• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

The British State - Sociology-Power and Politics.

Extracts from this document...


The British State Sociology-Power and Politics The state is defined as "a set of social institutions, concerned with passing laws, implementing and administering these laws and providing a legal machinery to enforce compliance with these laws." The state enjoys a monopoly of legitimate force in a given area and most of the time, laws are upheld. The UK State is made up of the diversity of social institutions. I.e. the PM, Cabernet, Civil Service, Judiciary, Parliament, etc. Britain does not have a written constitution unlike other countries. With no written constitution, changes are easier to make. Powers of the government are wide, since no written boundary to power exists. E.g. 1972 the government introduced a bill to increase army power in Northern Ireland. ...read more.


1/3 of all workforces is state employed. This figure has reduced due to contracting out and privatization. The fourth power being control over land. The state can compulsorily buy land, regulate use of land, change the use of land, and change the value of land. E.g. the M40 The fifth power of the state is through economic policy. The state is a major investor and producer of goods and services. It influences decisions such as inflation, exchange rates, interest rates, unemployment etc. the state is a powerful set of independent institutions. It also plays and international role. I.e. the European Union, the International military fund (IMF). The state is also divided internally into national area's (Scotland and Wales) ...read more.


E.g. Scotland Looking at the implication of Globalisation, a major impact is governments find it hard to regulate and control their own economies. Power can create fragmentation as diverse cultures are brought together, chance of war and conflicts are on the increase. Critics argue the UN is unsuccessful such as in Bosnia. Multi nations are country based and are regulated by governments where as Trans- nationals are 'foot loose' and operate on what best suites them. Because of population diversity, identities of these have been lost but the state still has a key role in terms of democratic legitimacy. Globalisation has created worldwide relations linking areas together, a worldwide interaction as technology is improving all the time, interaction becomes more easier and accessible. Richer countries tend to export more therefore governments cant compete with Trans nationals. The state has changed shape and needs closer liaison with other states such as USA. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level UK, European & Global Economics section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level UK, European & Global Economics essays

  1. Where does the World Trade Organisation fit in the overall scheme of international public ...

    References to special and differential treatment are sprinkled liberally throughout the Ministerial Declaration and reaffirmed as "an integral part of the WTO Agreements". They appear to encompass a ragbag of non (or less) reciprocal, preferential concessions, longer transition periods, technical assistance and related capacity building exercises, and (extra)

  2. Globalization is creating rapid and worldwide changes in communication, politics, and patterns of human ...

    It would give them some ideas of what to expect and not expect when they visit these countries. It reveals some details about how that particular country's way of life is similar and different from the United States.

  1. Asia politics

    Because they did not have strong leaders they became more incompetent which in turn caused them to hire more incompetent leaders, causing the government to slowly spiral down. Corruption was out of control. High officials were receiving gifts from low officials.

  2. International trade - In this case I choose the country Canada. When doing a ...

    costs * No tariffs or other trade barriers * The theory also says that the traded goods are identical * Buyers and sellers know where the cheapest internationally goods can be found Using this theory, international trade allows both countries to enjoy more of the both goods.

  1. Dispute Resolution in Ireland

    fidelity to those basic principles yet is sufficiently flexible to meet the demands of new social problems. Most tax, labor, environment, health and safety, and other laws are compatible with European Union regulations, and they do not adversely affect investment.

  2. What difference does globalisation make to sociology?

    There are various sociological understandings of globalisation. There is no one theoretical perspective enough to understand what is going on. The key questions in sociology are to understand social change and to understand the relationship between the individual and the collective.

  1. By the mid nineteenth century, Britain had been the world's strongest economic power for ...

    there is also little agreement amongst historians as to what constitutes a particular characteristic. Schumpeter's concept of innovation, for example, is that it has to be something unique, which has never been done before. "Entrepreneurship in the Schumptererian theory therefore involved being different, engaging in deviant behaviour, trusting one's own

  2. Emergency Economic Recovery Program From the United Nations International Report, Vol. I, no. A1

    sector and to encourage financial institutions and the private sector to play a leading role in financing the reactivation of economic activity. The operational and supervisory capacity of the Central Bank must be strengthened. The reserve requirement should be lowered and interest rates liberalized.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work