The Modern State (Key Ideas)

C. Pierson
ISBN:
9780415144131

'The modern state is hugely important in our everyday lives. It takes nearly half our income in taxes. It registers our births, marriages and deaths. It educates our children and pays our pensions. It has a unique power to compel, in some cases exercising the ultimate sanction of preserving life or ordering death. Yet most of us would struggle to say exactly what the state is.' 'The new edition of this 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 twenty-first century.' 'Updated and revised with two new chapters, students will continue to find The Modern State an introduction to one of the most important phenomena of contemporary life.'--BOOK JACKET.

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