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A Theory of the State : Economic Rights, Legal Rights, and the Scope of the State - Yoram Barzel

A Theory of the State

Economic Rights, Legal Rights, and the Scope of the State

Hardcover Published: 3rd December 2001
ISBN: 9780521806053
Number Of Pages: 308

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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 will install a ruler only after they create a mechanism to control him. Among the offshoots of the organized protection are legal system and decision-making procedures that include voting. The intitial 'state of nature' may gradually evolve into a rule-of-law state. The state endows individuals with rights by delineating what it will protect. Enforcement, however, is never perfect. People use third parties such as firms to enforce agreements. As commodities become standardized, scale economies increase. In order to exploit the economies of within-state enforcement, the state will expand the contact enforcement territory by treaty or by conquest. The force may explain the creation of rule-of-law empires.

The Emergence of Protection and Third-Party Enforcement
The state and the enforcement of agreements
Third-party enforcement and the state
The choice among enforcement forms
Anonymous exchange, mixed enforcement and vertical integration
Jurisdictional issues
Collective action and collective decisions
Tying the protectorâÇÖs hand: the agreement between subjects and protector
The Emergence of Legal Institutions
Legal rights
The state's enhancement of market trade
The size and scope of the state
The Character of the State
Merger and local autonomy
The distinction between âÇ legitimateâÇÖ and âÇ criminalâÇÖ states
Power, violent conflict and political evolution
The time path of change under dictatorships and under rule-of-law regimes
Recapitulation and an epilogue
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ISBN: 9780521806053
ISBN-10: 0521806054
Series: Political Economy of Institutions and Decisions
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 308
Published: 3rd December 2001
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 2.06
Weight (kg): 0.62