Featuring accessible, relevant case studies of four key periods in the transformation of the state within Britain, this book focuses specifically on: the medieval process of state formation in Wessex, north–west Scotland, and north Wales; the consolidation of state organizations that took place in England and Wales during the early modern period; the peopling of a state– and territorially–organized process of government inspection in the nineteenth century in the north of England; and the territorial, organizational and peopled contexts for the current process of devolution being experienced in the UK.
1. Introduction: state personnel and the reproduction of state forms.
2. Analysing an emergent state: state actors and a territorial state apparatus.
Thinking about the state .
Medieval and early modern political theory: conceptualising political authority.
Weber and the bureaucratic machine of the modern state.
The human geographies of strategic–relational state theory.
Exploring the networked state.
Bringing it all together: analysing an emergent state.
3. Peopling the medieval state.
A case of stating the obvious?.
People and the feudal state.
State leaders and the emergence of medieval state forms in the British Isles.
Local government and the validation and contestation of state forms.
The medieval state: different not worse?.
4. Embodying early modern state consolidation.
Peopling the central state apparatus.
The body politic: JPs and the political constitution of England and Wales.
Shaping and steering the local state.
State personnel and the embodiment of early modern state consolidation.
5. The state of high modernity: the age of the inspector.
The nineteenth–century revolution in government.
The age of the inspector.
Leonard Horner and the regulation of factory production.
Embodying a tentative state consolidation.
6. Breaking–up: people and the late modern UK state.
The challenges of executive devolution in the UK.
New devolved organizations, new organizational cultures.
State personnel and the joining up of regional governance.
Territorial identities and the reproduction of devolution.
Devolution in prospect.
7. Conclusions: peopling the state.
"This is an original and well written book that will add significantly to arguments about state formation in the UK. It brings a valuable historical perspective to the debate and turns an overdue spotlight on the role of people in the shaping of state institutions."Joe Painter, Durham University