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.


David Spence


The twentieth century saw federalism become an ideological ambition at both national and international level, its proponents believing it to be a remedy for perceived shortcomings in both national and international governance, epitomised by the apparent demise of the Westphalian state. Federalism is an aim for a sub-state region desirous of constitutional change within an existing state, though the independence of the sub-state region would be an alternative objective, were federal arrangements to prove unattainable. Modern-day Scotland fits this model rather well. Federalism is also the aim of advocates of higher-than-nation-state level governance in Europe; the founding states of the European Union fit this model rather well too. In sum, therefore, federalism is an ambition in certain nations ...

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