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date: 05 March 2021

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States outside the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) appear to display ‘limited statehood’ when measured against an idealized image of statehood. This general statement, however, conceals multiple dynamics of state domination. Discussions about these dynamics have been centred around concepts like neopatrimonialism, the developmental state, and post-socialism. There are now two main tendencies regarding how states currently change: either they revive as developmental states, or they become increasingly internationalized sites of rule, which can be labelled internationalized states. Various kinds of agencies are then involved in politics, but it might be a euphemism to label all of this ‘governance’, since these complex changes are full of contradictions and power competition.

Keywords: state, state theory, neopatrimonialism, post-socialism, developmental state, Max Weber

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