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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 ...

Regulation
Regulation
David Levi-Faur Yael Kariv-Teitelbaum

Regulation – that is, rulemaking, rule-monitoring and rule-enforcement – is both a key policy and legal instrument and a pillar of the institutions that demarcate our political, social and economic lives. It appears in diverse forms with varying degrees of costs and benefits to society in general and certain groups of beneficiaries in particular. It plays restrictive, empowering and constitutive roles and thus shapes the distribution of power in society in many arenas. Despite the efforts to deregulate or curtail it, regulation is here to stay. However, regulation is also a pillar that makes our democracy what it is. Transparency and accountability, not to mention the electoral process, are all inherently ...

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