Political Science

2211 - The Politics of State Violence - Section 1

Max Weber says: “a state is a human community that (successfully) claims the monopoly of the legitimate use of physical force within a given territory” and politics means “striving to share power or striving to influence the distribution of power, either among states or among groups within a state”. Based on these foundations, this course addresses constitutional and non-constitutional state systems. It discusses the limits of using violence in democratic and non-democratic ones, how law is enforced and / or manipulated. Use of violence is examined by referring to different states’ behavior, how violence is deployed in their internal and external policies. Different forms of state violence (political violence, judicial violence, genocide, ..) are examined. Also, issues such as structural inequalities and the incorporation of new technologies of violent governance are analyzed. This course brings theory to practice by linking theories of violence to empirical cases derived from different contexts.

Teacher: Amneh Badran