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.


Carlos de la Torre

The unexpected success of Donald Trump's presidential campaign in the US, the continuous appeal of rightwing European parties like the National Front in France, the emergence of leftwing populist party PODEMOS in Spain, the coming to power of former police constable Michael Sata in Zambia in 2011, the deification of Hugo Chávez into a saint-like figure by his successor Nicolás Maduro in Venezuela, all attest to the vitality of populism on a global scale. Populists are in power in nations as diverse as Bolivia, the United States, Greece, Hungary, Venezuela, Senegal, Zambia, the Philippines, and Ecuador. Populists continue to challenge the rule of elites, promising to fix the deficiencies of representation and participation of liberal democracies. ...

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