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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

The State, Democracy and Globalization

ISBN 9780333969120
Publication Date March 2004
Formats Paperback 
Publisher Palgrave

Despite the extensive debate about the impact of globalization, democratization and new forms of governance, there have been surprisingly few attempts to provide an integrated account of the state in the contemporary world. Roger King and Gavin Kendall's new text is designed to fill the gap and provide an accessible but informed introduction for today's students. It covers both the rise of the state and its increasing reach and interventionism in the 20th century and argues that its power and influence are now in decline in the face of globalization and new forms of governance in the 21st century.

ROGER KING is Visiting Research Fellow at the Association of Commonwealth Universities. He was previously Vice Chancellor at the University of Lincoln and Humberside until he retired in 2001.

GAVIN KENDALL is Associate Professor, Queensland University of Technology, Australia.

Why Study the State?
The Development of the Modern Nation State
Classical Theories of the State
Democracy and the State
The Interventionist State and its Critics
Suprastate Governance
The Liberal State
Power, Domination, Culture and Sociality
Postscript: The Future of the State.


An excellent introductory text...' - Mark Laffey, Times Higher Education Supplement
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