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International Journal of Sociology of Agriculture and Food

Published by Michigan State University

Official publication of the Research Committee on Sociology of Agriculture and Food (RC-40)
of the International Sociological Association (ISA)

Editors: Raymond Jussaume, Claire Marris and Katerina Psarikidou

Frequency: 3 issues per year 
ISSN: 0798-1759

Volume 4 (1994)

State and Devolution: Economic Crises and the Devolution of U.S. Superstate Power                                                        47-63

Author: Robert Schaeffer
Affiliation: Department of Environmental Studies, San José State University, San José, CA, USA

Abstract             PDF

This paper examines the incorporation of superstate power by U.S. state organizations after World War Two and the subsequent 'devolution' or transfer of U.S. authority to superstate organizations in response to contemporary economic crisis. After analyzing the crises that let to the devolution of U.S. agricultural and monetary authority, the paper discusses the implication of these developments for a theory of states in the interstate system, arguing that the seizure of state power may no longer be a useful or relevant objective for social movements.

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