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.


June Edmunds


Migration, the movement of individuals across countries’ internal or external borders for long or indefinite periods of time, can be a significant cause of political change – both in the immigrants’ destination and the place they leave behind. Immigration has a direct political impact on the receiving country when it changes the values and attitudes of policymakers, and of the publics they represent. It can have equally powerful indirect impacts by changing the social and economic environment in which political choices are made. The direct impact occurs by shifting public opinion on key political issues, and/or by changing the proportions of the public (and electorate) who hold particular views on those issues.

Immigration has a ‘shift effect’ when the ...

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