The Changing Architecture of Politics: Structure, Agency and the Future of the State

The Changing Architecture of Politics: Structure, Agency and the Future of the State

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by Philip G. Cerny
     
 

This original analysis of structuration, agency and the state offers an incisive explanation of the changing nature of the state.

Cerny argues that the state is not being transcended; the architecture of politics is not moving beyond the nation-state despite the emergence of transnational structures. He points to the movement of many states towards the model of

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This original analysis of structuration, agency and the state offers an incisive explanation of the changing nature of the state.

Cerny argues that the state is not being transcended; the architecture of politics is not moving beyond the nation-state despite the emergence of transnational structures. He points to the movement of many states towards the model of the 'competition state', and away from the model of 'welfare state', as the major contemporary change in the role of the state. He asserts that new forms of political action will have to evolve if the state itself is to be controlled and used for the pursuit of deeper human values in the 21st century.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803982550
Publisher:
SAGE Publications
Publication date:
04/01/1990
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
5.51(w) x 8.66(h) x (d)

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Table of Contents

Preface and Introduction
PART ONE: THE PRINCIPLES OF POLITICAL STRUCTURATION: STRUCTURE, AGENCY, AND THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE MODERN STATE
Political Structuration and Political Science
The Elements of Political Structure
Patterns of Agency
Markets, Hierarchies and Political Allocation
The Modern State at the Crossroads
Structuring the Field of Political Action
PART TWO: CHANGING PATTERNS OF POLITICAL STRUCTURATION AND THE FUTURE OF THE STATE
The Limits of Political Power
Personal Leadership and Party Systems
The State and Interest Intermediation
Patterns of Collaborative Behaviour
The Paradox of Civil Society
De-differentiation and Re-differentiation in the Contemporary State
Transnational Structures and the State Responses
From the Welfare State to the Competition State
Epilogue
Political Structuration and Political Ideas in the 21st Century

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