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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 ...

Introduction
Introduction
Dirk Berg-Schlosser Leonardo Morlino Bertrand Badie
Political Science from a Global Perspective

The concept of politics is an old one, which is present in all cultures, but for a long time it was not subject to systematic scientific inquiry. Instead, for some it designated an art (scholars ‘studying politics', in imperial China as well as in Europe), for others an activity (people ‘playing politics’ at all levels of social life) or a profession and function (as ‘politicians'). Political science progressively emerged from this plurality of meanings and was, in the beginning, discussed mainly in philosophy and the history of political thought. Even though it is misleading to think of a unique essence of politics, the discussion ...

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