The Concept of the State
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The paper reviews the article "Limits of the State: Beyond the Statist Approaches and Their Critics" written by Timothy Mitchell. The paper looks at how Mitchell constructs his argument against statist and system approaches, and against the political theories and perspectives of Theda Skocpol, Jay Nordlinger, Stephen Krasner and Gabriel Almond. The paper then explains how Timothy Mitchell instead offers the concept of the state as deeply associated with societal pressure and influences. The paper posits that Mitchell provides an insightful and evidence based argument supporting the inseparable link between the state and society, however, he fails to completely explain how each entity effects each other.
From the Paper:"The political discourse surrounding the concept of the state has changed dramatically throughout history, particularly during momentous political movements and revolutionary events. The subjectivity and ambiguity creates debate and dissension in regard to the possible dividing lines between the state and the society. The notion of the state as an independent structure is a fundamental political subject under constant scrutiny. In "The Limits of the State: Beyond Statist Approaches and Their Critics" by Timothy Mitchell, he argues against an ideological and subjective definition of the state and claims both entities should be analyzed as an inclusive and complex process through which political and social power is maintained. He utilizes the states "elusive" nature to demonstrate the close connection between the state and society and also employs a Foucauldian theory of disciplinary power relations. Mitchell constructs his argument against statist and system approaches and the political theories and perspectives of Theda Skocpol, Jay Nordlinger, Stephen Krasner and Gabriel Almond."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Mitchell, Timothy. "The Limits if the State: Beyond Statist Approaches and their Critics." The American Political Science Review 85.1 (1991): 77-96. Print.
- Skocpol, Theda. "Bringing the State Back In: Strategies of Analysis in Current Research." Bringing the State Back In. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1985. 1-37. Print.
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