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The State

Paperback By Bob Jessop
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Debates about the role and nature of the state are at the heart of modern politics. However, the state itself remains notoriously difficult to define, and the term is subject to a range of different interpretations. In this book, distinguished state theorist Bob Jessop provides a critical introduction to the state as both a concept and a reality. He lucidly guides readers through all the major accounts of the state, and examines competing efforts to relate the state to other features of social organization. Essential themes in the analysis of the state are explored in full, including state formation, periodization, the re-scaling of the state and the state's future. Throughout, Jessop clearly defines key terms, from hegemony and coercion to government and governance. He also analyses what we mean when we speak about 'normal'and 'exceptional' states, and states that are 'failed' or 'rogue'.

Combining an accessible style with expert sensitivity to the complexities of the state, this short introduction will be core reading for students and scholars of politics and sociology, as well as anyone interested in the changing role of the state in contemporary societies.

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Format: Paperback, 248 pages Language: English
Dimension: 22.61cm x 14.99cm x 2.29cm ISBN10: 0745633056
Weight: 522g ISBN13: 9780745633053
Publication Date: 13 Nov 2015 Publisher: Polity Press

About Author

Bob Jessop is Professor of Sociology at Lancaster University

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A crowning achievement - Bob Jessop at his accessible best.

  An extraordinarily rich and important work in which the author combines his characteristic precision, range and analytical flair with that, oh so important, final ingredient - sheer accessibilty.

  A genuine tour do force and surely the point of departure for all subsequent scholarship on the state.

Colin Hay, Sciences Po, Paris "It is hard to think that anyone knows more about state theory than than Bob Jessop, and here he applies this encyclopaedic knowledge with great forensic skill." Political Studies Review


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