Merriam-Webster defines state as “a politically organized body of people usually occupying a definite territory … the political organization of such a body of people.”
Michael Atkinson cites Max Weber (references below) in describing the state as consisting of “those political institutions that together comprise a system of order that claims a monopoly on the exercise of coercive power and the authority to issue determinations that are binding on all of those living within a prescribed territory.”
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Merriam-Webster.com, at http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/state, accessed 5 August 2016.
Atkinson, Michael, 1993. Governing Canada: Institutions and Public Policy, pp. 5-10. Toronto: Harcourt, Brace and Co. In formulating his definition of institutions, Atkinson cites Fritz Scharpf, 1989, “Decision Rules, Decision Styles and Policy Choices,” Journal of Theoretical Politics, vol. 1, no. 2, 149-176, at http://jtp.sagepub.com/content/1/2/149.short, accessed 2 August 2016.
Max Weber, 1922, Economy and Society, 2: 56.
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