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State or Democracy First? Alternative Perspectives on the State-Democracy Nexus


Sebastián Mazzuca


EPyG - UNSAM

Gerardo L. Munck


University of Southern California

August 25, 2013


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This paper addresses the nexuses between democracy, understood in minimal procedural terms, and three key aspects of the state: the state as a political center with a monopoly of the use of violence over a population within a given territory, the state as a political center which rules over a population that has a sense of nationhood, and the state as a political center that delivers public goods beyond political order, such as economic and social welfare. We consider two perspectives on these state-democracy nexuses: one that holds that, to ensure that democratization is successful and democracy enduring, various challenges pertaining to the state must be tackled before the democracy question is addressed; another that posits that the challenges pertaining to the state can be addressed in the course of a process of democratization or through democratic procedures. And we conclude that the oft-repeated proposition “no state, no democracy” is at best only partially true and many of its derivations are false. Indeed, “no democracy, no state” is a more plausible claim and one that is especially relevant in the contemporary period.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 28

Keywords: state, democracy, democratization, nationalism, administration

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Date posted: August 26, 2013 ; Last revised: September 3, 2013

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Mazzuca, Sebastián and Munck, Gerardo L., State or Democracy First? Alternative Perspectives on the State-Democracy Nexus (August 25, 2013). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2315927 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2315927

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Sebastián Mazzuca
EPyG - UNSAM ( email )
25 de Mayo y Francia
C.P. 1650
San Martín, Prov. de Buenos Aires
Argentina
Gerardo L. Munck (Contact Author)
University of Southern California ( email )
Los Angeles, CA 90089
United States
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