This book offers a fresh, accessible and original interpretation ofthe modern state, concentrating particularly on the emergence andnature of democracy. Poggi presents an extensive conceptual portrait of the state,distinguishing its early characteristics from those which havedeveloped subsequently and are apparent in contemporary states. Hereviews the 'historical career' of the state, from the dissolutionof feudal forms of rule to the advent of modern, liberal-democraticsystems. Poggi also discusses the nature of liberal-democraticregimes, and the distinctive features of the Soviet one-partysystem. Finally, the chapter discusses the challenges set to thestate by contemporary developments in military affairs, in theinternational economy, and in the ecological sphere.
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