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The State As Cultural Practice (Hardcover)

Author: Bevir, Mark

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The State as Cultural Practice offers a comprehensive account of the authors' distinctive interpretive approach to political science. It challenges the new institutionalism, probably the most significant present-day strand in both American and British political science. It moves away from such notions as 'bringing the state back in', 'path dependency', and modernist empiricism. Instead, Bevir and Rhodes argue for an anti-foundational analysis, ethnographic and historical methods, and a decentred approach that rejects any essentialist definition of the state and espouses the idea of politics as cultural practice.

Bevir and Rhodes argue for the idea of 'the stateless state' or the state as meaning-in-action. So, the state is neither monolithic nor a causal agent. It consists solely of the contingent actions of specific individuals; of diverse beliefs about the public sphere, about authority and power, which are constructed differently in contending traditions. Continuity and change are products of people inheriting traditions and modifying them in response to dilemmas. A decentred approach explores the limits to the state and seeks to develop a more diverse view of state authority and its exercise. In short, political scientists need to bring people back in to the study of the state.

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Publisher Oxford Univ Pr on Demand
Mfg Part# 9780199580750
SKU 213820709
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 0199580758
Release Date 6/1/2010
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Book Format Hardcover
Number of Pages 0246
Publisher Oxford University Press, USA
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