Summary

  • Creating and maintaining political order is largely the job of the state, which we can define as a set of practices, a set of institutions and as a rather abstract idea.
  • The state is visible in everyday life through a complex assemblage of institutions, practices, people and discourses which provide social order.
  • Most states today are large and complex, and they require more people and more organisations to carry out their functions.
  • The repetition of everyday practices and discourses creates the impression of states as permanent and continuous institutions.

So, what is the state?

Making and remaking the state