The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics

2018 Edition
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Economic Theory of the State

  • R. Jessop
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The basic forms, social functions, institutional boundaries and legitimating principles of states vary across historical epochs and also differ among specific regimes in the same epoch. This makes it difficult (some would even say impossible) to develop a theory which applies to all states – whether in general or simply in their economic aspects. This entry limits itself to some economic aspects of the capitalist state.

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