Geography and the state: an essay in political geography.

R. J. Johnston

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An understanding of the functions, cost and influence of the state is at the heart of political geography. Having focussed on the territorial division of the earth's surface into sovereign units, and the actions taken by those groups and individuals who make decisions within the state apparatus, the author outlines how the concept of the state, its organisation and territory, came to evolve and develop. Chapters examine the state's relationships with the process of accumulation in capitalist countries, analyse the relationships between a state and its population, and describe the local state. The state derivation version of the structuralist perspective is interwoven with use of the pluralist, managerialist and instrumentalist perspectives. -J.Sheail

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGeography and the state: an essay in political geography.
PublisherMacmillan Critical Human Geography Series
ISBN (Print)0333289692, 0333289706
Publication statusPublished - 1982


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