book argues that Labour’s belief in the centrality of parliamentary politics often undermined the very movements that were needed to bring about real change. With protest on the rise, and Labour seeking a new way forward, the conference aims to reassess Miliband’s arguments and their contemporary relevance.

Conference Programme

Venue: Morishima Conference Room, 5th floor, Lionel Robbins Building, LSE

1.00pm onwards: Arrival

1.30-2.30pm: The Argument and Its Impact

Speaker: Tariq Ali (author and activist)
Chair: Robin Archer (LSE, Sociology)

2.30-2.45pm: Coffee and Biscuits

2.45-4.00pm: Parliamentary and Extra-parliamentary Politics

Speaker: Hilary Wainwright (Editor, Red Pepper)
Discussant: Martin McIvor (Editor, Renewal)

4.00-4.15pm: Coffee and Biscuits

4.15-5.30pm: Labour and Capitalism

Speaker: Robin Blackburn (Verso and Essex, Sociology)
Discussant: Bob Hancke (LSE, European Institute)

Public Event

Venue: Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House, LSE
6.30-8.00pm: Whatever Happened to Parliamentary Socialism? Taking Ralph Miliband Seriously 

Speaker: Leo Panitch
Chair: Robin Archer

Professor Panitch is a Canada Distinguished Research Professor in Comparative Political Economy, editor of the Socialist Register, and the author of numerous books and articles including The End of Parliamentary Socialism and In and Out of Crisis. He wrote his PhD at the LSE under the supervision of Ralph Miliband.


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Ralph Miliband


Lessons of Rwanda and Darfur: Some Questions for Human Rights Activists

Special Ralph Miliband Public Lecture

Date: Monday 10 May 2010
Time: 6.30-8pm
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building, London School of Economics

Speaker: Professor Mahmood Mamdani
Chair: Professor Mary Kaldor

Mahmood Mamdani is the Herbert Lehman Professor of Government and Professor of Anthropology at Columbia University. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1974 and specializes in the study of African history and politics. His works explore the intersection between politics and culture, a comparative study of colonialism since 1452, the history of civil war and genocide in Africa, the Cold War and the War on Terror, and the history and theory of human rights. Prior to joining the Columbia faculty, Mamdani was a professor at the University of Dar-es-Salaam in Tanzania (1973-79), Makerere University in Uganda (1980-1993), and the University of Cape Town (1996-1999). He has received numerous awards and recognitions, including being listed as one of the “Top 20 Public Intellectuals” by Foreign Policy (US) and Prospect (UK) magazine in 2008. From 1998 to 2002 he served as President of CODESRIA (Council for the Development of Social Research in Africa). His essays have appeared in the New Left Review and the London Review of Books, among other journals.

He is the author of Saviors and Survivors: Darfur, Politics, and the War on Terror (Pantheon, 2009), Scholars in the Marketplace: The Dilemmas of Neo-Liberal Reform at Makerere University, 1989-2005, (CODESRIA, Dakar, 2007), Good Muslim, Bad Muslim: America, the Cold War and the Origins of Terror (Pantheon, 2004), When Victims Become Killers: Colonialism, Nativism and Genocide in Rwanda (Princeton, 2001) and Citizen and Subject: Contemporary Africa and the Legacy of Late Colonialism (Princeton, 1996) and ten other books.

He teaches courses on: major debates in the study of Africa; the modern state and the colonial subject; the Cold War and the Third World; the theory, history, and practice of human rights; and civil wars and the state in Africa.

This event is free and open to all with no ticket required. Entry is on a first come, first served basis. For more information, email or call 020 7955 6043.

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The State in Capitalist Society – 40 Years On



Call for Papers



PSA State Theory Specialist Group & Marxism Specialist Group



One Day Conference


The State in Capitalist Society – 40 Years On



Friday 22 May, 2009



School of Social Sciences, Leeds Metropolitan University,


Ralph Miliband’s The State in Capitalist Society was first published in 1969 and widely acclaimed as a major contribution to the revival of both state theory and Marxist political thought. The book still stands as a key work in the development of social and political theory in the second half of the twentieth century.



This one-day conference aims to revisit the arguments that Miliband laid out in the book and evaluate their continuing relevance in the apparently very different conditions of the twenty-first century. After all, people still do ‘live in the shadow of the state’ and states still operate in capitalist societies.



Proposals for papers that address any of the themes and arguments in The State in Capitalist Society, and its lacunae, from any perspective are welcome. For example:



  • ‘The State’ and ‘Capitalist Society’, then and now
  • Miliband’s contribution to the Marxist tradition
  • The Milibandian perspective, pluralism and the business dominance model
  • Connections between business elites and state elites
  • The conversion of economic power into political influence
  • How does the process of legitimation work today?
  • Whatever happened to pressure from below?
  • The state in global capitalist society
  • What does Miliband still have to offer the state debate?



Please send a title and abstract (approx. 200 words) by January 9, to

Paul Wetherly –



Papers will be required by May 1



Venue: Leeds Metropolitan University, School of Social Sciences, Old School Board, Calverley St, Leeds LS1 3HE



The Old School Board is in Leeds city centre, approximately 15 minutes walk from the railway station.




Conference organisers: Paul Wetherly, Peter Burnham (, Mark Cowling (



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