Context Construction Through Competition: The Prerogative of Public Power, Intermediary Institutions, and the Expansion of Statehood Through Competition

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    This article examines the relationship between the evolution of statehood and competition in the European context. To begin with, a particular take on the evolution of modern political power in the state form in Europe is developed. Against this background, the article reconstructs how the institutionalization of competition as a specific type of policy tool has been used by emerging modern states to establish their authority vis-à-vis competing claims to public authority in society. The article, furthermore, engages in an examination of (neo-)corporatist and governance-based attempts both to curb and to expand the use of competition as a tool for organizing social processes, and the implications of these attempts for the state of statehood.
    Udgave nummer2
    Sider (fra-til)146-166
    Antal sider21
    StatusUdgivet - 2015


    • Competition
    • Corporatism
    • Franz Neumann
    • Governance
    • Neo-corporatism
    • Public power
    • State-building
    • State theory