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Theories of the Democratic State - John Dryzek

Theories of the Democratic State

Hardcover Published: 1st May 2009
ISBN: 9780230542860
Number Of Pages: 375

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We live in a world governed by states whose enduring importance and domination of contemporary politics has been strikingly underlined by their renewed activism in the face of a global economic crisis.

Yet the very nature of states remains deeply contested, with a range of competing theories offering very different views of how they actually do or should operate. In the past this competition has lead to deep ideological conflict - and even to war. In this major new work, John S. Dryzek and Patrick Dunleavy provide a broad-ranging assessment of classical and contemporary theories of the state, focusing primarily on the democratic state form that has come to dominate modern politics.

The authors' starting point is the classical theories of the state: pluralism, elite theory, Marxism and market liberalism. They then turn to the contemporary forms of pluralism prevalent in political science, systematically exploring how they address central issues, such as networked governance, globalization, and changing patterns of electoral and identity politics. They proceed to analyse a range of key contemporary critiques of modern states and democracy that have emerged from feminism, environmentalism, neo-conservatism and post-modernism. Each approach is carefully introduced and analysed as far as possible in relation to a common set of issues and headings.

Theories of the Democratic State takes the reader straight to the heart of contemporary issues and debates and, in the process, provides a challenging and distinctive introduction to and reassessment of contemporary political science.

Industry Reviews

"At a time when many are rethinking the relationship between state and market, this is a very useful survey setting the issues in historical and theoretical perspective. Like its predecessor, Dunleavy and O'Leary's Theories of the State, it will be very effective for course use." - Peter A. Hall, Harvard University "[A] good introductory book which can be warmly recommended to its intended audience" - Edwin Van de Haar, Political Studies

Introduction: The State and Liberal Democratic Politics
Classical Views
Elite Theory
Market Liberalism
Pluralist Transformations
From Neo-Pluralism to Governance
Competitive Electoral Politics
Identity Politics
Critiques of the State
Democratic Critique and Renewal
Feminist Theory of the State
Environmental Theory of the State
The Conservative Reaction
Beyond the State
Current and Future Debates About the State
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ISBN: 9780230542860
ISBN-10: 0230542867
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 375
Published: 1st May 2009
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.8 x 16.2  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.69
Edition Number: 1

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