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2 The monopoly of legitimate force: denationalization, or business as usual

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  17 March 2005

Abstract

As Max Weber and many others in his tradition have argued, the monopoly of the legitimate use of physical force is the core of the modern state. What counts here is not the frequency of the actual use of force but the fact that only the state has the legitimate right to use such force. The military and the police are the most concrete expressions of this monopoly. In recent decades, the use of the military and the police has been subject to external challenges – ‘globalization’ – and new ideas about police and military intervention. Although at an operational level the state retains full control over the actions of the police and military, the conditions for their use are increasingly shaped by institutionalized legitimating ideas.

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The modern territorial state: limits to internationalization of the state's resources
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© Academia Europaea 2005

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