Originally published in 1984, State Apparatus contributes to the debate on the theory of the state through posing questions regarding the state’s form, function, and apparatus.
The book begins by setting out the theoretical and methodological problems and reviewing the various Conservative, Liberal and Marxist theories in light of these. It discusses state activity, using specific case studies to clearly illustrate key points, such as the development of welfare systems in North America and Western Europe. It also explores the use of language under the state, the role of the legal apparatus within a capitalist system, and the "local state". The book concludes with a discussion of democracy and the crisis of legitimacy, and the issue of justice and the state.
State Apparatus is a detailed and comprehensive text, ideal for those with an interest in the history, theory, form, and function of the state.
Table of Contents
1: Introduction; 2: The Problematic of the Capitalist State; 3: The Capitalist State Apparatus; 4: State Apparatus and Everyday Life; 5: The Language of the State; 6: Law and the State; 7: The Local State; 8: Democracy and the Crisis of Legitimacy; 9: Justice and the State; Bibliography; Author Index; Subject Index
Gordon L. Clark and Michael Dear