Political Development of the World System: A Formal Quantitative Analysis

HISTORY & MATHEMATICS: HISTORICAL DYNAMICS AND DEVELOPMENT OF COMPLEX SOCIETIES, P. Turchin, L.E. Grinin, V.C. de Munck and A.V. Korotayev, eds., pp. 63–114, Moscow, KomKniga, 2006

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Leonid Grinin

National Research University Higher School of Economics; Eurasian Center for Big History & System Forecasting; Volgograd Center for Social Research

Andrey Korotayev

Russian State University for the Humanities

Date Written: 2006

Abstract

As the main evolving political unit of the World System is the state, it becomes necessary to begin our article with a discussion of the relevant set of definitions regarding the evolutionary sequence of state types. Some scholars are "suspicious" to the very idea of identifying stages within any processes; in fact, it is not unusual for them to directly contrast the notion of "process" with "stages" as mutually exclusive. However, we agree with Carneiro that the opposition of process to stages is a false dichotomy, as stages are nothing else but continuous episodes of a continuous process, whereas the notion of process can be used for the development of the notion of stages. When the development of statehood in the framework of the overall historical process is analyzed, two main stages are usually identified: the ones of the early state and those of the mature state. However, when we try to apply this scheme to the political development of the World System, it becomes evident that in no way is this scheme complete.

Keywords: state, developed state, mature state, territory controlled

Suggested Citation

Grinin, Leonid and Korotayev, Andrey, Political Development of the World System: A Formal Quantitative Analysis (2006). HISTORY & MATHEMATICS: HISTORICAL DYNAMICS AND DEVELOPMENT OF COMPLEX SOCIETIES, P. Turchin, L.E. Grinin, V.C. de Munck and A.V. Korotayev, eds., pp. 63–114, Moscow, KomKniga, 2006. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1527406

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