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Theories of the Democratic State - John Dryzek

Theories of the Democratic State

Paperback Published: 14th May 2009
ISBN: 9780230542877
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, globalisation, 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.

About the Authors

John Dryzek is Professor of Political Science and Australian Research Council Federation Fellow in the Research School of Social Sciences, Australian National University.

Patrick Dunleavy is Professor of Political Science and Public Policy Chair at the London School of Economics and Politics Science, UK.

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

List of Figures and Tablesp. viii
Prefacep. x
The State and Liberal Democratic Politicsp. 1
Defining the statep. 1
Theories of state formationp. 8
The history of state formationp. 12
Liberal democracyp. 18
Conclusionp. 32
The Classical Theories
Pluralismp. 35
Origins and core assumptions: the roots of pluralismp. 35
Society and politicsp. 46
Government and policy makingp. 49
Crisis and change in pluralist thoughtp. 52
Elite Theoryp. 57
The origins of elite theoryp. 58
Society and politicsp. 65
Government and policy makingp. 72
Conclusionsp. 76
Marxismp. 79
Origins and core ideasp. 80
Society and politicsp. 88
Government and policy makingp. 92
Conclusionsp. 98
Market Liberalismp. 100
Origins and core ideasp. 101
Society and politicsp. 108
Government and policy-makingp. 113
Agendas and political changep. 119
Conclusionsp. 127
Pluralist Transformations
From Neo-pluralism to Governancep. 131
The development of pluralismp. 131
Society and politicsp. 135
Policy making: from government to governancep. 140
Agendas and political changep. 149
Conclusionp. 154
Competitive Electoral Politicsp. 155
Society and politics: voters, parties, systemsp. 156
Government and policy making: legislative politicsp. 173
Agendas and political changep. 180
Conclusionp. 183
Identity Politicsp. 184
Origins and core assumptionsp. 185
Society and politicsp. 188
Government and policy makingp. 191
Agendas and political changep. 198
Conclusionp. 202
Critiques of the State
Democratic Critique and Renewalp. 207
The democratic deficit in liberal democraciesp. 207
Participatory democracy and civic republicanismp. 211
Deliberative democracyp. 215
Conclusionp. 225
Feminist Theory of the Statep. 226
Origins and core assumptionsp. 226
Society and politicsp. 232
The feminist critique of government and policy makingp. 236
Agendas and political changep. 239
Conclusionp. 242
Environmental Theory of the Statep. 243
Origins and core assumptionsp. 243
Society, politics and ecosystemp. 250
The environmental critique of government and policy makingp. 256
Agendas and political changep. 261
Conclusionp. 267
The Conservative Reactionp. 269
Origins and assumptionsp. 269
Society and politicsp. 271
The conservative critique of government and policy makingp. 274
Agendas and political changep. 278
Neo-conservatismp. 282
Conclusionp. 286
Beyond the State
Post-modernismp. 289
Origins and core assumptionsp. 290
Society and politicsp. 294
Government and policy makingp. 296
Agendas and political changep. 301
Conclusionp. 306
Globalizationp. 307
Origins and assumptionsp. 307
(International) society and politicsp. 311
Government and policy makingp. 313
Agendas and political changep. 319
Globalization's consequences for theories of the democratic statep. 325
Conclusionp. 328
Current and future debates about the statep. 329
The fate of the classical theoriesp. 330
Persistent critiques and new agendasp. 333
Liberal democracy in questionp. 334
The return of empire?p. 336
New kinds of governancep. 337
Conclusionp. 338
Bibliographyp. 340
Indexp. 362
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ISBN: 9780230542877
ISBN-10: 0230542875
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 375
Published: 14th May 2009
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.3 x 15.6  x 2.3
Weight (kg): 0.57
Edition Number: 1

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