Bringing the State Back In

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Until recently, dominant theoretical paradigms in the comparative social sciences did not highlight states as organizational structures or as potentially autonomous actors. Indeed, the term 'state' was rarely used. Current work, however, increasingly views the state as an agent which, although influenced by the society that surrounds it, also shapes social and political processes. The contributors to this volume, which includes some of the best recent interdisciplinary scholarship on states in relation to social structures, make use of theoretically engaged comparative and historical investigations to provide improved conceptualizations of states and how they operate. Each of the book's major parts presents a related set of analytical issues about modern states, which are explored in the context of a wide range of times and places, both contemporary and historical, and in developing and advanced-industrial nations. The first part examines state strategies in newly developing countries. The second part analyzes war making and state making in early modern Europe, and discusses states in relation to the post-World War II international economy. The third part pursues new insights into how states influence political cleavages and collective action. In the final chapter, the editors bring together the questions raised by the contributors and suggest tentative conclusions that emerge from an overview of all the articles. As a programmatic work that proposes new directions for the analysis of modern states, the volume will appeal to a wide range of teachers and students of political science, political economy, sociology, history, and anthropology.
 

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Contents

Bringing the State Back In Strategies of Analysis in Current Research
3
States as Promoters of Economic Development and Social Redistribution
39
The State and Economic Transformation Toward an Analysis of the Conditions Underlying Effective Intervention
44
The State and Taiwans Economic Development
78
State Structures and the Possibilities for Keynesian Responses to the Great Depression in Sweden Britain and the United States
107
States and Transnational Relations
165
War Making and State Making as Organized Crime
169
Transnational Linkages and the Economic Role of the State An Analysis of Developing and Industrialized Nations in the PostWorld War II Period
192
States and the Patterning of Social Conflicts
253
WorkingClass Formation and the State NineteenthCentury England in American Perspective
257
Hegemony and Religious Conflict British Imperial Control and Political Cleavages in Yorubaland
285
State Power and the Strength of Civil Society in the Southern Cone of Latin America
317
Conclusion
345
On the Road toward a More Adequate Understanding of the State
347
Notes on the Contributors
367
Index
370

Small Nations in an Open International Economy The Converging Balance of State and Society in Switzerland and Austria
227

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Evans makes history and geography books and articles for teachers and children

Dietrich Rueschemeyer is professor emeritus of sociology at Brown University and a research professor at Brown's Watson Institute for International Studies. He is the author of "Power and the Division of Labor" and the coeditor of "Bringing the State Back In," among many other books.

Theda Skocpol is professor of government and sociology at Harvard University and the author of Boomerang: Health Care Reform and the Turn Against Government.

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