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The State as Cultural Practice

Mark Bevir and R. A. W. Rhodes


The State as Cultural Practice offers a fully worked out account of the authors' distinctive interpretive approach to political science. It challenges the new institutionalism, probably the most significant present-day strand in both American and British political science. It moves away from such notions as ‘bringing the state back in’, ‘path dependency’, and modernist empiricism. Instead, Bevir and Rhodes argue for an anti-foundational analysis, observational and historical methods, and a decentred approach that rejects any essentialist definition of the state and espouses the id ... More

Keywords: the state, cultural practice, new institutionalism, anti-foundational, decentred analysis, the stateless state, interpretive approach, rule, rationalities, resistance, observation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199580750
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199580750.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mark Bevir, author
Professor of Political Science, University of California, Berkeley.
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R. A. W. Rhodes, author
Professor of Government, University of Tasmania, and Distinguished Professor of Political Science, Australian National University.
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