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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 ...

Concept Regulation in Political Science
Concept regulation in political science
Zachary Elkins
Introduction

In the early 1970s, a group of enterprising political scientists began to plot the future of their discipline. Their primary frustration was one of vocabulary; specifically, the lack of a standardized set of terms for political things. This frustration is undoubtedly a common one among scientists (or anyone seeking knowledge). Language and thinking are inextricably linked; we use words to think and think to use words. Why should we be surprised, then, at the many intellectual disagreements that are ‘just’ semantic? One solution to this state of affairs is to record common usage of the central terms of the debate. A debatable endpoint of such an exercise would be ...

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