By providing a unique combination of theories on the state, on territoriality and on governance, The Disoriented State explores the relationship between state governmentality and specific forms of policy making.
The Disoriented State begins with a theorisation of these new modes of territoriality, governmentality and governance by three prominent scholars in the field: Neil Brenner, Phil Cerny and Bob Jessop. This is followed by a series of in-depth case studies which manifest the variety as well the various forms of co-constitution between state governmentality, new modes of governance and policy-making, focusing on migration, spatial economic policy, city-marketing, urban development, water management and environmental policy.
Provides a new perspective on a very topical debate, that is the future of the nation state
Contributes to the broad literature on governance
Critically discusses and enriches the debate on territoriality and governmentality of the state
Combines and interweaves sophisticated, theoretical and detailed empirical accounts
Covers an interdisciplinary and interesting range of policy domains dealing with spatial and environmental issues