This major new textbook will equip students with a complete understanding of contemporary politics, state and society in the United Kingdom today. Key underlying themes include: The differences between traditional and alternative ‘sites of power’ and what we mean by ‘political’ the relationships between politics, society and how individuals become and remain engaged with politics the rapid transformations in contemporary social structures and their impact on social and political life the role of human agency and its significance to social and political action and movements contemporary cultural and social dislocations and their impact on some of the major contested areas of political life today. Key features include: Key concepts and issues Key theorists and writers Discussion questions Comprehensive and accessible, An Introduction to Politics, State & Society is an essential text for all undergraduate students of politics, the contemporary state, power and political sociology.

Founding Arguments: Theorizing Politics, Power and the State

Founding arguments: Theorizing politics, power and the state

Key Concepts and Issues

  • Defining the modern state
  • Elite theories of politics and the state
  • Pluralist theories of politics and the state
  • Marxist theories of politics and the state
  • Corporatist theories of politics and the state
  • Feminist theories of politics and the state
  • Foucault, politics and the state

Key Theorists and Writers

  • Valerie Bryson
  • Robert A. Dahl
  • Michel Foucault
  • David Held
  • Michael Mann
  • Karl Marx and Fredrick Engels
  • Keith Middlemas
  • Gaetano Mosca and Vilfredo Pareto
  • Nicos Poulantzas and Ralph Miliband
  • Shelia Rowbotham
  • Charles Tilly
  • Sylvia Walby

Although the study of the polity – of the structures, operation and processes of government and social decision meeting – is usually deemed to be within the purview of political science, sociologists have always maintained a keen interest in the issue. The study of the ...

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