Who was Nicos Poulantzas?
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Nicos Poulantzas (1936–1979) developed a nuanced Marxist analysis of social class in late capitalist systems. Building on Antonio Gramsci (1891–1937), he argued that elements of the ruling class have made strategic alliances with oppressed classes and successfully secured their ongoing consent, such as with the American New Deal instituted by President Franklin Roosevelt. Poulantzas’ major works include Political Power and Social Classes (1968), Classes in Contemporary Capitalism (1973), and State, Power, Socialism (1978).