Learning outcomes

By the end of this unit you will be able to understand:

  • the degree to which states’ claims to legitimacy are recognised and acknowledged by individuals and groups varies in time and space

  • how a shared experience of ambivalence to or alienation from the state may produce critical political perspectives on the state, both reformist and radical

  • how one critical tradition, the tradition of political anarchism, contends that it is possible and desirable to have an ordered society without the institutions of the state

Encounters with the state