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The Unsustainable American State$
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Lawrence Jacobs and Desmond King

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195392135

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195392135.001.0001

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The Political Crisis of the American State

The Political Crisis of the American State

The Unsustainable State in a Time of Unraveling

(p.3) 1 The Political Crisis of the American State
The Unsustainable American State

Lawrence R. Jacobs

Desmond King

Oxford University Press

With the upheaval of the American economic and financial system, a large number of banks and firms are forced to declare bankruptcy while private markets and key industries have collapse as well. These reflect not only an unsustainable collection of government administrative practices and capacities but also question the legitimacy of the American state as a representative of democracy as well. In this chapter, the primary strains surrounding the American state are discussed. It also points out the deep-rooted dysfunctionalism in the operation of the American state's administrative institutions. To be able to understand current financial and economic turmoil occurring, the nature of unsustainability is presented in detail. Situated functionalism value in studying state sustainability is also illustrated.

Keywords:   American state, dysfunctionalism, situated functionalism, bankruptcy, unsustainability

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