Jörgen Westerståhl Lecture 2024

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Välkommen på årets Jörgen Westerståhl-föreläsning med professor Anna Grzymala-Busse, Stanford University. Titeln på hennes föreläsning är: The Sacred and Societal Foundations of the State.

10 sep 2024
13:15 - 15:00
Hörsal Dragonen, Sprängkullsgatan 19.

Anna Grzymala-Busse is the Michelle and Kevin Douglas Professor of International Studies in the Department of Political Science, the Director of the Europe Center, and Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute.
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The Sacred and Societal Foundations of the State


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How do states arise? The canonical answer to this question concentrated on historical warfare and international conflict, and the pressure to extract resources to fund war. This was the dominant paradigm until a recent wave of research has refocused our attention on the religious, cultural, and economic underpinnings of the state. In a telling example, the medieval Catholic Church has turned out to be a fundamental force in European state formation. It both competed with medieval monarchs and provided critical templates for governing institutions, the rule of law, and parliamentary representation. In these new accounts of state-building, trade, family law, elite networks, fiscal institutions, and local volunteers all transformed how authority was exercised and legitimated. In ways both direct and attenuated, these forces shaped the long-run development of the state.