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PSC 1001; Origins of the Modern State

by: Eleanor Parry

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These notes cover the information from the third lecture about the Origins of the Modern State.
Intro to Comparative Politics
Dr. Christopher Mitchell
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Comparative Politics; Political Science; Origins of the Modern State; Modern State
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Date Created: 02/12/16
Key Terms: Social Contract, stationary bandit, mass armies, modernization Modern State Ascendent • Modern state emerges in Europe in 17th and 18th centuries ◦ Pushed out other European forms ◦ Modern states the core of european colonial empires ◦ Rest of world conquered by Europeans or develops modern states • 20th century modern state develops Origins of Modern State • Origin of the State: ◦ Social Contract ◦ Stationary Bandit/Protection Racket • Origin of the Modern State: ◦ "War makes states and states make wars" - Charles Tilly ◦ Most effective forms survive ◦ Modern State most effective ◦ First in Western Europe then rest of world Why Western Europe? • Medieval Europe had many small varied state forms • Population Density and Anarchy • High and increasing population density ◦ Unlike Africa and Americas • Anarchy ◦ No central authority after the Fall of Rome ◦ Unlike China, India, Middle East • Result: Constant Warfare Result of Constant Warfare • Larger States do better than smaller ◦ Territorial Consolidation • More efficient states do better ◦ Centralization of control • Richer States do better ◦ Promotion of rational economic policy ◦ Expansion, sophistication of taxation policy • Mass armies do better ◦ Traditional states rely on mercenaries ◦ States with popular legitimacy can raise mass armies Legitimacy and Strength • Legitimate states can ask more of citizens ◦ Increased tax burden ◦ Increased compliance with laws ◦ Less expenditure on domestic coercion • Legitimate states can raise mass armies ◦ Pre 1800 small professional armies ◦ Feudal lords and mercenaries ◦ Napoleon Post Napoleonic Reforms • States need to raise own mass armies ◦ Therefore need popular legitimacy • Reformation of traditional states ◦ Attention to wider spectrum of population ◦ Shifts from subjects to citizens ◦ Mass suffrage ‣ Democracy ‣ Liberal Authoritarianism State Building Elsewhere • Settler Colonies ◦ America, South Africa, Australia ◦ Large number of Western Europeans settle ‣ Notices eliminated or assimilated ◦ Settlers bring bureaucratic-rational order ‣ Set up government following Western European Model ◦ Creating new modern states • Traditional Empires ◦ Asia ◦ States on the boundaries of Europe ◦ Organized on pre-modern lines ‣ Traditional legitimacy ‣ Bureaucracy, but not rational-legal organization • Resource Extraction colonies Imperial Transformation • Must become modern states to compete with Western Europe • Successful adaptation often painful ◦ Destroy tradition order and remake it • Those that don't adapt disappear State Building in Africa • Pre colonization Weak States • Colonization based on extortion ◦ Borders disregard ethnic divisions ◦ State structures built for extraction • Post colonization neo-patrimonialism ◦ New elites take over attractive structures ◦ No interstate warfare ◦ No incentive to transform into modern states ◦ Mimic the form, but not the function, of modern states. Spillover Effects from Failed States • Havens for crime and terrorism ◦ A problem for neighbors ◦ Increasingly a global problem • Human Rights abuses ◦ Military intervention in Somalia ◦ Refugees flooding into Europe today • Potential for new hostile regimes Challenges of State Building • States make wars and wars make states ◦ But interstate war rare ◦ Domestic conflict much more common ‣ Displace people, more human rights abuses • Is the solution for Africa to build states ◦ Or to move to an alternate model Globalization and the Modern States • Domestically focuses states poorly equipped to handle global challenges ◦ Economic interdependence ◦ Global warming ◦ Pandemics ◦ Rise of non state actors ‣ MNC and interest groups ‣ Terrorist networks and organized crime • Move to supranational governance ◦ Global organizations ◦ Region organizations


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