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The SAGE Handbook of Political Science presents a major retrospective and prospective overview of the discipline. Comprising three volumes of contributions from expert authors from around the world, the handbook aims to frame, assess and synthesize research in the field, helping to define and identify its current and future developments. It does so from a truly global and cross-area perspective. Chapters cover a broad range of aspects, from providing a general introduction to exploring important subfields within the discipline. Each chapter is designed to provide a state-of-the-art and comprehensive overview of the topic by incorporating cross-cutting global, interdisciplinary, and, where this applies, gender perspectives. The Handbook is arranged over seven core thematic sections: Part 1: Political Theory; Part 2: Methods; Part 3: Political Sociology; Part ...

The New Institutionalism in Political Science
The new institutionalism in political science
B. Guy Peters Jon Pierre

Institutionalism has been the foundation of political science. For many ancient political philosophers such as Aristotle, the assumption was that constructing institutions was the way in which to control human behavior and shape the outputs of governance. The same arguments for the importance of institutional structures persisted in political philosophers and analysts such as Hobbes, Locke, Montesquieu and numerous others. In the past, to think about politics and government was to think about institutions, often in the context of the institutions of the State.

As political science began to differentiate itself from moral philosophy, another version of the ‘old institutionalism’ ...

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