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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 ...

Hybrid Regimes
Hybrid regimes
Jean-François Gagné Anne-Laure Mahé

Traditionally, the study of political regimes (see Whitehead, Chapter 52, this Handbook) has been dominated by a dichotomy: democracy on the one hand, and autocracy on the other. Few contested cases could be located at the conceptual frontier and everything in between was considered an anomaly. This framework prevailed up until Linz's (1964) work, which opened new research avenues. Later on, a closer look at political regimes in Latin America, sub-Saharan Africa, East Asia and the post-communist space gradually revealed the coexistence of contradictory rules, norms and practices. In some countries, it was found that multiparty elections combined with targeted repression of opposition leaders. How best to describe this ...

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