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The Modern State: Theories and Ideologies

The Modern State: Theories and Ideologies

by Timothy Hall, Tim Hall, John McGovern
     
 

ISBN-10: 074862175X

ISBN-13: 9780748621750

Pub. Date: 03/13/2008

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

Broad ranging in its coverage of the liberal democratic state and other, non-democratic state formations, this book offers chapters on each of the core theories of the modern state. Each chapter is structured in the same way to allow for ease of cross-referencing and for comparisons to be drawn between theories, with parts on Context, Definition, Theorists and

Overview

Broad ranging in its coverage of the liberal democratic state and other, non-democratic state formations, this book offers chapters on each of the core theories of the modern state. Each chapter is structured in the same way to allow for ease of cross-referencing and for comparisons to be drawn between theories, with parts on Context, Definition, Theorists and Practical Politics.

There are chapters on: Emergence of the Modern State, Liberalism, Elite Theories, Marxism, Socialism, Anarchism, Conservatism, Fascism, Feminisms, The New Right, Fundamentalism, Futures.

The authors work on the premise that theory is relevant to everyday life, helping us to understand current political transitions and institutional formations and practices. Taking a practical view of politics, each chapter illustrates how state theory has been deployed in recent historical contexts and policy initiatives, using examples to bring the theory to life.

About the Author:
Erika Cudworth is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology and Politics at the University of East London

About the Author:
Timothy Hall is a Senior Lecturer in Politics at the University of East London

About the Author:
John McGovern is a Senior Lecturer in Politics at the University of East London

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780748621750
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
Publication date:
03/13/2008
Pages:
328
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements     vi
Introduction     1
More than an abstraction? The idea of the modern state     2
Aims and approach: ideologies, theories and politics     5
The structure of the book     9
The chapters     10
The Emergence of the Modern State     20
Two concepts of sovereignty     20
The modern state as a law-state     24
Warfare and the making of the modern state     26
The modern state and representation     28
The modern state and democracy     29
The growth of state power: the end of the law-state?     33
Liberalism: the Pluralist State     37
Context     41
Definition     44
Theorists     50
Practical politics     57
The State and the Power Elite     63
Context     64
Definition     70
Theorists     75
Practical politics     82
Marxism: the State as a Real Illusion     91
Context     92
Definition     95
Theorists     99
Practical politics     108
The Social Democratic State     113
Context     115
Definition     119
Theorists     121
Practical politics     130
Anarchism: the Politics of Anti-Statism     137
Context     139
Definition     142
Theorists     143
Practical politics     150
Fascism: Overcoming the Modern State     159
Context     160
Definition     163
Theorists     167
Practical politics     179
Conservatism: Authority in the Modern State     188
Context     188
Definition     190
Theorists     194
Practical politics     202
Feminisms: the Gendering of the State     214
Context     215
Definition     220
Theorists     222
Practical politics     229
The 'New' Right: the Minimal State     240
Context     242
Definition     246
Theorists     248
Practical politics     255
Fundamentalism: the Godly State     265
Context     265
Definition     270
Theorists      272
Practical politics     277
Futures: Theorising the State in a 'Global Age'     289
Context     291
Definition     293
Theories     295
Practical politics     303
The nation-state in the twenty-first century     308
Index     315

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