Context Construction Through Competition: The Prerogative of Public Power, Intermediary Institutions, and the Expansion of Statehood Through Competition

Distinktion: Scandinavian Journal of Social Theory Volume 16, Issue 2, 2015, 146 - 66. Special Issue: A sociology of competition

24 Pages Posted: 17 Oct 2015 Last revised: 30 Jan 2017

Date Written: October 16, 2015

Abstract

This article examines the relationship between the evolution of statehood and competition in the European context. To begin with, a particular take on the evolution of modern political power in the state form in Europe is developed. Against this background, the article reconstructs how the institutionalization of competition as a specific type of policy tool has been used by emerging modern states to establish their authority vis-à-vis competing claims to public authority in society. The article, furthermore, engages in an examination of (neo-)corporatist and governance-based attempts both to curb and to expand the use of competition as a tool for organizing social processes, and the implications of these attempts for the state of statehood.

Keywords: competition, Franz Neumann, state theory, historical sociology, public power, europe, governance, corporatism, neo-corporatism, state

Suggested Citation

Kjaer, Poul F., Context Construction Through Competition: The Prerogative of Public Power, Intermediary Institutions, and the Expansion of Statehood Through Competition (October 16, 2015). Distinktion: Scandinavian Journal of Social Theory Volume 16, Issue 2, 2015, 146 - 66. Special Issue: A sociology of competition. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2675140

Poul F. Kjaer (Contact Author)

Copenhagen Business School ( email )

Solbjerg Plads 3
Frederiksberg C, DK - 2000
Denmark

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