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.
Chapter 52: Post-Communism
The fall of the communist regimes in Central Europe in the course of 1989, followed by the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, not only gave birth to numerous new or once again independent states, these developments ended the Cold War, terminated the most large-scale political experiment of the twentieth century, and left many academics that had made their careers in Soviet studies bewildered and out of work. Reflecting upon how the breakdown affected the ideological struggle over world hegemony, the political theorist Francis Fukuyama published The End of History and the Last Man in 1992. In this book, as controversial as it has been gravely misunderstood, Fukuyama reversed the Marxian prediction of a classless, socialist society ...