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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 ...

Regionalism
Regionalism
Louise Fawcett
Introduction

The start of the 21st century affirms the importance and enduring relevance of regionalism in world politics. This contradicts the views of sceptics who, since 1945, have viewed the prospects of regionalism as limited, reversible or epiphenomenal. Its significance is evident in the vast array of regional organizations around the world touching all world regions and the extent of their activity from peace operations and cyber security to human rights and environmental protection. It is also evident in the vast academic production related to its study (Soderbaum, 2016; Parthenay, 2019). However, the panorama of regionalism has changed: there is huge diversity in the practices of regionalism – from the longstanding EU project, to the African Peace and ...

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