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State in Society
Why have some states struggled to fashion state-society relations, neutralise opposition, gain predominance, and achieve social control, whereas others have been strong in this regard? This book presents a model for understanding state capabilities in the Third World based on state-society relations. The distribution of social control in society that emerges as a result of this conflict between societies and states is the main determinant of whether states become strong or weak. Levels of state social control are reflected in three indicators: compliance, participation and legitimation. These are used by state and non-state organisations alike to seek social control.
Part I. Introduction: 1. The state-in-society approach: a new definition of the state and transcending the narrowly constructed world of Rigor; Part II. Rethinking Social and Political Change: 2. A model of state-society relations; 3. Strong states, weak states: power and accommodation; Part III. The state in society: an approach to struggles for domination; 5.