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People - States - Territories: The Political Geographies of British State Transformation

People - States - Territories: The Political Geographies of British State Transformation

Rhys Jones

ISBN: 978-1-405-14033-1

Jun 2007, Wiley-Blackwell

232 pages

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$94.95

Description

People/States/Territories examines the role of state personnel in shaping, and being shaped by, state organizations and territories, and demonstrates how agents have actively contributed to the reproduction and transformation of the British state over the long term.

  • A valuable corrective to recent characterizations of territory as a static and given geographical concept
  • An explication of the political geographies of state reproduction and transformation, through its focus on state territoriality and the variegated character of state power
  • Considerable empirical insight into the consolidation of the British state over the long term.
Series Editors’ Preface.

Acknowledgements.

1. Introduction: state personnel and the reproduction of state forms.

2. Analysing an emergent state: state actors and a territorial state apparatus.

Thinking about the state….

Medieval and early modern political theory: conceptualising political authority.

Weber and the bureaucratic machine of the modern state.

The human geographies of strategic-relational state theory.

Exploring the networked state.

Bringing it all together: analysing an emergent state.

3. Peopling the medieval state.

A case of stating the obvious?.

People and the feudal state.

State leaders and the emergence of medieval state forms in the British Isles.

Local government and the validation and contestation of state forms.

The medieval state: different not worse?.

4. Embodying early modern state consolidation.

Peopling the central state apparatus.

The body politic: JPs and the political constitution of England and Wales.

Shaping and steering the local state.

State personnel and the embodiment of early modern state consolidation.

5. The state of high modernity: the age of the inspector.

The nineteenth-century revolution in government.

The age of the inspector.

Leonard Horner and the regulation of factory production.

Embodying a tentative state consolidation.

6. Breaking-up: people and the late modern UK state.

The challenges of executive devolution in the UK.

New devolved organizations, new organizational cultures.

State personnel and the ‘joining up’ of regional governance.

Territorial identities and the reproduction of devolution.

Devolution in prospect.

7. Conclusions: peopling the state.

Bibliography.

Index

"Peoples/States/Territories is an extremely important book. It provides a compelling historical analysis of the British state and will be of interest to geographers, political scientists, historians and sociologists. It is the best account we have on the territorial foundations of British political authority and demonstrates the enormous potential of integrating techniques and ideas from both historical and political geography."
Mike Heffernan, University of Nottingham <!--end-->


"This is an original and well written book that will add significantly to arguments about state formation in the UK. It brings a valuable historical perspective to the debate and turns an overdue spotlight on the role of people in the shaping of state institutions."
Joe Painter, Durham University


  • A novel and agency-centered interpretation of the processes through which the state – as a territorial organization – is reproduced and transformed
  • An insight into the varying relationships that have existed between state organizations, territories and personnel over space and time
  • A valuable corrective to recent characterizations of territory as a static and given geographical concept
  • An explication of the political geographies of state reproduction and transformation, through its focus on state territoriality and the variegated character of state power
  • Considerable empirical insight into the consolidation of the British state over the long term.