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The SAGE Handbook of Political Geography provides students of the sub-discipline with a highly contextualized and systematic overview of the latest thinking and research. Edited by key scholars, with international contributions from acknowledged authorities on the relevant research, The SAGE Handbook of Political Geography is divided into six sections: Scope and Development of Political Geography; Geographies of the State; Participation and Representation; Political Geographies of Difference; Geography, Policy, and Governance; and Global Political Geographies.

State and Society
State and society
Introduction

This chapter reviews a small part of an enormous and growing literature on the topic of state and society. The focus is not on theories of the state in a conventional sense. Marxist, Foucauldian, pluralist and neo-liberal models of the state are all mentioned here, but emphasis is placed firmly on recent accounts of state/society interactions and on the constitution of what Partha Chatterjee has called ‘political society’. The bias is to state/society relations in poorer countries, or the global South.

The chapter begins with the classic and enduring work of Max Weber. It considers ideal-typical models of how the state might solve the collective action problems that necessarily arise in society. It also reviews a body of work that has ...

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