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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 ...

Anna Bassi

Social sciences have long been thought to be non-experimental disciplines. However, as history has taught us, disciplines are not inherently experimental, but become so when theoretical concepts develop in a way to be suitable for controlled manipulation. In the early 17th century, Galileo Galilei began to conduct physics experiments because theoretical concepts such as force and mass had become well defined and easy to control and manipulate. Similarly, in the early 20th century, psychology became an experimental science when psychologists started to develop theories about how different stimuli could affect individual behavior. With their similar focus on individual behavior, the disciplines of economics and political science soon followed. As was the case for psychologists, political scientists have ...

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