- The Oxford Handbook of Transformations of the State
- List of Figures and Tables
- About the Contributors
- Introduction: Transformations of the State
- Changing Perspectives on the State
- Varieties of State Experience
- The Layered State: Pathways and Patterns of Modern Nation State Building
- The Emergence of the New World States
- State Formation and Transformation in Africa and Asia: The Third Phase of State Expansion
- State Theory: Four Analytical Traditions
- Limited Statehood: A Critical Perspective
- State Transformations in Comparative Perspective
- Internationalization and the State: Sovereignty as the External Side of Modern Statehood
- State Transformations among the Affluent Democracies
- Welfare State Transformation: Convergence and the Rise of the Supply-Side Model
- The State and Gender Equality: From Patriarchal to Women-Friendly State?
- From the Positive to the Regulatory State: A Transformation in the Machinery of Governance?
- Migration and the Porous Boundaries of Democratic States
- Plurinational States
- The Changing Architecture of the National Security State
- Transformations of the Democratic State
- The Peculiarities of Post-Communist State Development: Institutional Consolidation and Elite Competition
- The Transformation of the State in Eastern Europe
- Resources as Constraints? Natural Resource Wealth and the Possibility of Developmental States in the Former Soviet Union
- The Transformation of the Russian State
- China: Economic Liberalization, Adaptive Informal Institutions, and Party-State Resilience
- States in the Global South: Transformations, Trends, and Diversity
- Conclusion: States Transforming
- Name Index
- Index of Subjects
Abstract and Keywords
The change from “the positive to the regulatory state” describes a transformation from a state that itself provides many public social services and utilities to its citizens to a state that simply provides the regulatory framework for such services that are rendered by private actors. By “bringing the market back in,” the regulatory state is closely connected to increasing competitive pressures, globalization, and state failure. After a summary of the relevant theories, we give an overview of the development of the regulatory state in the OECD world and look at cross-national and cross-sectoral variation in the trajectories towards the regulatory state, focusing on processes of liberalization, privatization, and re-regulation. The keywords for the normative challenges of this transformation of the state are welfare, equity, and accountability. Increasingly, regulation at the international level is required.
Katharina Holzinger is Professor for International Relations and Political Conflicts in the Department of Politics and Public Administration at the University of Konstanz, Germany.
Susanne K. Schmidt is Professor of Policy Analysis in the Department of Political Science, Faculty Associate in the Institute of Intercultural and International Studies (InIIS), since 2008 Principal Investigator in the Collabo¬rative Research Center on Transformations of the State (TranState, 2003–2014), and faculty member and former Dean of the Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences (BIGSSS, 2007 ff.), all at the University of Bremen, Germany.
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