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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 ...

Helen V. Milner

The academic literature on globalization is enormous. As a major process affecting the globe for the past few decades, globalization has been much studied. This essay touches briefly upon the major themes gleaned from the literature in political science and especially international politics.


Globalization has a number of meanings, but it generally refers to the integration of separate nations, regions, groups, or even individuals into a wider global system. It is characterized by increasing linkages and connections between peoples, organizations, and countries and by growing knowledge of these interactions. This process is a general phenomenon that can include economic, political, social, or cultural integration. From the British School perspective, Held defines globalization as ‘a historical process ...

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