The University of Bremen’s Transformations of the State Collaborative Research Centre (TranState, 2003–14) served as the institutional, intellectual, and administrative home for the preparation of this concluding Handbook. Funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (German Research Foundation) TranState comprised some eighty researchers from all disciplines of the social sciences. Together, they have defined the multi-faceted modern state in four intersecting dimensions: resources, or control of the use of force and revenues; law, or jurisdiction and the courts; legitimacy, or the acceptance of political rule by the populace; welfare, or the facilitation of economic growth and social equality. The Oxford Handbook of the Welfare State (2010) focused on the welfare dimension, and this volume provides a multi-dimensional view of the entire state as a notion of governance and how it has developed under globalization.
The North American partner in this undertaking is the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill Center for European Studies (CES) and European Union Center for Excellence (EUCE). Their mission is to advance understanding of the social, political, economic, and historical events that shape contemporary Europe, in particular the European integration project. Functioning nation states and an unprecedented multilevel, supranational form of statehood constitute the central premise of European integration—and understanding how states around the world have developed under globalization is crucial for that mission. Funding for the project has been provided by the European Union and the United States Department of Education. The contents, however, are the sole responsibility of the contributors and can in no way be taken to reflect the views of the European Union or the United States government.