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This enumerating of the different state theories is not complete, however it contains the most influential theories.


Ethical theory

The state has the task to organize the living together of humans as well as possible. Everyone should exercise the activity, which he or she can do best.

Power theory

The state is a logical consequence of the practice of power.

Welfare state theory

The state has to provide welfare for its citizens.

Law theory

The state is based on an original establishment by contract.

Christion state

The state has to establish the rule of God on earth.

Socialist state

The state serves the collective well-being, thus well-being of the public.

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