A Theory of the State: Economic Rights, Legal Rights, and the Scope of the State / Edition 1

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This book models the emergence of the state and the forces that shape it. State creation is bound to protection needs. A specialized protector-ruler is efficient, but is also self-seeking. Individuals are expected to install rulers only after they have created mechanisms to control them. Among the offshoots of the organized protection are a legal system and decision-making procedures that include voting. The initial "state of nature," then, may gradually evolve into a rule-of-law state.
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Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1
1 The Emergence of Protection and Third-Party Enforcement
2 The State and the Enforcement of Agreements 13
3 Third-Party Enforcement and the State 34
4 The Choice among Enforcement Forms 59
5 Anonymous Exchange, Mixed Enforcement, and Vertical Integration 79
6 Jurisdictional Issues 103
7 Collective Action and Collective Decisions 113
8 Tying the Protector's Hands: The Agreement between Subjects and Protector 138
2 The Emergence of Legal Institutions
9 Legal Rights 157
10 The State's Enhancement of Market Trade 185
11 The Size and Scope of the State 198
3 The Character of the State
11 Merger and Local Autonomy 217
13 The Distinction between "Legitimate" and "Criminal" States 228
14 Power, Violent Conflict, and Political Evolution 238
15 The Time Path of Change under Dictatorships and under Rule-of-Law Regimes 250
16 Recapitulation and an Epilogue 267
References 277
Index 282
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