History, Theory, Prospects
Quentin Skinner, Bo Stråth (eds.), States and Citizens. History, Theory, Prospects. Cambridge UP, 2003
The imminent demise of the nation-state in the face of global capitalism and supra-national agencies has often been predicted, yet in practice, the death of the state seems scarcely imaginable: indeed, terrorist activity and corporate collapse have made states, if anything, more assertive in recent years, and the condition of ‘statelessness’ is regarded as grave in the extreme. This volume offers a coherent survey of perceptions of the state, its history, its theoretical underpinnings, and its prospects in the contemporary world. The coverage of the Western European experience is thorough and wide-ranging, with the greatest post-colonial democratic state, India, as a comparative example. The provocative and accessible contributions of a very distinguished and genuinely pan-European team of contributors ensure that States and Citizens provides a unique and valuable resource of interest to students and teachers of the history of ideas, political theory, and European studies.