PLSC117_13108 - 1/31/2008 8:37:00 AM The Evolution of the...

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31/01/2008 08:37:00 The Evolution of the State There are over 200 independent political actors just in Western Europe in  1500. The process which sates evolved was an evolutionary process. Evolution in  the sense that there was a selection process. There was adaptation- actors  changed the way thet acted in order to survive effectively.  Characters of a “State” (What is meant by a modern state) o 1) States are organizations States are inventions, not “natural” entities. Charles V of Hapsburg (8:54) Europe had maintained a system of competing states for  a long time. (Because of it’s geography it was difficult to  conquer completely) Consists of offices and institutions, not individuals. There are institutional rules for them t pay attention to  what they’re supposed to.  Was “Roman Emperor” an Institutionalized office? Monarchy contradict earlier institutions of Roman  Republic. Power informally vested in individual, not office.  o -> Officially things were run by the Senate.  There were no formal positions for  Augustus. No rules to govern who would  take over after he died (he had personal  prestige and military- no real official power.) No formal limits on powers.
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This note was uploaded on 04/29/2008 for the course PLSC 117 taught by Professor Benjaminfordham during the Spring '08 term at Binghamton University.

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