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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

The Nature and Development of the Modern State

Edition 2nd Edition
ISBN 9781137460677
Publication Date September 2016
Formats Hardcover Paperback 
Publisher Palgrave

Despite the increasing globalization of many aspects of social, economic and political life, the state remains the fundamental element of contemporary governance. This fully revised and extended new edition provides a broad-ranging introduction to the origins, role and future of the modern state tracing out how significant shifts in state capacity came about in relation to developments in economic, political and ideological power.

Graeme Gill is Professor Emeritus at the University of Sydney. He taught for many years in the Department of Government at Sydney, principally courses in Soviet and Russian politics. He is the author or editor of 19 books and over 90 articles, and is the immediate past president of the International Council for Central and East European Studies. He is also a fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia.

1. The Modern State
2. The Origins of State Capacity
3. Building Capacity, East and West
4. The State, Capitalism, and Industrialization
5. States and International Systems
6. The State Embedded: Twentieth century alternatives?
7. State Capacity and Governance in a Globalized World


This book will make a fascinating read for any student interested in understanding the history of state building. Gill offers an in-depth and rich historical overview of state formation, and of how states developed capacity and became modern.' - Natasha Ezrow, The University of Essex, UK
'This book constitutes a leading and outstanding introduction to the state. It views state capacity through various prisms – from the deep past to the present, through the East/West context and through to the domestic/international nexus – resulting in a highly comprehensive and very clearly written take on the state that is a must-read for anyone interested in this topic.' – John M. Hobson, University of Sheffield, UK
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