By Peter B. Evans, Dietrich Rueschemeyer, Theda Skocpol
Till lately, dominant theoretical paradigms within the comparative social sciences didn't spotlight states as organizational constructions or as very likely self reliant actors. certainly, the time period 'state' was once not often used. present paintings, even if, more and more perspectives the country as an agent which, even if encouraged through the society that surrounds it, additionally shapes social and political approaches. The members to this quantity, such as the very best contemporary interdisciplinary scholarship on states on the subject of social buildings, utilize theoretically engaged comparative and ancient investigations to supply better conceptualizations of states and the way they function. all the book's significant elements offers a comparable set of analytical concerns approximately glossy states, that are explored within the context of a variety of occasions and areas, either modern and old, and in constructing and advanced-industrial international locations. the 1st half examines nation innovations in newly constructing international locations. the second one half analyzes conflict making and kingdom making in early sleek Europe, and discusses states relating to the post-World conflict II foreign economic system. The 3rd half pursues new insights into how states impression political cleavages and collective motion. within the ultimate bankruptcy, the editors compile the questions raised via the members and recommend tentative conclusions that emerge from an outline of the entire articles. As a programmatic paintings that proposes new instructions for the research of recent states, the quantity will attract a variety of lecturers and scholars of political technology, political economic system, sociology, heritage, and anthropology.
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202-13 and 28-36, respectively. Krasner, Defending the National Interest, p. 58. Ibid. S. -Latin American Relations, ed. : Stanford University Press, 1979), p. 38. Stepan, State and Society, chaps. 5-8. This concept is discussed by Peter Katzenstein in Between Power and Plenty, pp. 16, 297-98. Susan S. and Norman I. Fainstein, "National Policy and Urban Development," Social Problems 26 (1978): 125-46; see especially pp. 140-41. , Between Power and Plenty. Krasner, Defending the National Interest, especially parts 2 and 3.
24. 25. 26. 27. 33 my own States and Social Revolutions (Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 1979) and "Political Response to Capitalist Crisis: Neo-Marxist Theories of the State and the Case of the New Deal / 7 Politics and Society 10 (1980): 155-201. Block and I are jointly criticized for overemphasizing state autonomy in Carnoy, State and Political Theory, chap. 8; and Block, Trimberger, and I are all critically discussed in Ralph Miliband, "State Power and Class Interests," New Left Review, no.
For France, there is an especially rich literature on state autonomy, its consequences and its limits. I am deliberately leaving it aside here, because France is such an obvious case for the application of ideas about state autonomy. See the works, however, by Birnbaum, Hall, Suleiman, and Zysman cited in notes 2 and 3, along with Stephen Cohen, Modern Capitalist Planning: The French Experience (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1976); and Richard F. Kuisel, Capitalism and the State in Modern France: Renovation and Economic Management in 30.