1. What are the most important areas that the state-centric approach differs from the earlier major perspectives on state? Do you think this approach is better than the others? Explain why or why not.
2. What are the grounds for legitimating rule (power) according to Weber in Politics as a Vocation? Explain the differences among those according to Weber. Which one do you think explain the legitimate rule of modern states best?
3. What is the role of taxation in the formation of modern states? Explain, based on your readings or class discussions of at least one relevant scholar on the process of how tax collection paved the way for the emergence of modern states?