POL1101B-What does the State mean for you (3).docx

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What does the State mean for you? Where do you experience the state in your everyday life? What is a state? Another “essentially contested concept” Weber classic definition A compulsory political organization with continuous operations will be called a ‘state’ insofar as its administrative staff successfully upholds the claims to the monopoly of the legitimate use of force in the enforcement of its order Instead of competing sources of authority such as the church, lords, etc the state is main source Legitimate force-acceptable source of violence State and coercion Why associate the state with coercion and violence? What kind? Armies, Marshall Law, Police Force Historical o Creation of state and monopoly colonialism External o Colonialism o War Internal o Coercive capacity of the law o Police Beyond Violence and Coercion Look beyond violence o Monopoly (usually) better than civil war (Hobbes’ Point) o Pacification
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