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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 ...

In Search of the Non-Western State: Historicising and De-Westphalianising Statehood
In search of the non-western state: historicising and de-westphalianising statehood
Mohammad-Mahmoud Ould Mohamedou
Introduction

The full genealogy of the state has not yet been the subject of a proper universal inquiry. Discussion of the notion of statehood around the world remains fundamentally derivative of a Western understanding of what the state is and what it can and should be (see also Zartman, Chapter 56, or Roller, Chapter 55, this Handbook). Because of a dominant Western claim to universality, discussion of the wider ambit of statehood, when present, is limited to a discussion among Western scholars of different disciplines and their historical influence on and centrality over the international debate on the ...

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