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.

Corporate Power in the Twenty-First Century

Corporate Power in the Twenty-First Century
Steven Panageotou

The Contradiction: Rising Public Engagement and Growing Economic Inequality

A seeming contradiction characterizes capitalist democratic societies. On the one hand, over the course of the past forty years, popular mobilizations have been spreading around the world condemning the deficiencies of representative democracy and practicing direct forms of democratic participation. On the other hand, global economic inequality and economic inequality within nation-states have reached unprecedented proportions (Piketty, 2014). This contradiction has manifested itself acutely in the United States where some scholars have discerned a ‘participatory renaissance’ amidst growing economic inequality (Walker, McQuarrie, & Lee, 2015, p. 13). Far from reducing inequality, the increase in political participation appears to be exacerbating ...

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