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Theories of the State [Paperback]

Brendan O'Leary , Patrick G. Dunleavy
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Oct 1989
This is the first accessible, systematic study of the five schools of thought that dominate modern political science in the West.
--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: New Amsterdam Books (Oct 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0941533123
  • ISBN-13: 978-0941533126
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,292,958 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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...a model of clear organization. Environment and Planning --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Patrick Dunleavy is a professor from the London School of Economics (LSE) in the fields of public policy and government. Some of his other work includes Digital Era Governance: IT Corporations, the State, and EGovernment, Government on the Web, and Democracy, Bureaucracy and Public Choice. He lives in Milton Keynes. Brendan O'Leary is an Irish political scientist, who is Lauder Professor of Political Science and Director of the Solomon Asch Center for the Study of Ethnopolitical Conflict at the University of Pennsylvania. He was formerly a professor at the London School of Economics. He is the author of numerous influential books about the Northern Ireland conflict, many of them coauthored with John McGarry. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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1.0 out of 5 stars Inaccessible and draining 12 Mar 2002
By A Customer
I am a politics student at degree level, both my colleagues and myself found this textbook to be draining and inaccessible. The important sections of text are often surrounded by irrelevant narrative and the book suffers from a quality that should afflict no textbook, it is over complex and academically esoteric in its vocabulary and construction. I would not recommend this book for anyone but the most keen intellect.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A must for all aspiring Politics Student 6 Nov 2001
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An extremely useful text book outlining the different theories of the state in a form suitable for both University and A-level students. Topics include Pluralism, Liberalism, Marxism, the New Right and other contemporary angles on Political life. The history of each theory is explained including past and present theorists who have contributed in the evolution of political opinion. Extremely handy Also for JOurnalism students (Or anyone) who wish to enhance their understanding of the political sphere and the reasons behind the resent momentum gathered by pressure groups and both neo-national socialism and feminism.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Adequate, but could benefit from better layout 4 Mar 1999
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An adequate introduction to the various theories by which liberal democracies may be described. Having used this as part of my politics course, I can't help but feel that it lacks substance and suffers from a poor layout. Considering the fact that this is a textbook targeted at novices in political science, more effort might have been made in producing learning aids and a more comprehensive bibliography.
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