Leviathan Transformed: Seven National States in the New Century

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Theodore Caplow
McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP, 2001 - Social Science - 222 pages
This work is based on the premise that a national state is a particular type of organization and, at any given time and like any other organization, its performance can be evaluated with reasonable objectivity. The authors, an international team of social scientists, examine the performance of seven states: Bulgaria, Canada, France, Italy, Germany, Spain, and the United States. These nations pursue similar goals - union, justice, tranquillity, defence, welfare, liberty - which, in one form or another, are common to all democracies. Using these goals as a checklist, the authors found that each of the seven states performs well in some areas and badly in others. They discovered that all states approached these goals in a style shaped by their own history and, in particular, by how they have been affected by the troubles of the 20th century. Their investigations offer an informative way of looking at these nation states and detail the social and political conditions in each state.
 

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Contents

The German State in Comparative Perspective
41
Six Aspects of the Spanish State
69
The U S Government at the Turn of the Century
108
Redefining a Social
135
The Bulgarian State at the Turn of the Century
172
Grading the French Leviathan
193
Concluding Remarks
213
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