The State and State-Building

Bob Jessop

in The Oxford Handbook of Political Institutions

Published in print June 2008 | ISBN: 9780199548460
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Political Science

The State and State-Building

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This article discusses the state, which has been studied from many angles. However, it has been deemed that no single theory can completely capture and explain its complexities. The article begins by addressing the question: what is the state? It then moves on to trace the origins of the state and state-building, and discuss Karl Marx's various approaches to the state. The rest of the article is devoted to identifying the state-centered theories and the Foucauldian, feminist, and ‘strategic-relational’ approaches. Discourse analysis and the stateless state theory are introduced in the chapter as well.

Keywords: state; origins; state-building; Karl Marx; approaches; state-centered theories; Foucauldian; feminist; strategic-relational; discourse analysis

Article.  8555 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; Comparative Politics ; Political Institutions

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