Modernity and the State
By (author) Claus Offe
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Modernity and the State by Claus Offe
Book DescriptionThis volume addresses the problem of how modern societies politically cohere and poses one of the most fundamental questions of contemporary political analysis: how can legitimate authority coexist with effective governing capacity? In addressing this question, Offe draws on a wide variety of material in both political theory and empirical sociology. The book is divided into four parts. In the first of these, Offe explores general questions concerning the nature and stability of modern societies and critically examines contemporary approaches to political theory. In the second part he examines new developments facing the state and assesses new departures in state theory. In the third part, problems and policy prescriptions which have emerged in connection with developments in Western welfare states are addressed. In the final part, Offe seeks to illuminate through comparative analysis many of the new questions facing political sociology in the light of the fall of the Berlin wall in 1989. The result is a highly original account of developments in contemporary society both in the West and in the East. Modernity and the State will be welcomed by students and scholars in social and political theory, political sociology and East European studies.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780745616742
(229mm x 155mm x 16mm)
Imprint: Polity Press
Publisher: Polity Press
Publish Date: 22-Apr-1996
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Today Europe finds itself in a crisis that casts a dark shadow over an entire generation. The seriousness of the crisis stems from one core political contradiction at the heart of the European project: namely, that what urgently needs to be done is also extremely unpopular and therefore virtually impossible to do democratically.
Reflections on America, Hardback (December 2005)
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Institutional Design in Post-Communist Societies, Paperback (March 1998)View all books by Claus Offe
This book examines the problems and issues facing formerly communist states as they seek to develop a new democratic political order and a market economy.
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