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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 ...

Comparative Political Theory
Comparative political theory
Siddharth Mallavarapu
Introduction

Let me begin with two stories. My hope is that they serve as an invitation to start thinking about the place, dilemmas and value of comparative political theory (CPT) as a distinct scholarly enterprise (see Cerutti, Chapter 9, this Handbook). I briefly recount these stories here merely with the intent of gesturing to concerns that are germane to CPT. These stories tell us much if we are willing to listen. They hold a mirror to encounters with texts, ideas and authors from other parts of the world. They hint at how these encounters touch us in more ways than we can imagine. They goad us to step out of familiarity and stumble, initially ...

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