State Power

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Polity, 2007 - Political Science - 301 pages
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General Introduction What is the State? A Preliminary Definition of the State 'Putting this Book in its Place' PART I: THEORIZING THE STATE 1. The Development of the Strategic-Relational Approach Three Sources of the Strategic-Relational State Approach The First Phase in the Strategic-Relational Approach The Second Phase of the Strategic-Relational Approach The Third Phase of the Strategic-Relational Approach Interim Strategic-Relational Conclusions 2. Bringing the State Back in (Yet Again) Introduction The Marxist Revival and the Strategic-Relational Approach Strategic-Relational Tendencies in the Second Wave New Directions of Research Conclusions PART II: SOURCES OF THE STRATEGIC-RELATIONAL APPROACH 3. Marx on Political Representation and the State What does The Eighteenth Brumaire accomplish? On Periodization The Political Stage The Social Content of Politics The State Apparatus and Its Trajectory More on Political Representation Conclusions 4. Gramsci on the Geography of State Power Spatializing the Philosophy of Praxis Gramsci and the Southern Question Gramsci on Americanism and Fordism Gramsci on Territoriality and State Power Gramsci and International Relations Conclusions 5. Poulantzas on the State as a Social Relation Marxist Theory and Political Strategy New Methodological Considerations The State and Political Class Struggle The Relational Approach and Strategic Selectivity Re-Reading Poulantzas Exceptional Elements in the Contemporary State Periodizing the Class Struggle The Spatio-Temporal Matrix of the State Conclusions 6. Foucault on State, State Formation, and Statecraft Foucault and the "Crisis of Marxism" Poulantzas and Foucault compared The Analytics of Power versus State Theory Foucault as a Genealogist of Statecraft With Foucault beyond Foucault Conclusions PART III APPLYING THE STRATEGIC-RELATIONAL APPROACH 7. The Gender Selectivities of the State Analyzing Gender Selectivities Gender Selectivities in the State Strategic Selectivity and Strategic Action Political Representation The Architecture of the State Conclusions 8. Spatiotemporal Dynamics and Temporal Sovereignty Globalization Defined Globalization and the Spatial Turn Some Spatio-Temporal Contradictions of Globalizing Capitalism The Implications of Globalization for (National) States Conclusions 9. Multiscalar Metagovernance in the European Union State-Centric Perspectives Governance-Centric Approaches Changes in Statehood in Advanced Capitalist Societies The EU as a Schumpeterian Workfare Post-National Regime The European Union and Multiscalar Metagovernance Conclusions 10. Complexity, Contingent Necessity, Semiosis, and the SRA Complexity and Contingent Necessity Complexity and the Selection of Selections Semiosis and Complexity Reduction Towards a New Strategic-Relational Agenda Conclusions
 

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Contents

What is the State?
2
A Preliminary Definition of the State
9
The Development of the StrategicRelational Approach
21
Bringing the State Back in Yet Again
54
Marx on Political Representation and the State
83
4Gramsci on the Geography of State Power
101
5Poulantzas on the State as a Social Relation
118
6Foucault on State State Formation and Statecraft
140
The Gender Selectivities of the State
157
Multiscalar Metagovernance in the European Union
198
Complexity Contingent Necessity Semiosis and the SRA
225
Notes
246
Index
287
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Bob Jessop is Professor of Sociology at Lancaster University.

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