The Political Crisis of the American State: The Unsustainable State in a Time of Unraveling

Lawrence R. Jacobs, Desmond King

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With the upheaval of the American economic and financial system, a large number of banks and firms are forced to declare bankruptcy while private markets and key industries have collapse as well. These reflect not only an unsustainable collection of government administrative practices and capacities but also question the legitimacy of the American state as a representative of democracy as well. In this chapter, the primary strains surrounding the American state are discussed. It also points out the deep-rooted dysfunctionalism in the operation of the American state's administrative institutions. To be able to understand current financial and economic turmoil occurring, the nature of unsustainability is presented in detail. Situated functionalism value in studying state sustainability is also illustrated.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Unsustainable American State
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780199852543
ISBN (Print)9780195392135
StatePublished - Jul 20 2012

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  • American state
  • Bankruptcy
  • Dysfunctionalism
  • Situated functionalism
  • Unsustainability


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