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Regulative Institutions (1)

Jeffrey C. Alexander

in The Civil Sphere

Published in print August 2006 | ISBN: 9780195162509
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199943364 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195162509.003.0021
Regulative Institutions (1)

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All complex societies have states, and they are extraordinarily important, but it is vital not to conflate states and their powers with the institutions of the civil sphere. States are organizations that exercise social control in formal and explicit, if sometimes indirect ways, by requests if possible, by commands if necessary, and by force if nothing else will do. The goals of government and its ends, are established by forces outside state organization itself. At the head of state organization sits an authority that is instituted by some nonbureaucratic power, which aims to make the bureaucracy work in its own interests and name. This chapter discusses civil power; the instrumental science of politics; constructing and destructing civil power; the right to vote and disenfranchisement; parties, partisanship, and election campaigns; and civil power in the state.

Keywords: civil power; politics; right to vote; disenfranchisement; parties; partisanship; election campaigns; states

Chapter.  17033 words. 

Subjects: Sociology

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