I have been writing about the way in which globalization has de-centered the state in emerging systems of behavior management. Backer, Larry Catá, Governance Without Government: An Overview and Application of Interactions Between Law-State and Governance-Corporate Systems in Beyond Territoriality: Transnational Legal Authority in an Age of Globalization (Günther Handl and Joachim Zekoll Editors, Leiden, Netherlands & Boston, MA: Brill Academic Publishers, forthcoming 2012). (March 1, 2010). Penn State Legal Studies Research 10-2010. I have also suggested the ways in which the ideology of the state system itself has contributed to the difficulty of engaging in these changes that effectively threaten the fundamental ordering presumptions inherent in the law-state. Backer, Larry Catá, On the Tension between Public and Private Governance in the Emerging Transnational Legal Order: State Ideology and Corporation in Polycentric Asymmetric Global Orders (April 16, 2012).
The power of the ideology of the state and the current framework for understanding reality through it has been the subject of excellent work by political sociologists and international relations scholars. An excellent recently published article merits close reading: Jan-Hendrik Passoth and Nicholas Rowland, "Actor-Network State: Integrating Actor-Network Theory and State Theory," International Sociology 2010 25: 818-841 (2010).