Who is Nicos Poulantzas?

Who is Nicos Poulantzas?

June 26, 2021 Off By Felso

Nicos Poulantzas (Greek: Νίκος Πουλαντζάς) (1936-1979) Marxist political sociologist.

He was born on September 21, 1936 in Athens. In 1953 he entered the Faculty of Law at the University of Athens. While at university, he was involved in political activities in the youth wing of the Communist Party of Greece (KKE) and the United Democratic Left (EDA), a legal party. He married Annie Leclerc in 1966.

In the 1970s, Poulantzas, along with Althusser, was known as a prominent Structuralist Marxist, at first a Leninist, later a proponent of Eurocommunism. He is best known for his theoretical work on the state. But he also offered Marxist contributions to the resolution of fascism, to social classes in the contemporary world, and to the collapse of dictatorships (e.g., Franco’s Spain, Salazar’s Portugal, and Papadopoulos’ Greece) in southern Europe in the 1970s.

He died by suicide on October 3, 1979.