Chapter

Approaching the State

N. W. Barber

in The Constitutional State

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9780199585014
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191595318 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199585014.003.0002

Series: Oxford Constitutional Theory

Approaching the State

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This chapter introduces many of the ideas that will run through this book. It presents two accounts — or two groups of accounts — of the state. The first, set out by Weber and Green, focuses on the institutions of the state and the type of claims those institutions made over individuals. The second, set out by Aristotle and forming the basis of much of the rest of this book, presents the state as a particular type of social group.

Keywords: state; claims; social group; state institutions

Chapter.  9946 words. 

Subjects: Jurisprudence and Philosophy of Law

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