ment will be suggested. First, however, having established that neither orthodox nor structuralist Marxism has adequately theorized Marx's method of historical materialism, it is necessary to turn to the sources and course of development of his work in order to clarify the intellectual basis for his thought, and the explanation for the contradictions that he failed to discern.
Also important is the debate engaged in by Ralph Miliband, Nicos Poulantzas, and Ernesto Laclau: Ernesto Laclau, "'The Specificity of the Political'", Economy and Society, 1 ( 1975), reprinted in Laclau, Politics and Ideology in Marxist Theory, London 1977, pp. 51-79; Ralph Miliband, "'Reply to Nicos Poulantzas'", New Left Review, 59 ( 1970), reprinted in Blackburn, Ideology in Social Service, pp. 253-62, "'Poulantzas and the Capitalist State'", New Left Review, 82 ( 1973); Nicos Poulantzas, "'The Problem of the Capitalist State'", New Left Review, 58 ( 1969), in Blackburn, pp. 238-53, "'The Capitalist State: A Reply to Miliband and Laclau'", New Left Review, 95, 1976.