State Transformations in OECD Countries

Dimensions, Driving Forces and Trajectories

  • Heinz Rothgang
  • Steffen Schneider

Part of the Transformations of the State book series (TRST)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Steffen Schneider, Heinz Rothgang
      Pages 3-16
  3. Resource Dimension: The Territorial State

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 17-17
    2. Carina Schmitt, Herbert Obinger
      Pages 19-39
    3. Jörg R. Werner, Jochen Zimmermann
      Pages 67-84
  4. Legal Dimension: The Rule of Law

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 85-85
    2. Susanne K. Schmidt, Michael Blauberger, Tilman Krüger
      Pages 107-125
    3. Gralf-Peter Calliess, Hermann B. Hoffmann, Jens Michael Lobschat
      Pages 127-142
  5. Legitimacy Dimension: Democracy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 143-143
    2. Andreas Hepp, Katharina Kleinen-von Königslöw, Swantje Lingenberg, Johanna Möller, Michael Brüggemann, Anke Offerhaus
      Pages 145-165
    3. Sebastian Haunss, Henning Schmidtke, Steffen Schneider
      Pages 167-185
  6. Welfare Dimension: State Intervention

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 187-187
    2. Philipp Knodel, Kerstin Martens, Dennis Niemann
      Pages 207-222
    3. Lorraine Frisina Doetter, Ralf Götze, Achim Schmid, Mirella Cacace, Heinz Rothgang
      Pages 223-245
  7. Conclusion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 247-247
    2. Steffen Schneider, Heinz Rothgang
      Pages 249-264
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 265-317

About this book


The democratic nation state of the post-war era has undergone major transformations since the 1970s, and political authority has been both internationalized and privatized. The thirteen chapters of this edited collection deal with major transformations of governance arrangements and state responsibilities in the countries of the OECD world. A unified conceptual and explanatory framework is used to describe trajectories of state change, to explain the internationalization or privatization of responsibilities in the resource, law, legitimacy and welfare dimensions of the democratic nation state, and to probe the state's role in the today's post-national constellation of political authority. As the contributions show, an unravelling of state authority has indeed occurred, but the state nevertheless continues to play a key role in emerging governance arrangements. Hence it is not merely a 'victim' of globalization and other driving forces of change.


OECD state transformation postnational democracy intervention Nation Policy Transnational transnationalization

Editors and affiliations

  • Heinz Rothgang
    • 1
  • Steffen Schneider
    • 2
  1. 1.Centre for Social Policy ResearchUniversity of BremenGermany
  2. 2.Centre for Social Policy ResearchUniversity of BremenGermany

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