|State and statehood, i.e. the Leviathan, presently manifest themselves in quite different institutional articulations which are embedded in quite different socio-economic formations, too. The author distinguishes the “civilized Leviathan” within the OECD world — a late stage of the modern state — from other types of state characterized by certain structural defects like in the case of “limited statehood” in the non-OECD world. A further type is presently widely discussed as failing or failed state. The distribution of these profiles in the present world as well as the specific requirements of reinforcing statehood as a reaction to globalization are discussed. Implications of this variety of profiles for the emerging structure of world politics and world society are elaborated.
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