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Beyond Model-Building

Achin Vanaik Analytical Marxism by T Mayer; Sage Publications, New Delhi, 1994; pp 371; hardback $ 48. THIS is primarily an expository work by an admitted fan of what has been loosely called Analytical Marxism. About the only thing that is common to this school understood in the broadest sense of the term is a certain style of argument emphasising clarity and logical rigour. Otherwise not all who Mayer characterises as belonging to this camp would themsel ves accept this label, e g, Robert Brenner, Michio Morishima or (were he alive) Piero Sraffa. On the other side ttere is Jon Elster who is so critical and hostile to virtually every substantive proposition within the Marxist tradition that only his own idiosyncratic commitment to the label makes him a Marxist at all.

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