The State Tradition in Western Europe

A Study of an Idea and Institution

Why have continental European societies developed the idea of the abstract impersonal state as the fundamental institution of political rule? Why, on the other hand, has this idea played a relatively insignificant part in the history of English-speaking countries? It is to such questions that this major study is addressed. Les mer
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Why have continental European societies developed the idea of the abstract impersonal state as the fundamental institution of political rule? Why, on the other hand, has this idea played a relatively insignificant part in the history of English-speaking countries? It is to such questions that this major study is addressed. With clarity and conciseness, Kenneth Dyson examines the fascinating tapestry of thought about public authority that the state tradition represents, and identifies the major individual contributions to that tapestry. In addition to offering a clear conceptualisation of state, he deals with such key issues as the role of the intellectual, the social function of state theories, and the difficulties of accommodating state and democracy.

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contents
New Introduction to the ECPR Press Edition by Kenneth Dyson vii
Preface xlv
Introduction: The State as Idea and Institution 1
PART I THE HISTORICAL TRADITION OF THE STATE
Chapter 1: The Origins of the State 25
The Birth of the Modern State 28
The Characteristics of the Modern State: The
Continental European Perspective 33
England: An Aberrant Case 36
Chapter 2: The State as a Socio-cultural Phenomenon 48
The Concepts of State and Society 51
The Crisis-of-Modernity Polity 58
From Feudal to Clientelist Polity 60
The Balanced Parliamentary and Dual Polities 62
Adversary, Authoritarian Corporatist and
Accommodative Polities 66
Conclusions 71
PART II THE INTELLECTUAL TRADITION OF
THE STATE
Chapter 3: The State and the Intellectuals: Some General Considerations 81
Academic Patrons and Coteries 83
State as Organizing and Integrating Concept 93
Chapter 4: Three Conceptions of the State: Might, Law and Legitimacy 101
The State as Might 101
The State as Law 107
The State as Legitimacy 117
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Chapter 5: The Historical Development of Theories of the State 135
Society as an Hierarchical Order 139
The Individualistic Conception of Society 140
Society as Community 143
The Idea of the State and Academic Self-Interest 150
Chapter 6: A Comparison of Theories of the State in France and Germany 155
Intellectual Tradition: Similarities and
Cross-Fertilization 157
Intellectual Tradition: Divergence 161
The Debate about Methodology and Political Science 174
Chapter 7: The Word State in the British Intellectual Tradition 186
State and Political Science: After Idealism and
Pluralism 196
State and Philosophy 199
PART III STATE AS AN IDEAL TYPE AND AS A `PROBLEM-DEFINING'
CONCEPT
Chapter 8: State as a Tool of Analysis 205
State as a Generalizing, Integrating and
Legitimating Concept 208
The Idea of the State and Depersonalized
Power: The Case of Fascism 214
The Idea of the State: Institution and Purpose 222
The Analytical Distinction between State and
Civil Society: Marxism and the Idea of the State 228
The Idea of the State as a Socio-cultural
Phenomenon 243
Chapter 9: The Idea of the State and Democracy 252
State as a Problem-Creating Concept 254
State as a Problem-Solving Concept 270
Epilogue: The End of the Idea of the State? 282
Bibliography 288
Index of Names 301
Index of Subjects 307

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Kenneth Dyson was born in Scarborough, UK, and since 2003 has been Research Professor in the School of European Studies at Cardiff University, Wales. He was appointed Professor of European Studies at the University of Bradford in 1982. He has been Visiting Professor at Konstanz University, Germany, and DAAD Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Free University of Berlin. A founding member and early chair of the Association for the Study of German Politics, Kenneth Dyson also served as founder and chair of the Standing Conference of Heads of European Studies. He was twice chair of the UK Research Assessment Exercise Panel in European Studies. In addition to being a Fellow of the British Academy, he is an Academician of the Learned Society of the Social Sciences and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. He is also a founding fellow of the Learned Society of Wales. Kenneth Dyson is the author of numerous solo-authored and edited books in comparative European public policy, especially economic policies, in EU studies and in German political studies. Most recently, they include: Elusive Union (1994); The Road to Maastricht (1999, with Kevin Featherstone, voted academic book of the year in 'Choice'); The Politics of the Euro Zone (2000); European States and the Euro (2002); Germany, Europe and the Politics of Constraint (2003, with Klaus Goetz); The Euro at Ten (2008); and Central Banks in the Age of the Euro (2009, with Martin Marcussen). In 2010 he published the two volumes (with Lucia Quaglia) on European Economic Governance and Policies: Commentary on Key Documents, and (with Angelos Sepos) Which Europe? The Politics of Differentiated Integration. He was awarded the German Federal Service Cross (First Class) for services to Anglo-German relations.