State, Democracy and Globalization

State, Democracy and Globalization

by Roger King, Gavin Kendall
     
 

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The state has long been the key institution of political life but in recent years it has become the focus of increasingly heated controversy. While some have announced its impending demise in an age of globalization and supranational governance, others have proclaimed its ultimate triumph -- at least in its dominant liberal democratic form -- in the post cold war

Overview

The state has long been the key institution of political life but in recent years it has become the focus of increasingly heated controversy. While some have announced its impending demise in an age of globalization and supranational governance, others have proclaimed its ultimate triumph -- at least in its dominant liberal democratic form -- in the post cold war world. Despite the extensive debate there have been surprisingly few attempts to provide an integrated account of the state in the contemporary world. Roger King and Gavin Kendall's new text is designed to fill the gap and provide an accessible but informed introduction to the modern state. The authors look at the historical origins of the modern state, its changing relationship with the economy and democracy, and the theories that seek to explain its development and character.

The authors pay particular attention to the challenges of democratization, globalization and the emergence of new forms of governance which, they argue, have led to a restructuring in the state's power and influence since the heyday of the interventionist state in the second half of the twentieth century. The book's up-to-date and accessible treatment of quite complex issues will appeal to both student and specialist alike.

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"...important and impressive...brings much-needed fresh perspective to a long-standing debate as to the nature of the state in various parts of the world."--James N. Rosenau, The George Washington University

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780333969113
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date:
03/04/2004
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
6.38(w) x 9.34(h) x 0.81(d)

Meet the Author

Roger King is a Visiting Research Fellow at the Association of Commonwealth Universities.

Gavin Kendall is an Associate Professor at Queensland University of Technology, Australia.

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