Overload Theory

Discipline: Political Science

Application of crisis theory to the modern state.

Modern states have more demands made upon them than they can meet. They are, by analogy with machines, overloaded and break down, or inefficiency results.

The Left sees overload as a failure of capitalism; the Right of welfare socialism.

Source:
Geoffrey Roberts and Alistair Edwards, A New Dictionary of Political Analysis (London, 1991)

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