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AIP783 - Rethinking Government

Unit details

Year2016 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit chair:B Isakhan




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Politics and public policy are organised predominantly by states or played out within or between states. The concept of the state is highly contested, yet central to political science, international relations, history and related disciplines. This unit introduces competing theories of the state, including pluralism, elitism, Marxism, and public choice. Some such theories were associated closely with the great ideological conflicts of the 20th century. More recent thinking such as feminism and green theory extend the contestation over the nature of the state. The purpose of this unit is to explore core themes in the state theory literature, with a particular focus on capitalist societies, to consider the debate about the state in the global knowledge-based; to provide opportunities for debates pertaining to such issues with fellow students and teaching staff; and to stimulate thinking and reading beyond this unit.


Worksheets and exercises, equivalent to 1750 words, 35%

Research essay proposal, 750 words, 15%

Research essay, 2500 words, 50%

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