Strange argues that states themselves have not rendered obsolete. Collectively they are still the most influential and therefore the critical authority sources of authority in the world system. But they are increasingly becoming hollow or defective institution...

Mitchell argues that the boundaries between the state and the society have always been porous, elusive and mobile, which is an indicator of the nature of the state. Neither rejecting the idea of state in favor of some concepts like the political system, nor br...

The chapter examines some of the inconsistencies in the neoutilitarian vision of the state, some of the insights of the classical comparative institutioanlist literature for clues that might help in building an analysis of effective state structures. ---Compar...

O’Donnell starts out by stating that his interest in horizontal accountability stems from its absence and he will mainly focus on those countries that are polyarchies, but have weak horizontal accountability, which in his view are almost all the Latin American...

This study provides a multivariate analysis of a conventional wisdom about relationship between foreign aid and promotion of democracy. Although using data from different sources and employing different statistical methods Knack does not find strong empirical ...