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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 ...

Daniel-Louis Seiler

The word ‘party’ refers to one of the oldest concepts used in modern political science. Its use in historical, philosophical or polemical vocabulary first appeared in the 17th century with the memoirs of Cardinal de Retz in France, Viscount Bolingbroke in England and, above all, David Hume, who, in the early 18th century, initiated what was to become the analysis of parties. Nonetheless, the word has been used since the Middle Ages to refer to the opposite sides in a civil war, for example. Even the etymology of the word party is telling: party, ‘parti’ in French, ‘partei’ in German, ‘partido’ in Spanish and even ‘partia’ in Russian and Polish and in many other languages – derived ...

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