Cedric de Leon Defines State

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      CEDRIC DE LEON: So the classical definition of the stateis the person or the institution thatholds the monopoly on the means of legitimate violencein a given territory.That's a very technical definition, but what it meansis basically military sovereignty.The state is the institution or the person

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      CEDRIC DE LEON [continued]: who has the power, the legitimate power, to exerciseforce and coercion, from imprisonment upto violent repression.That is the classical definition of the state,and it emerged out of the contextof 19th-century Prussia, which is a very particular context.

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      CEDRIC DE LEON [continued]: And there are a number of sociologistswho believe that it's the wrong definition of the statebecause not every state looks like 19th-century Prussia.And so to answer the question of how the state has developed,states have moved from this kind of institution which

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      CEDRIC DE LEON [continued]: is all about military force and having the most powerin a given territory to a state that, for example, provideswelfare or unemployment insurance for peoplein trouble, states that also work a great deal in shaping

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      CEDRIC DE LEON [continued]: the economic development of a society.We've moved from a very simple definition of a state,let's say, under a king who is obsessedwith holding power to a state thatis more interested in questions or policies

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      CEDRIC DE LEON [continued]: of economic development and social welfare.

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Dr. Cedric de Leon defines the state as the institution that holds the monopoly on the means of violence, also known as military sovereignty.

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Cedric de Leon Defines State

Dr. Cedric de Leon defines the state as the institution that holds the monopoly on the means of violence, also known as military sovereignty.

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