State Theories : Classical, Global and Feminist Perspectives
The third edition of State Theories updates the historical context of theories of the state by considering the impact of the decline of the welfare state in the post-Fordist era, the collapse of Eastern European and Soviet communism and the emergence of the so-called global information-based economies. New material has been added to the chapters dealing with pluralism and neo-Marxism (most importantly, regulation theory). Theories that address the gendered nature of the liberal democratic state have been expanded into a separate chapter, including issues raised by feminist and gay/lesbian theorizing. A completely new chapter addresses some of the most recent developments in state theory: addressing issues such as the debates about the relevance of the nation state in the global era, the post-modernist critique of totalizing theory and the impact of identity politics on the process of theorizing the state.