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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 ...

Political Competition
Political competition
Jennifer Cyr Alexis Work

Studies across comparative politics address political competition as a central factor in their theories. Referred to in myriad ways, the phenomenon plays a role in many processes, from the more obvious ones such as democratization to less intuitive areas, including in autocratic regimes. This review characterizes political competition as that which occurs among political parties within a system of governance, where parties vie to place candidates in positions of political power. With political parties at the center, competition can be evaluated from different angles and at different levels of analysis.

In this overview, we first outline how the concept has been treated historically. We then address, in a non-exhaustive way, ...

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