Guilt by association? The hazards of linking the concept of the state with violence

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The last 30 years have seen an increasing acceptance of an apparently ubiquitous link between the state and the use of force, with violence now seen as a defining attribute of the state. Few have questioned this approach, but it constitutes a significant shift that contrasts with that of previous eras, where violence was a symptom of failure. This unquestioned link would appear to be deepening our problems in considering the difficulties facing liberal democracies at the beginning of the twenty-first century.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)293-310
Number of pages18
JournalEuropean Review of History
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2006

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