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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 ...

The New Wars
The new wars
Herfried Münkler
A Fundamental Change in War and Warfare

The new wars theorem states that war is undergoing a fundamental change: according to it, wars between states and the structural separation of state war and civil war are now a historically outdated model (see David, Chapter 83, this Handbook). The expectation, commonly held after the end of the East–West conflict, that war would become a historically outdated model, has proved to be false. In no sense can it be said that an order of general and lasting peace has emerged, as indicated in the UN Charter; rather, war has either survived in a changed form or has returned to the political order in a new form. ...

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