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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 ...

Governance
Governance
Carlos R. S. Milani
Introduction

In 1975, a major report on the governability of democracies was published by the Trilateral Commission. This report was based on the hypothesis that governability problems, at least in Western Europe, Japan and the United States, would be related to the cleavage between the increase in social demands on the one hand, and the lack of the state's financial, managerial and human capacities and resources on the other. In a more general perspective, the report argues that the political crisis in developed societies is due to the acceleration of technological progress and the complexity of their social fabric, conditions to which traditional public management could not respond properly. As a result, the authors recommended ...

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