The Invisible State
The Formation of the Australian State
By (author) Alastair Davidson
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Invisible State by Alastair Davidson
Book DescriptionIn the modern State, power rests on the consensus of the citizens. They accord its institutions the authority to regulate society. State theory suggests that this authority is a right to speak on certain matters in certain ways and to have the audience agree with those statements. It is a matter of an authorised language; all others fall into the category of ratbaggery. In this 1991 book, the first major book applying State theory to Australia, Alastair Davidson shows how Australian citizens were formed in the nineteenth century, and how their particular characteristics led to the empowering of a certain language of power: legalism. He further shows that this made the judiciary the most powerful arm of government - unlike countries where the people arm sovereign and the legislature supreme - because the judiciary has the last say on all issues and in its own language.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521366588
(253mm x 177mm x 21mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 26-Apr-1991
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Alastair Davidson
Invisible State, Paperback (August 2002)
This 1991 book shows how the judiciary became the most powerful arm of government in Australia.
Citizenship and Migration, Paperback (April 2000)
This text links political theory with analysis of the emerging practical consequences for citizenship of migration and minority formation. It uses international examples drawn from original research to address these issues from a multidisciplinary perspective.
Globalization and Citizenship in the Asia-Pacific, Hardback (April 1999)
Discusses ways in which citizenship laws in Asia-Pacific might be made consistent with human dignity. The essays consider the impact of mass migration and other effects of globalization on notions of citizenship and possibilities of commitment to a transnational democratic citizenship.
From Subject to Citizen, Paperback (May 1997)» View all books by Alastair Davidson
This important, theoretically sophisticated work explores the concepts of liberal democracy, citizenship and rights.
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