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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 ...

Politics and Policy
Politics and policy
Giliberto Capano
Policy and Politics: Same Object, Two Words, Two Disciplines?

The definition of concepts and the adoption of specific terms represent the first steps of any scientific undertaking. Defining the phenomenon to be studied in one way rather than in another may radically influence the theoretical perspective through which politics is analyzed. Different definitions correspond to different ways of conducting the Science of Politics (Lowi, 1992). In Political Science, the ‘mother’ of all definitions is the definition of the political phenomenon, and this intrinsically involves the dyad represented by politics and policy.

The distinction between politics and policy is not a simple one to establish. There is not only a linguistic problem – that is, that ...

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