The term state in political analysis connotes a very fundamental significance in the understanding of the happenings taking place in a particular political system. This introductory topic introduces the concept of state with the purpose of making student become familiar with the nature, features and functions of the state. At the end of this topic student should be able to define a State, elaborate its distinctive features and explain how sovereign a state can be. In addition, student should be able to demonstrate knowledge regarding the origin of the state and theories of the state.
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