Modern State
Resistance, Representation, and Community
Resistance, Representation, and Community
Hardcover      ISBN: 0198205481

In Resistance, Representation, and Community, Peter Blickle gathers a wealth of scholarly expertise for a Pan-European perspective on the social history of state-formation. Tracing the origins of the modern state to medieval political structures, the contributors explore the influence of the people and their communal organizations--ranging from rural parish meeting to powerful city council-- on the continuing development of an evolving Europe.

The Riddle of the Modern World: Of Liberty, Wealth and Equality
The Riddle of the Modern World
Of Liberty, Wealth and Equality
Paperback      ISBN: 0333984501

What conditions the chances of liberty, wealth and equality at the start of the third Christian millennium? Why did human civilizations develop so slowly for thousands of years, and then transform themselves during the last three hundred? This study of four great thinkers who lived between 1689 and 1995, Montesquieu, Adam Smith, De Tocqueville, and Ernest Gellner, weaves their lives and works together and through their own words shows how they approached the question of the nature of man, his past and his future.

The Riddle of the Modern World: Of Liberty, Wealth and Equality
The Riddle of the Modern World
Of Liberty, Wealth and Equality
by Na, Na
Hardcover      ISBN: 0312232047

What conditions the chances of liberty, wealth, and equality at the start of the third Christian millennium? Why did human civilizations develop so slowly for thousands of years, and then transform themselves during the last three hundred? This study of four great thinkers who lived between 1689 and 1995 - Montesquieu, Adam Smith, De Tocqueville, and Ernest Gellner - weaves their lives and works together and through their own words shows how they approached the question of the nature of humanity, our past and our future.

Simulating Sovereignty: Intervention, the State and Symbolic Exchange
Simulating Sovereignty
Intervention, the State and Symbolic Exchange
Hardcover      ISBN: 0521455235

In Simulating Sovereignty Cynthia Weber presents a critical analysis of the concept of sovereignty. Examining the justifications for intervention offered by the Concert of Europe, President Wilson's administration, and the Reagan-Bush administrations, the author combines critical international relations theory and foreign policy analysis to offer an original and important contribution to the understanding of sovereignty, the state and intervention in international relations theory.

Small Is Democratic: An Examination of State Size and Democratic Development
Small Is Democratic
An Examination of State Size and Democratic Development
Hardcover      ISBN: 0815339100

First published in 2001. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

State Building and Late Development: Essays in Honor of Norman Kretzmann
State Building and Late Development
Essays in Honor of Norman Kretzmann
Paperback      ISBN: 0801485754

Why does state building sometimes promote economic growth and in other cases impede it? Through an analysis of political and economic development in four countries--Turkey, Syria, Korea, and Taiwan--this book explores the origins of political-economic institutions and the mechanisms connecting them to economic outcomes. David Waldner extends our understanding of the political underpinnings of economic development by examining the origins of political coalitions on which states and their institutions depend. He first provides a political model of institutional change to analyze how elites build either cross-class or narrow coalitions, and he examines how these arrangements shape specific institutions: state-society relations, the nature of bureaucracy, fiscal structures, and patterns of economic intervention. He then links these institutions to economic outcomes through a bargaining model to explain why countries such as Korea and Taiwan have more effectively overcome the collective dilemmas that plague economic development than have others such as Turkey and Syria. The latter countries, he shows, lack institutional solutions to the problems that surround productivity growth.

The first book to compare political and economic development in these two regions, State Building and Late Development draws on, and contributes to, arguments from political sociology and political economy. Based on a rigorous research design, the work offers both a finely drawn comparison of development and a compellingly argued analysis of the character and consequences of precocious Keynesianism, the implementation of Keynesian demand-stimulus policies in largely pre-industrial economies.

State Building and Late Development: Essays in Honor of Norman Kretzmann
State Building and Late Development
Essays in Honor of Norman Kretzmann
Hardcover      ISBN: 0801435544

Why does state building sometimes promote economic growth and in other cases impede it? Through an analysis of political and economic development in four countries--Turkey, Syria, Korea, and Taiwan--this book explores the origins of political-economic institutions and the mechanisms connecting them to economic outcomes. David Waldner extends our understanding of the political underpinnings of economic development by examining the origins of political coalitions on which states and their institutions depend. He first provides a political model of institutional change to analyze how elites build either cross-class or narrow coalitions, and he examines how these arrangements shape specific institutions: state-society relations, the nature of bureaucracy, fiscal structures, and patterns of economic intervention. He then links these institutions to economic outcomes through a bargaining model to explain why countries such as Korea and Taiwan have more effectively overcome the collective dilemmas that plague economic development than have others such as Turkey and Syria. The latter countries, he shows, lack institutional solutions to the problems that surround productivity growth.

The first book to compare political and economic development in these two regions, State Building and Late Development draws on, and contributes to, arguments from political sociology and political economy. Based on a rigorous research design, the work offers both a finely drawn comparison of development and a compellingly argued analysis of the character and consequences of precocious Keynesianism, the implementation of Keynesian demand-stimulus policies in largely pre-industrial economies.

State/Culture
State/Culture
Hardcover      ISBN: 0801436737

What impact does culture have on state-formation and public policy? How do states affect national and local cultures? How is the ongoing cultural turn in theory reshaping our understanding of the Western and modernizing states, long viewed as the radiant core of a universal, context-free rationality? This eagerly awaited volume brings together pioneering scholars who reexamine the sociology of the state and historical processes of state-formation in light of developments in cultural analysis.

The volume first examines some of the unsatisfying ways in which cultural processes have been discussed in social science literature on the state. It demonstrates new and sophisticated approaches to understanding both the role culture plays in the formation of states and the state's influence on broad cultural developments. The book includes theoretical essays and empirical studies; the latter essays are concerned with early modern European nations, non-European countries undergoing political modernization, and twentieth-century Western nation-states. A wide range of perspectives are presented in order to delineate this emergent area of research. Together the essays constitute an agenda-setting work for the social sciences.

States and Social Evolution: Coffee and the Rise of National Governments in Central America
States and Social Evolution
Coffee and the Rise of National Governments in Central America
Paperback      ISBN: 0807844632

The national governments of Central America were constructed between 1840 and 1900, a time when coffee was transformed from a botanical curiosity to the region's most important export. In spite of their geographic proximity, the national governments that emerged were strikingly different, from Costa Rica's participatory democracy to Guatemala's military despotism. Robert Williams explores Central America's political diversity by following the story of coffee through the nation-building period. With a sensitivity to cultures and institutions before the advent of widespread coffee cultivation, he reveals the various ways that land, labor, and capital were harnessed as coffee advanced from one locale to the next, provoking cultural clashes and sometimes violent reactions as it altered landscapes, people's lives, and even governments. Through careful scrutiny of a tiny region and a single crop in a restless age, States and Social Evolution develops a theory of state formation relevant to other places and times as well.

Subjects and Sovereigns: The Grand Controversy Over Legal Sovereignty in Stuart England
Subjects and Sovereigns
The Grand Controversy Over Legal Sovereignty in Stuart England
Paperback      ISBN: 0521892864

Concerned in a general way with theories of legitimacy, this book describes a transformation in English political thought between the opening of the civil war in 1642 and the Bill of Rights in 1689. When it was complete, the political nation as a whole had accepted the modern idea of parliamentary or legal sovereignty. The authors argue that a conservative theory of order, which assigned the king a lofty and unrivalled position, gave way in these years to a more radical community-centered view of government by which the king shared law-making on equal terms with the House of Lords and the House of Commons. Although the community-centered ideology may appear unexceptional to the modern observer, it constituted a revolutionary departure from the prevailing order theory of kingship and political society that had characterized political thought in the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries.