The SAGE Handbook of Political Sociology offers a comprehensive and contemporary look at this evolving field of study. The focus is on political life itself and the chapters, written by a highly-respected and international team of authors, cover the core themes which need to be understood in order to study political life from a sociological perspective, or simply to understand the political world. The two volumes are structured around five key areas: PART 1: TRADITIONS AND PERSPECTIVES PART 2: CORE CONCEPTS PART 03: POLITICAL IDEOLOGIES AND MOVEMENTS PART 04: TOPICS PART 05: WORLD REGIONS This future-oriented and cross-disciplinary handbook is a landmark text for students and scholars interested in the social investigation of politics.



Roger Griffin Constantin Iordachi

Fascism as Political Late-comer

In 1934, the Italian academic Giuseppe Borgese, who had recently found refuge in the US from Mussolini's regime, wrote ‘Not a single prophet, during more than a century of prophecies, analysing the degradation of romantic culture, or planning the splitting of the atom, ever imagined anything like fascism’ (1934, pp. 475–6). His comment immediately draws attention to an important feature of fascism as a topic in political sociology. It is a relative newcomer to the political scene, a historical arriviste. Unlike despotism or feudalism, it is neither a perennial nor a universal phenomenon, and in contrast to conservatism and socialism, it has not grown out of the decay of absolutist ...

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