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Comparative Government and Politics - Nature and Development of the Modern State

Question: In whose interests does the state exercise power? Use examples to justify your answer.Introductory Readings
Garner, R., Ferdinand, P., and Lawson, S. (2018). Politics. Oxford, United Kingdom: Oxford University Press.

Heywood, A. (2004). Political Theory: An Introduction. Basingstoke: Palgrave, pp. 75-88.
Hague, R., Harrop, M., and McCormick, J. (2019). Comparative Government and Politics: An Introduction. 11th edition. Basingstoke: Palgrave-Macmillan.

Essential Reading
Gold, D. A., et al. (1975). ‘Recent Developments in Marxist Theories of the Capitalist State’, Monthly Review, 27(5-6): 29-51.
Held, D. (1989). Political Theory and the Modern State. Stanford, C.A.: Stanford University Press. Especially chaps. 1 and 2.

Hay, C., Lister, M., Marsh, D., (eds.), (2006). The State: Theories and Issues. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
Poggi, G. (1990). The State: Its Nature, Development and Prospects. Cambridge: Polity Press.

Further Reading
English, R., and Townsend, C., (eds.), (1999). The State: Historical and Political Dimensions. London: Routledge.
Gill, G. J. (2003). The Nature and Development of the Modern State. Basingstoke; New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Hall, J. A. (1989). The State. Milton Keynes: Open University Press.
Hay, C., Lister, M., Marsh, D., (eds.), (2006). The State: Theories and Issues. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
Held, D. (1984). ‘Theories of the State: Some Competing Claims’, in S. Bornstein, D. Held, and J. Krieger (eds.), The State in Capitalist Europe. London: Allen and Unwin.

Keating, M. (1999). The Politics of Modern Europe: The state and political authority in the major democracies (2nd ed.). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing Limited.
Kropotkin, P. (1943). The State: Its Historic Role. London: Freedom Press.
Lenin, V. I. (1954). The State: A Lecture Delivered at the Sverdlov University, July 11, 1919. Moscow: Foreign Languages Publishing House.

Leibfried, S., et al., (eds.), (2015). The Oxford Handbook of Transformations of the State. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Milliband, R. (1969). The State in Capitalist Society. London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson.
Sanderson, J. (1963). 'Marx and Engels on the State', The Western Political Quarterly 16(4): 946-955.

Steinberger, P. J. (2004). The Idea of the State. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Smith, M. J. (2009). Power and the State. Basingstoke; New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
Hislope, R., & Mughan, A. (2012). Introduction to comparative politics: The state and its challenges. Cambridge; New York: Cambridge University Press.
van Creveld, M. (1999). The Rise and Decline of the State. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Assessment Task Instructions:
Core Task: 
To write an argumentative, scholarly essay which, based on secondary reading, offers a clear and considered answer one of the four set questions.
Structure:
The essay should be structured based on standard academic conventions, with a clear introduction and conclusion, with the main body divided up into paragraphs of appropriate length consummate to the argument being made.

Section headings are explicitly not suitable for this task.
Theory and/or task resources required for the assessment:
The essay should follow the class reading list, using a minimum of 3 books / articles from the essential reading list, and 2 books / articles from the further reading list.

The student is strongly recommended to read beyond this minimum number making additional use of the reading list, as well as conducting their own literature searches using recommended reliable search engines and websites (jstor.org, onlinelibrary.wiley.com).
Assessment reference style:
The essay must use a minimum of 5 texts (as outlined in the section previously)

The essay must use the Harvard referencing style with a full bibliography at the end.

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