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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 ...

Bo Rothstein
Corruption and the Political Science Discipline

Since the mid 1990s, many international aid and development organizations have become interested in issues related to the problem of corruption. Since corruption tends to be a sensitive issue, the ‘coded language’ for this policy re-orientation has been to stress the importance of ‘good governance'. In academic circles, concepts such as ‘institutional quality', ‘quality of government’ and ‘state capacity’ have also been used. However, a central problem in this discussion is a serious lack of conceptual precision (Rothstein and Varraich, 2017). Moreover, until the late 1990s, the interest in researching political corruption in political science and related disciplines, such as public administration and policy analysis, was very modest. As shown in Figure ...

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