Structuring the State: The Formation of Italy and Germany and the Puzzle of Federalism

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Overview

Germany's and Italy's belated national unifications continue to loom large in contemporary debates. Often regarded as Europe's paradigmatic instances of failed modernization, the countries form the basis of many of our most prized theories of social science. Structuring the State undertakes one of the first systematic comparisons of the two cases, putting the origins of these nation-states and the nature of European political development in new light. Daniel Ziblatt offers a broader theory of federalism's origins, one that will interest scholars and students of comparative politics, state-building, international relations, and European political history.

About the Author:
Daniel Ziblatt is associate professor of government and social studies and faculty associate at the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University

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Editorial Reviews

Foreign Affairs
Ziblatt brilliantly addresses . . . [an] institutional puzzle: Why, when Italy and Germany became nation-states, did Italy become a unitary state and Germany a federal one? Ziblatt is a careful and methodical researcher who applies to the study of historical processes a vast array of qualitative and sensible quantitative methods. . . . [A] bold and original analysis.
— Stanley Hoffmann
German Studies Review
Well-researched and written, [Structuring the State] provides a highly compelling alternative to the conventional wisdom on federalism.
— Louise K. Davidson-Schmich
American Journal of Sociology
Ziblatt has put the question of the origins of federalism on the table, suggested a provocative answer to it, creatively applied the theory of infrastructural power, and pointed the way toward many new issues to explore. This is a piece of scholarship that is sure to become the touchstone for future research on the origins of federalism, and, if we are lucky, many other scholars will follow Ziblatt's lead in investigating the relationship between infrastructural and despotic power.
— Monica Prasad
Congrips Newsletter
There are several reasons to read this book. The first one is the originality of the subject. . . . The second reason to read this book is the theoretical implications of the cases under analysis. . . . The third reason is the fact that this research can be fruitfully replicated. . . . In any case, this book and the methodology used by the author will certainly constitute an extremely useful contribution.
— Marco Brunazzo
Choice
A well-researched study of comparative political development from an institutional perspective. . . . The book contains useful notes and appendixes, and could be useful in history or political science courses.
Foreign Affairs - Stanley Hoffmann
Ziblatt brilliantly addresses . . . [an] institutional puzzle: Why, when Italy and Germany became nation-states, did Italy become a unitary state and Germany a federal one? Ziblatt is a careful and methodical researcher who applies to the study of historical processes a vast array of qualitative and sensible quantitative methods. . . . [A] bold and original analysis.
German Studies Review - Louise K. Davidson-Schmich
Well-researched and written, [Structuring the State] provides a highly compelling alternative to the conventional wisdom on federalism.
American Journal of Sociology - Monica Prasad
Ziblatt has put the question of the origins of federalism on the table, suggested a provocative answer to it, creatively applied the theory of infrastructural power, and pointed the way toward many new issues to explore. This is a piece of scholarship that is sure to become the touchstone for future research on the origins of federalism, and, if we are lucky, many other scholars will follow Ziblatt's lead in investigating the relationship between infrastructural and despotic power.
Congrips Newsletter - Marco Brunazzo
There are several reasons to read this book. The first one is the originality of the subject. . . . The second reason to read this book is the theoretical implications of the cases under analysis. . . . The third reason is the fact that this research can be fruitfully replicated. . . . In any case, this book and the methodology used by the author will certainly constitute an extremely useful contribution.
From the Publisher

Co-Winner of the 2007 Best Book Award, European Politics and Society Section of the American Political Science Association

Winner of the 2004 Gabriel Almond Award for Best Dissertation in Comparative Politics, American Political Science Association

Winner of the 2003 Ernst B. Haas Prize for Best Dissertation in European Politics, American Political Science Association

"Ziblatt brilliantly addresses . . . [an] institutional puzzle: Why, when Italy and Germany became nation-states, did Italy become a unitary state and Germany a federal one? Ziblatt is a careful and methodical researcher who applies to the study of historical processes a vast array of qualitative and sensible quantitative methods. . . . [A] bold and original analysis."--Stanley Hoffmann, Foreign Affairs

"A well-researched study of comparative political development from an institutional perspective. . . . The book contains useful notes and appendixes, and could be useful in history or political science courses."--Choice

"Well-researched and written, [Structuring the State] provides a highly compelling alternative to the conventional wisdom on federalism."--Louise K. Davidson-Schmich, German Studies Review

"Ziblatt has put the question of the origins of federalism on the table, suggested a provocative answer to it, creatively applied the theory of infrastructural power, and pointed the way toward many new issues to explore. This is a piece of scholarship that is sure to become the touchstone for future research on the origins of federalism, and, if we are lucky, many other scholars will follow Ziblatt's lead in investigating the relationship between infrastructural and despotic power."--Monica Prasad, American Journal of Sociology

"There are several reasons to read this book. The first one is the originality of the subject. . . . The second reason to read this book is the theoretical implications of the cases under analysis. . . . The third reason is the fact that this research can be fruitfully replicated. . . . In any case, this book and the methodology used by the author will certainly constitute an extremely useful contribution."--Marco Brunazzo, Congrips Newsletter

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691136493
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 1/21/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 1,448,833
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author


Daniel Ziblatt is associate professor of government and social studies at Harvard University, where he is also faculty associate at the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies.
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Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables     ix
Preface     xi
Introduction: How Nation-States Are Made     1
The National Critical Juncture: An Overview of the Dynamics of Regionalism and National Unification     18
The National Moment in Germany: The Dynamics of Regionalism and National Unification, 1834-1871     32
The National Moment in Italy: The Dynamics of Regionalism and National Unification, 1815-1860     57
From Strong Regional Loyalties to a Unitary System: National Unification by Conquest and the Case of Italy     79
From Strong Regional Loyalties to a Federal System: National Unification by Negotiation and the Case of Germany     109
Conclusion: The Politics of Federalism and Institution Building in the Nineteenth Century and Beyond     141
Prenational German and Italian States, 1850s-1860s     153
Origins of Federalism Data on Seventeen Largest West European Nation-States     161
Notes     167
References     201
Index     217
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