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The State : Theories and Issues - Colin Hay

The State

Theories and Issues

By: Colin Hay (Editor), Michael Lister (Editor), David Marsh (Editor)

Paperback Published: 5th December 2005
ISBN: 9781403934260
Number Of Pages: 311

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Broad-ranging in its coverage and truly international in scope, this major new text introduces all the main competing theoretical approaches to the study of the state as well as key contested issues in relation to globalization, new forms of governance, the changing public/private boundary, changes in the powers and capacities of states, and the differences between advanced liberal democratic and other states. Chapters have been specially commissioned to a common format and are written by an international cast of leading authorities.

About the Editors

COLIN HAY is Professor of Political Sociology and Head of Department of Political Science and International Studies, University of Birmingham, UK.

MICHAEL LISTER is Senior Lecturer in Politics at Oxford Brookes University, UK.

DAVID MARSH is Professor of Political Sociology and Head of Department of Sociology, University of Birmingham, UK.

Industry Reviews

'[A] good example... of the vitality and range of contemporary thinking on the state. It is a welcome and valuable addition to the literature on state theory.' - Andrew Gamble, Public Administration

'...provide[s] a thorough introduction to contemporary theorizing about the state.' - Alexander D. Barder, Political Studies Review

List of Figures and Tablesp. xi
Preface and Acknowledgementsp. xiii
Notes on the Contributorsp. xv
Introduction: Theories of the Statep. 1
Defining the statep. 4
The concept of the statep. 9
Recent developments in state theoryp. 13
Beyond the state?p. 14
Structure of the bookp. 15
Further readingp. 20
Pluralismp. 21
The roots of pluralismp. 22
The rise of American pluralismp. 25
The reformulation of pluralismp. 28
Developments in British pluralismp. 29
Developments in contemporary pluralismp. 31
Conclusionp. 36
Acknowledgementsp. 37
Further readingp. 37
Elitismp. 39
Classical elitismp. 41
The classical elitists in perspectivep. 43
Modern elitist perspectives - from radical elitism to the statistsp. 44
The statists and the governing elitep. 47
The modern elitists in perspectivep. 49
Contemporary elitist approachesp. 50
In summaryp. 57
Further readingp. 58
(What's Marxist about) Marxist State Theory?p. 59
Marxism and the statep. 60
A genealogy of the state in Marxist theoryp. 65
Conclusionsp. 76
Further readingp. 78
Public Choicep. 79
Public choicep. 81
Public choice, market failure and state failurep. 83
Forms of state failurep. 86
The critique of public choicep. 92
Public choice without prejudicep. 94
Conclusionp. 96
Further readingp. 97
Institutionalismp. 98
From the 'old institutionalism' to the 'new institutionalism'p. 99
Rational choice institutionalismp. 102
Historical institutionalismp. 104
Sociological institutionalismp. 107
Discursive institutionalismp. 109
Conclusionp. 114
Further readingp. 117
Feminismp. 118
Feminist contributorsp. 119
Criticisms of feminist perspectives on the statep. 126
Current feminist debatesp. 131
Conclusionp. 134
Further readingp. 134
Green Theoryp. 135
Green critiques of the statep. 136
Disempowerment and democracyp. 142
A green anarchism?p. 143
Greening the state?p. 146
Conclusionsp. 152
Further readingp. 154
Poststructuralismp. 155
Locating poststructuralismp. 155
Laclau and Mouffe: the impossibility of the statep. 161
Destabilizing state sovereigntyp. 163
Foucault, power and governmentalityp. 166
Conclusionsp. 170
Further readingp. 171
Globalization and the Statep. 172
The globalization debatep. 172
Unpacking the relationship between economic processes, discourse(s) and policy outcomesp. 178
Conclusionp. 189
Further readingp. 189
The Transformation of the Statep. 190
Introductionp. 190
Economic transformation: the effects of globalizationp. 191
Political transformation: towards multi-level governancep. 194
The transformation of communityp. 196
The transformation of sovereigntyp. 199
The connection to theories: interpretations of state transformationp. 202
Changes in statehoodp. 204
Conclusion: new debates in the wake of state transformationp. 207
Further readingp. 208
Governance, Government and the Statep. 209
Understanding the so-called shift from government to governancep. 210
The resilience of institutionsp. 214
Governance, the state and political powerp. 220
Conclusionp. 221
Further readingp. 222
Public/Private: The Boundaries of the Statep. 223
The topography of the statep. 225
The state: complexity, accountability and depoliticizationp. 233
Shifting sands: the boundaries of the statep. 244
Further readingp. 247
Conclusionp. 248
Changing theories of the state: has there been a convergence?p. 248
The role of the state: challenges and responsesp. 254
What would a more sophisticated conceptualization of the state look like?p. 256
Future directionsp. 260
Bibliographyp. 262
Author Indexp. 296
Subject Indexp. 302
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ISBN: 9781403934260
ISBN-10: 1403934266
Series: Political Analysis (Palgrave Paperback)
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 311
Published: 5th December 2005
Publisher: Palgrave USA
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.6  x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.45
Edition Number: 1