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States and Collective Action: The European Experience (Hardback)
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States and Collective Action: The European Experience (Hardback)

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Hardback 240 Pages / Published: 07/04/1988
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It has become something of an orthodoxy of contemporary sociology that modern democratic industrial societies are essentially alike, and that they are confronted by uniform challenges, whether industrial (strikes and demonstrations), social (the 'crisis of the welfare state'), or political. In this important collection of studies Professor Birnbaum asserts, however, that the very existence of differentiation, challenge such a hypothesis. Linking historical and sociological investigation, Birnbaum argues that it is only through divergent state-formation that regional and national state variations in, for example, industrial conflict, policing or ideological configuration can be explained. His analysis of the influence of each type of state upon the development of various collective action and mobilisation processes establishes the crucial importance of the state as a quasi-independent variable.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521325486
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 520 g
Dimensions: 228 x 152 x 17 mm


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'Lucid, systematic, and relentless, Pierre Birnbaum never lets his readers slide by with easy generalisations about political processes or their origins. His historically informed work makes all students of state formation and collective action rethink their cherished suppositions.' Charles Tilly, New School for Social Research, New York
'Pierre Birnbaum is at the forefront of comparative-historical work on states and social movements. These creative essays are sure to provoke interest - and arguments - from a broad interdisciplinary audience. It's wonderful to have them in one compact English-language volume.' Theda Skocpol, Department of Sociology, Harvard

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