The SAGE Handbook of Comparative Politics presents in one volume an authoritative overview of the theoretical, methodological, and substantive elements of comparative political science. The 28 specially commissioned chapters, written by renowned comparative scholars, guide the reader through the central issues and debates, presenting a state-of-the-art guide to the past, present, and possible futures of the field.
Chapter 6: Comparative Political Sociology
Comparative Political Sociology
The Changing Contours of Comparative Political Sociology
Sociology and political science have a complex relationship and against the backdrop of the two disciplines political sociology can be defined as an interdisciplinary field of inquiry developed by both sociologists and political scientists to study the interrelations and interactions between the socio-cultural life-world and the political sphere: between society and state, between social and political institutions, groups and behaviour. Political sociology in short, looks at ‘the social bases of politics’ (see inter alia, Braungart and Braungart, 2000; Janoski et al., 2004; Kimmerling, 1996; Lipset, 1959; Nash, 2000; Orum, 1983, 1996).1 Comparative political sociology relates to those parts of political sociology that use explicitly a comparative methodology and related comparative methods. Whereas comparative politics ...