The State in Question: Transformations of the Australian State
Publication Date 1 Jan 1996
OverviewJust what is happening to the state? Given a global economy, global environmental problems and the spreading domains of international law, the very idea of the state asserting a right or responsibility to monopolise the control of people and resources is under challenge. In some countries parts of the state's apparatus are being reabsorbed into civil society while at the same time its real power to direct and control the lives of its citizens grows. Is the state in fact changing both its form and functions? Are we watching the emergence of a new kind of state? What might succeed the sovereign state? Such questions are of considerable political significance. This collection of exploratory essays provides an excellent point of entry to some of the most pressing themes in contemporary politics. Teachers and students, indeed anyone with an interest in the future of politics, will find this book a fascinating and useful source of ideas. 'A lively collection of essays which puts Australian domestic politics in the context of the most up-to-date political and social theory - a rare achievement.' Judith Brett, La Trobe University
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