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.

Causal Models of Democratization

Causal Models of Democratization
Carles Boix Michael K. Miller


The question of what causes democratization is among the oldest and most well-studied topics in the social sciences, yet much of this vast literature has struggled to reach firm causal conclusions. This presents a puzzling contrast with the relative theoretical and empirical success of the literature predicting democratic stability, which has coalesced around a vision of democracy as an equilibrium made up of self-interested political actors (Dahl, 1971; Przeworski, 1991, 2005; Boix, 2003). In turn, there has been a greater level of consensus regarding the socioeconomic and institutional predictors of democratic stability. In this essay, we focus on the challenges and current approaches to making ...

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