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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 ...

Executive Power
Executive power
Ferdinand Müller-Rommel Michelangelo Vercesi
Introduction

Executive power exists in all polities. Although ubiquitous in all countries, the concept of executive power has received remarkably little scholarly attention, if key political science handbooks are taken as the reference point. The subject is not well studied because it is difficult to define and to measure. In most studies, executive power is defined as the power of the political executive to make and influence governmental policy. Empirically, it has often coincided with political power tout court (Finer, 1997). In this sense, executive power can be fragmented or centralized, it can variously interact with other forms of social power and it can be channeled through more or less ...

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