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Boundaries of the State In Us History

James T. Sparrow, William J. Novak, and Stephen W. Sawyer


In their productive outpouring, the scholarly literatures on “the state” in American history and political development have advanced myriad working assumptions about the state without reconciling those assumptions within a coherent rubric. This introductory essay makes a preliminary case for addressing this challenge by focusing research on the boundary conditions of state formation, where the limits of government authority reveal the principles of its operation. Focusing on boundary conditions allows us to move beyond a merely refractory view of the state to probe the ways in which public pow ... More

Keywords: the state, APD, bureaucracy, autonomy, boundary conditions, Max Weber, Theda Skocpol, Charles Tilly, Michael Mann

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780226277646
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2016 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226277813.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

James T. Sparrow, editor
University of Chicago

William J. Novak, editor

Stephen W. Sawyer, editor

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