The new edition of this well-established and highly regarded textbook continues to provide the clearest and most comprehensive introduction to the modern state. It examines the state from its historical origins at the birth of modernity to its current jeopardized position in the globalized politics of the 21st Century. The book has been entirely revised and updated throughout, including substantial new material on the financial crisis and the environment.
Subjects covered include:
• The evolution of the state system
• Placing the state in modernity
• States and societies
• State and economy
• States and citizens
• States and the international order
• States of the twenty-first century
This book is essential reading for all those studying the state, international relations and comparative politics.
Table of Contents
Introduction 1. Modern States 2. Placing the State in Modernity 3. States and Societies 4. State and Economy 5. States and Citizens 6.States and the International Order 7. States of the Twenty-First century 8. Conclusion
Christopher Pierson is Professor of Politics at the University of Nottingham. He has written extensively on issues surrounding the state and particularly the welfare state. He is author of Beyond the Welfare State? and an editor of The Oxford Handbook of the Welfare State.
'A comprehensive and readable study that fits easily into undergraduate courses on the state.' - Mark Laffey, THE
'This book succeeds admirably and ought to provide a popular and stimulating work for students.' - Mark Laffey, THE