The Modern State: Theories and Ideologies

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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

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Editorial Reviews

Terrell Carver
This book enables students to examine the contemporary state, its history and development, through a very wide variety of theories and ideologies, ranging from liberalism to feminism to fundamentalism. It takes a genuinely global perspective and concludes with a useful discussion of the relationship between the state and a variety of globalization theories.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780748621750
  • Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
  • Publication date: 3/13/2008
  • Pages: 328
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Erika Cudworth is Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of East London Timothy Hall is Senior Lecturer in Politics at the University of East London John McGovern is Senior Lecturer in Politics at the University of East London

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Table of Contents

1 The emergence of the modern state 20
2 Liberalism : the pluralist state 37
3 The state and the power elite 63
4 Marxism : the state as a real illusion 91
5 The social democratic state 113
6 Anarchism : the politics of anti-statism 137
7 Fascism : overcoming the modern state 159
8 Conservatism : authority in the modern state 188
9 Feminisms : the gendering of the state 214
10 The 'new' right : the minimal state 240
11 Fundamentalism : the godly state 265
12 Futures : theorising the state in a 'global age' 289
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