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Estado, Estado-nação e revolução capitalista

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  • Pereira, Luiz C. Bresser

This paper distinguishes the state (the law system and the organization that guarantees it) from the nation-state or country – the territorial political unit formed by a nation, a state and a territory. Second, it defines nation and civil society, understanding them that the nation and the civil society are the two forms of politically organized society that work as intermediary between society and the state. The formation of the nation-states and the industrial revolution are part of the capitalist revolution. Since that crucial historical transformation takes place in each giving society progress or development follows: the absolute state changes into the liberal one, and the liberal state into the democratic state, whereas the nation and civil society also get less unequal or more 'democratized'. In this historical process the state is the basic instrument of collective action of the nation or of civil society.e

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Paper provided by FGV/EESP - Escola de Economia de São Paulo, Getulio Vargas Foundation (Brazil) in its series Textos para discussão with number 272.

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Date of creation: 05 Nov 2010
Handle: RePEc:fgv:eesptd:272
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