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The Changing Architecture of Politics
Structure, Agency and the Future of the State



February 1990 | 288 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
A landmark study in the field of political science, The Changing Architecture of Politics charts the profound structural changes taking place in the late twentieth-century state. Looking at both theory and practice, Cerny argues that political structures--states in the broadest sense--are the key to understanding both the history and the future of modern politics. Included for discussion are such salient topics as the problem of locating institutional and structural theory within political and social science, how to describe and classify the main elements of political structures, and a penetrating analysis of the structured action field that lies at the crossroads of political structuration. In addition, he explores several core areas in practice, including how states will operate in the next century and how states will interact with the manifold changes in social and economic processes--at both the domestic and international levels. Through his masterly portrayal of the architecture of contemporary politics, Cerny lays the foundations for an understanding of new political structures that are needed if the pursuit of human values is to continue into the next century. As such, this fascinating volume will appeal to all those interested in the paradigms of political and social science, whether from a purely theoretical or from a more empirical standpoint. "This is the best introduction available in English to contemporary academic discussions about the purpose and prospects of applying the comparative method to political science. Cerny's book is comprehensive in scope and accomplishes three, quite rare tasks: it brings together material on North America, Western Europe, and Japan; it combines theories of comparative politics and international relations; it pays equal attention to systems of party competition and of interest intermediation, although its primary focus is upon the state. Philip Cerny has produced a tour de force, an intelligent, erudite, and comprehensive text that cuts decisively through artificial barriers within the discipline." --Political Science Quarterly
 
Preface and Introduction
 
PART ONE: THE PRINCIPLES OF POLITICAL STRUCTURATION: STRUCTURE, AGENCY, AND THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE MODERN STATE
 
Political Structuration and Political Science
 
The Elements of Political Structure
 
Patterns of Agency
Markets, Hierarchies and Political Allocation

 
 
The Modern State at the Crossroads
Structuring the Field of Political Action

 
 
PART TWO: CHANGING PATTERNS OF POLITICAL STRUCTURATION AND THE FUTURE OF THE STATE
 
The Limits of Political Power
Personal Leadership and Party Systems

 
 
The State and Interest Intermediation
Patterns of Collaborative Behaviour

 
 
The Paradox of Civil Society
De-differentiation and Re-differentiation in the Contemporary State

 
 
Transnational Structures and the State Responses
From the Welfare State to the Competition State

 
 
Epilogue
Political Structuration and Political Ideas in the 21st Century

 

`In my view, it is the best introduction available in English to contemporary academic discussions about the purpose and prospects of applying the comparative method to political science.... Cerny's book is comprehensive in scope and accomplishes three quite rare tasks: it brings together material on North America, Western Europe and Japan... it combines theories of comparative politics and international relations; it pays equal attention to systems of party competition and of interest intermediation, although its primary focus is upon the state.... Philip Cerny has produced a tour de force, an intelligent, erudite and comprehensive text that cuts decisively through artificial barriers within the discipline' - Political Science Quarterly

`Philip Cerny has written a superb analysis of the changing conditions of statehood' - Canadian Journal of Political Science

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