Dissertation Abstracts

State, Law, and Value Form: Research on the Limits of Legal Regulation on Contemporary Capitalism

Author: Nascimento, Joelton , joeltonnascimento@hotmail.com
Department: Sociology
University: Universidade Estadual de Campinas, Brazil
Supervisor: Gilda Gouvea
Year of completion: 2013
Language of dissertation: Portuguese

Keywords: theory of value , Law - sociology , Law - Philosophy , Marxism
Areas of Research: Law , Economy and Society , Social Movements, Collective Action and Social Change


The current crisis of capitalism—triggered in 2007—brought the issue of the relationship between state regulation, law, and capitalism to the center of political debate. This context calls for a reexamination of the manifold relations between law and capitalism. Using a Marxian critique of political economy driven by an analysis of value-form, this thesis seeks to propose a radicalized version of the Marxist critique of law. Specifically, law is conceived of as a regulator inextricably tied to the fate of commodities and the socialization of production.

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