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.

State Power and Crime

State Power and Crime
Matas Dewey


State involvement in illegal schemes is always seen as different, or even entirely disconnected, from the state's constant attempts to establish a law-based social order. The broadly accepted premise is that the state establishes order in society through lawful means; that is, through formal institutional frameworks, rules, and procedures. If, then, observable regularities in behavior and expectations are the outcome of such lawful means, law-breaking behaviors on the part of state authorities only serve to distort and subvert this social order. Under these assumptions, the flip-side of the state, commonly referred to as the ‘submerged state', ‘narco-state', ‘criminalized state', ‘parallel state', ‘parapolitics', ‘deep state’ or ‘clandestine state', forms a marginal if not ...

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