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POL 252 SP 15 Modern State

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POL 252 SP 15 Modern State

  1. 1. POL 252-01 Spring 2015
  2. 2.  What is the State? Does it even exist?  If it does exist, how can we define and categorize it?  How do different country cases illustrate the State?
  3. 3. The State touches nearly every aspect of one’s life.
  4. 4. Max Weber “An institution that claims a monopoly of legitimate violence over a particular territory.”
  5. 5. NAZI GERMANY HUSSEIN’S IRAQ
  6. 6. RUSSIAVS.TUVALU SOUTH SUDAN
  7. 7.  Internal Sovereignty  Ultimate source of authority within jurisdiction  External Sovereignty  Boundaries acknowledged by other states and international system
  8. 8.  State-Society Relationship  Types of Legitimacy  Traditional ▪ Queen Elizabeth II  Charismatic ▪ Fidel Castro  Rational-Legal ▪ Barack Obama
  9. 9.  Hierarchy, Organization, and Accountability  Formation of U.S. Government  Branches  Departments  Impact for StateAuthorities
  10. 10.  “The Divine Idea as it Exists on Earth”  Argument focused on will and morality  Subscribers are “idealists” Friedrich Hegel
  11. 11. JEAN-JACQUES ROUSSEAU POLICE POWER  State regulation of behavior  Health, Safety, Welfare, and Morals
  12. 12.  Not one defining view of the State  Counter to essentialist and reductionist theories of the State
  13. 13. Who are they?
  14. 14.  Linguistic Analysts  Radicals  Behavioralists
  15. 15.  Group of U.S. political scientists in 1960s  Studying politics is akin to natural science  Politics should NOT make value judgments  What would be their main objection to studying the State in the terms we just discussed?
  16. 16. David Easton
  17. 17.  State as Partisan Actor  State as Guardian  State as Instrument
  18. 18. STATE CAPACITY  Ability of state to wield power in order to accomplish its goals STATEAUTONOMY  Ability of state to wield power independently of the public of other actors
  19. 19.  Strong States  Weak States  Failed States  Quasi-States
  20. 20. Germany United States United Kingdom Japan
  21. 21. Brazil Mexico Russia India China
  22. 22. Iran Nigeria

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