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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 ...

International Violence
International violence
Karim Emile Bitar Charles Thibout
Introduction

International violence is a dynamic concept, the meaning and implications of which evolve as international relations evolve. In the Westphalian world, the states held the monopoly of legitimate internal and external violence, so that international violence and interstate violence were intertwined (see Schlichte and Gaufman, Chapter 81, this Handbook). However, since the phenomenon of globalization, the emergence of transnational actors and networks, and especially of violent entrepreneurs like Al-Qaeda or Daesh, international violence tends to be distinguished from war, that is to say from violent political confrontation between states (see David and Rapin, Chapter 83, this Handbook). For that matter, this is intentionally referred to as ‘transnational ...

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