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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 ...

Regime Change
Regime change
Laurence Whitehead
A Foundational Topic

The study of regime structures and regime types, and therefore also of regime change, is an essential theme within the field of comparative politics. Such basic normative categories as despotism, oligarchy, dictatorship, democracy and mixed constitutionalism (see Schlumberger and Schedler, Chapter 42; Gagné and Mahé, Chapter 47 this Handbook) can be traced over millenia to the very begin-ning of theorizing about politics. Aristotle also originated the comparative empirical analysis of the Greek polities of his time. Since then both normative and empirical comparisons of varieties of political rule extended from city states to agrarian empires, pre-industrial civilizations, European colonial systems and eventually modern nation states. After the end of the Cold War the ...

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