A Theory of the State
Economic Rights, Legal Rights, and the Scope of the State
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Theory of the State by Yoram Barzel
Book DescriptionThis book models the emergence of the state, and the forces that shape it. State creation is bound to protection needs. A specialized protector-ruler is efficient, but is also self-seeking. Individuals will install a ruler only after they create a mechanism to control him. Among the offshoots of the organized protection are legal system and decision-making procedures that include voting. The initial 'state of nature' may gradually evolve into a rule-of-law state. The state endows individuals with rights by delineating what it will protect. Enforcement, however, is never perfect. People use third parties such as firms to enforce agreements. As commodities become standardized, scale economies increase. In order to exploit the economies of within-state enforcement, the state will expand the contact enforcement territory by treaty or by conquest. The force may explain the creation of rule-of-law empires.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521806053
(228mm x 152mm x 21mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 3-Dec-2001
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Yoram Barzel
Theory of the State, Paperback (December 2001)
This book models the emergence of the state, and the forces that shape it.
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