The State

The State : Past, Present, Future

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Debates about the role and nature of the state are at the heart of modern politics. However, the state itself remains notoriously difficult to define, and the term is subject to a range of different interpretations. In this book, distinguished state theorist Bob Jessop provides a critical introduction to the state as both a concept and a reality. He lucidly guides readers through all the major accounts of the state, and examines competing efforts to relate the state to other features of social organization. Essential themes in the analysis of the state are explored in full, including state formation, periodization, the re-scaling of the state and the state's future. Throughout, Jessop clearly defines key terms, from hegemony and coercion to government and governance. He also analyses what we mean when we speak about 'normal'and 'exceptional' states, and states that are 'failed' or 'rogue'.Combining an accessible style with expert sensitivity to the complexities of the state, this short introduction will be core reading for students and scholars of politics and sociology, as well as anyone interested in the changing role of the state in contemporary more

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  • Electronic book text | 248 pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
  • Polity Press
  • United Kingdom
  • 0745678602
  • 9780745678603

Table of contents

Preface viii Tables x Abbreviations xi 1 Introduction 1 Part I The State as Concept, Relation, and Reality 13 2 The Concept of the State 15 3 The State as a Social Relation 53 4 Power, Interests, Domination, State Effects 91 Part II On Territory, Apparatus, and Population 121 5 The State and Space-Time 123 6 State and Nation 148 7 Government + Governance in the Shadow of Hierarchy 164 Part III Past and Present (Futures) of the State 187 8 The World Market and the World of States 189 9 Liberal Democracy, Exceptional States, and the New Normal 211 10 The Future of States and Statehood 238 Notes 250 References 257 Index of Names 290 Subject Index 292show more

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A crowning achievement - Bob Jessop at his accessible best. An extraordinarily rich and important work in which the author combines his characteristic precision, range and analytical flair with that, oh so important, final ingredient - sheer accessibilty. A genuine tour do force and surely the point of departure for all subsequent scholarship on the state.Colin Hay, Sciences Po, Paris "It is hard to think that anyone knows more about state theory than than Bob Jessop, and here he applies this encyclopaedic knowledge with great forensic skill." Political Studies Reviewshow more

About Bob Jessop

Bob Jessop is Professor of Sociology at Lancaster Universityshow more

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