States and Power
It will be essential reading for scholars and students across the social and political sciences.
- Paperback | 224 pages
- 148 x 206 x 22mm | 340.19g
- 05 Jan 2010
- Polity Press
- Oxford, United Kingdom
- 1. Auflage
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Richard Lachmann traces the contested and historicallycontingent struggles by which subjects began to see themselves ascitizens of nations and came to associate their interests andidentities with states. He explains why the civil rights andbenefits they achieved, and the taxes and military service they inturn rendered to their nations, varied so much. Looking forward, Lachmann examines the future in store for states: will they gain orlose strength as they are buffeted by globalization, terrorism, economic crisis, and environmental disaster?
This stimulating book offers a comprehensive evaluation of thesocial science literature that addresses these issues, and situatesthe state at the center of the world history of capitalism, nationalism, and democracy. It will be essential reading forscholars and students across the social and political sciences.
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"An excellent book ... all the more remarkable because in spite of its relative brevity it addresses its theme in a manner characterized among other things by its [chronological, geographical and theoretical] scope ... It is also characterized by an exacting methodological approach [and] contributes significantly to the reader's understanding of the matters he discusses."
Gianfranco Poggi, Sociologica
"In this highly readable and informative book, Richard Lachmann provides a wide-ranging survey over 500 years of state formation and transformation. He covers many epochs and five continents, addresses many theorists and numerous forms of state and regime, and explores multiple aspects of state capacities from war-making and taxation through public works and social benefits to changing forms of political legitimacy. Beginning with the distant origins of states, States and Power ends with informed speculation on the likely future of states and the state system. In short, this is an excellent introduction to a complex topic in historical sociology."
Bob Jessop, Lancaster University
"This book is concise, marvelously erudite and clearly written. Lachmann succeeds in presenting both the diverse theoretical constructs regarding state power and the analytically organized historical narratives which flesh out his own synthetic understanding of state power. To the best of my knowledge, Lachmann s achievement has no peer - States and Power has all the elements of an intellectual bestseller."
Georgi Derluguian, Northwestern University
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