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Origin, history, and properties of the modern state.
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The modern state dominates the political sphere. This article gives some definitions and concepts of what the modern state is, as derived from academic studies and books.
  
 
== Properties ==
 
== Properties ==
  
As identified by Wael Hallaq, the following are the essential form-properties of the modern state.
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As identified by Wael Hallaq, the following are the essential form-properties of the modern state. What this means is that all modern states fulfill all 5 of these properties, and if a polity does not have any one of them, it does not count as a modern state. Of course, this does not mean that states do not change and evolve over time; they do, but within their particular paradigm.
  
 
=== The State as a Historical Product ===
 
=== The State as a Historical Product ===
  
The state is a product of history, and must be understood as such.
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The state is a product of history, and must be understood as such. It came about in Europe in the 18th and 19th centuries, shaped by the social, economic, and political conditions that existed in Europe at the time, as well as Europe's relations to the outside world via colonialism. This is also why Euro-America have the most successful, well-established states and the rest of the world has not followed as successfully.
  
 
=== Sovereignty ===
 
=== Sovereignty ===

Revision as of 22:39, 10 April 2020

The modern state dominates the political sphere. This article gives some definitions and concepts of what the modern state is, as derived from academic studies and books.

Properties

As identified by Wael Hallaq, the following are the essential form-properties of the modern state. What this means is that all modern states fulfill all 5 of these properties, and if a polity does not have any one of them, it does not count as a modern state. Of course, this does not mean that states do not change and evolve over time; they do, but within their particular paradigm.

The State as a Historical Product

The state is a product of history, and must be understood as such. It came about in Europe in the 18th and 19th centuries, shaped by the social, economic, and political conditions that existed in Europe at the time, as well as Europe's relations to the outside world via colonialism. This is also why Euro-America have the most successful, well-established states and the rest of the world has not followed as successfully.

Sovereignty

The state doesn't answer to anyone other than itself.

Monopoly On Legitimate Violence

This includes the threat of violence also.

Bureaucracy

On a scale never seen before in human history and civilization.

Production of the Citizen

Citizenship is a peculiar thing when you think about it.

Further Reading

The Impossible State.