The Evolution of Statehood

The Evolution of Statehood

From Early States to Global Society

Saarbrucken: Lambert Academic Publishing, 2011. - 360 p.
Authors: Grinin, Leonid
ISBN-10: 3843394377
ISBN-13: 978-3843394376

The monograph is devoted to the problems of the origins, development and present situation of statehood. It also provides the forecasts of political development in the coming decades. The book touches upon a wide range of issues and topics, including: What alternatives did state have in evolution? Which main evolutionary stages has it passed as a structure? What are early, developed and mature types of the state? Were Athens and Rome Republic states? What new coalitions of countries will be possible in the nearest decades?

The book presents a new approach to the causes and models of the emergence of the state, to the state’s position among the forms competing with it (analogues of the early state) and new models of the state’s evolution. Today in their full swing are the processes of transformation of state sovereignty, change of state’s nature and functions and countries` integration into supranational communities. In the last chapter the reasons are explained of the inexplicable, at first glance, phenomenon why modern states voluntarily reduce their sovereign prerogatives.

Without the analysis of the statehood genesis and development, it is almost impossible to understand the course of human history and modern condition of World System as well as the possible directions of its transition. So we hope the book will be interesting to a broad audience both to specialists in political anthropology, philosophy, political studies, future studies, globalization studies, historical sociology, cultural evolution as well as to anyone interested in history and modern political problems and global trends.



Introduction. Evolution Theory and the Problems of the State Theory

Chapter 1. The Pathways of Initial Politogenesis: Early State and Early State Analogues

The beginning of politogenesis

Politogenesis vs. state formation process

On some definitions

Early state analogues

Chapter 2. Polity Size and the Course of Politogenesis

General notes

The problem of sizes of the early state

Classification of states and their analogues according to their size

Polity size and politogenesis models. Conditions of state formation

Chapter 3. Analogous and Early-State Polities: A Comparison

Introductory remarks

Comparing the early state with its analogues

Specific properties of supreme power

New principles of government

New and non-traditional forms of regulating social life

Redistribution of power

Chapter 4. Were Athens and the Roman Republic States?

Preliminary remarks

On the typology of the early states

Stateless societies or a specific type of an early state?

Naturalness of the democratic path of state formation

Berent's and Shtaerman's arguments and their disproof

Attributes distinguishing the early state from its analogues in application to Athens and roman republic

Chapter 5. The Statehood Evolutionary Sequence: Early – Developed – Mature states

Preliminary remarks

The differences in opinions on the mature state

The necessity of the evolutionary scheme change

Main differences of the early, developed, and mature state

Early state

Developed state

Mature state

Mature state transformation in the 20th century

Concluding remarks

Chapter 6. On the way to Global Society: Why do States Lose their Sovereignty in the Age of Globalization?

Preliminary notes on sovereignty transformation

Why is the notion of sovereignty difficult and ambiguous?

Globalization, economy, and world policy

Globalization, reducing sovereignty and nationalism

Different issues of national sovereignty change

The global crisis and possible political transformation of the world system


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