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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 ...

State, Power and Security
State, power and security
Klaus Schlichte Elizaveta Gaufman
Introduction

Both power and security are core terms of most theories of international politics, and both have a history. Beyond their appearance in non-academic discourse, the semantics of the terms are in fact part of the struggle about how to understand and explain politics and international relations from early state theories like Thomas Hobbes’ Leviathan ([1651] 2016) to more recent feminist approaches of Cynthia Enloe (1980, 1990). The use of both concepts is furthermore a reflection of historical experiences and their context-bound reflection. Instead of suggesting all-encompassing definitions of power and security, we find it more rewarding to sketch the genealogy of these terms and consider ...

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