[Offered in even-numbered years]
|Student Contribution Band:||Band 1|
|Administered by:||School of Arts & Social Sciences|
No individual can escape the state. But how pervasive or dominant is the state? What is the relationship between the state, globalisation, democratisation and governance. This subject will first discuss the development of the modern state and examine state power and competing modern state theories: Liberal-Pluralist, Elitist/Managerialist, Corporatist and Marxist. It will also discuss the role of the state in the economy and its relationship with civil society. This will cover both the advanced industrial countries and countries in the developing world. Second, the subject will focus on the relationship between state power and democratisation and globalisation, particularly the debates about the declining strength of states in the developing world as the result of the globalisation pressures and the rise of global civil society. The third part of the subject will deal with the issues of governance, which in recent years has gained prominence in the reform agenda promoted by such international bodies as the World Bank, International Monetary Fund (IMF), the Organisation for Economic Cooperation of Development (OECD) and the United Nations (UN).
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