Market State

term from Philip Bobbitt's The ShieldOfAchilles: War, Peace and the Course of History ISBN:0141007559 for what comes after the Nation-State

The Nation-State was defined and legitimated, in part, by its ability to ensure the material well being of its citizens. In contrast, the Market State earns its legitimacy by providing the opportunity to its citizens to advance their own well being. The Nation-State is characterized by top-down, government centric solutions like the Welfare State, that make absolute guarantees about the material outcome of its charges. The Market State simply says: we'll guarantee a set of basic tools and an open playing field, but after that, you're on your own to make of it what you will.

what about the Network State?

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