… a core term used in Governance and Institutions and Atlas100


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.”

Atlas topic, subject, and course

The Study of Governance and Institutions (core topic) in Governance and Institutions and Atlas100 Governance and Institutions.

Source, at, 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, accessed 2 August 2016.

Max Weber, 1922, Economy and Society, 2: 56.

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