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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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American State Building

American State Building

The Theoretical Challenge

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The Unsustainable American State

Desmond King

Robert C. Lieberman

Oxford University Press

This chapter intends to draw a suppler, multidimensional picture of the American state's origins, structure, and consequences. The aim of this chapter is to demonstrate the significance of the state as an institutional force despite the threat of the demise of the state as the essential unit of global politics as a result of global trends. The chapter also discusses an emerging theoretical perspective in comparatives state research that intends to prove the state's resilience to forces that threatens to marginalize it. In addition, this chapter also presents the paradoxical role of the state in American political development. Likewise, the resurgence of the state in comparative politics and international relation literatures is illustrated. The chapter concludes by pointing out that the proposition that the organizing notion of the state is under threat seems overstated.

Keywords:   state, global politics, American political development, comparative politics

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