This book offers a fresh, accessible and original interpretation of the modern state, concentrating particularly on the emergence and nature of democracy. Poggi presents an extensive conceptual portrait of the state, distinguishing its early characteristics from those which have developed subsequently and are apparent in contemporary states. He reviews the 'historical career' of the state, from the dissolution of feudal forms of rule to the advent of modern, liberal-democratic systems. Poggi also discusses the nature of liberal-democratic regimes, and the distinctive features of the Soviet one-party system. Finally, the chapter discusses the challenges set to the state by contemporary developments in military affairs, in the international economy, and in the ecological sphere.
Foreword. Part I:. 1. Social Power and its Political Form. 2. The Nature of the Modern State. 3. The Development of the Modern State (1). 4. The Development of the Modern State (2). 5. Controversies About the State: Attempting an Appraisal. 6. Controversies About the State: Attempting an Explanation. Part II:. 7. Liberal Democracy in the 20th Century (1). 8. Liberal Democracy in the 20th Century (2). 9. A New Type of State. 10. Contemporary Challenges to the State.