State Theories and Issues

ISBN-10: 1403934266

ISBN-13: 9781403934260

Edition: 2005

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Broad-ranging in its coverage and truly international in scope, this text introduces all the main competing theoretical approaches to the study of the state as well as key contested issues in relation to globalisation, new forms of governance, and the changing public/private boundary.
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List price: $46.00
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date: 11/19/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 9.25" wide x 6.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

List of Figures and Tables
Preface and Acknowledgements
Notes on the Contributors
Introduction: Theories of the State
Defining the state
The concept of the state
Recent developments in state theory
Beyond the state?
Structure of the book
Further reading
Pluralism
The roots of pluralism
The rise of American pluralism
The reformulation of pluralism
Developments in British pluralism
Developments in contemporary pluralism
Conclusion
Acknowledgements
Further reading
Elitism
Classical elitism
The classical elitists in perspective
Modern elitist perspectives - from radical elitism to the statists
The statists and the governing elite
The modern elitists in perspective
Contemporary elitist approaches
In summary
Further reading
(What's Marxist about) Marxist State Theory?
Marxism and the state
A genealogy of the state in Marxist theory
Conclusions
Further reading
Public Choice
Public choice
Public choice, market failure and state failure
Forms of state failure
The critique of public choice
Public choice without prejudice
Conclusion
Further reading
Institutionalism
From the 'old institutionalism' to the 'new institutionalism'
Rational choice institutionalism
Historical institutionalism
Sociological institutionalism
Discursive institutionalism
Conclusion
Further reading
Feminism
Feminist contributors
Criticisms of feminist perspectives on the state
Current feminist debates
Conclusion
Further reading
Green Theory
Green critiques of the state
Disempowerment and democracy
A green anarchism?
Greening the state?
Conclusions
Further reading
Poststructuralism
Locating poststructuralism
Laclau and Mouffe: the impossibility of the state
Destabilizing state sovereignty
Foucault, power and governmentality
Conclusions
Further reading
Globalization and the State
The globalization debate
Unpacking the relationship between economic processes, discourse(s) and policy outcomes
Conclusion
Further reading
The Transformation of the State
Introduction
Economic transformation: the effects of globalization
Political transformation: towards multi-level governance
The transformation of community
The transformation of sovereignty
The connection to theories: interpretations of state transformation
Changes in statehood
Conclusion: new debates in the wake of state transformation
Further reading
Governance, Government and the State
Understanding the so-called shift from government to governance
The resilience of institutions
Governance, the state and political power
Conclusion
Further reading
Public/Private: The Boundaries of the State
The topography of the state
The state: complexity, accountability and depoliticization
Shifting sands: the boundaries of the state
Further reading
Conclusion
Changing theories of the state: has there been a convergence?
The role of the state: challenges and responses
What would a more sophisticated conceptualization of the state look like?
Future directions
Bibliography
Author Index
Subject Index
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