Contemporary Political Sociology

Globalization, Politics and Power
Author: Kate Nash
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9781444320770
Category: Social Science
Page: 304
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This fully revised and updated introduction to political sociologyincorporates the burgeoning literature on globalization and showshow contemporary politics is linked to cultural issues, socialstructure and democratizing social action. New material on global governance, human rights, global socialmovements, global media New discussion of democracy and democratization Clearly lays out what is at stake in deciding betweenalternatives of cosmopolitanism, imperialism and nationalism Includes additional discussion of the importance of studyingculture to political sociology

The Politics and Culture of Globalisation

India and Australia
Author: Hans Löfgren,Prakash Sarangi
Publisher: Berghahn Books
ISBN: 9788187358220
Category: Political Science
Page: 352
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The Politics And Culture Of Globalisation: India And Australia Brings Together Indian And Australian Experts In The Fields Of Political Science, International Relations, Philosophy, Cultural Theory And Political Economy. Its Timeliness And Unifying Theme Derive From Comparisons Between Indian And Australian Perspectives, And Analyses By Australian Writers On Developments In India. Indian-Australian Relations Are Explored In Several Chapters.

Globalization and the Politics of Resistance


Author: B. Gills
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 0230519172
Category: Political Science
Page: 321
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The paradox of 'globalization' is that it both weakens and activates social forces of resistance. This book establishes the centrality of 'the political' in our understanding of globalization and explores the new 'strategies of resistance' emerging on local, national, regional and global scales. Its impressively wide-ranging set of contributors engage in re-thinking what practices now constitute viable political strategies in the world economy, focusing on popular responses to neoliberal globalization and the rearticulation of society, politics and the state.

Politics and Globalization


Author: Harland Prechel
Publisher: Elsevier
ISBN: 0762313161
Category: Political Science
Page: 271
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This volume examines how corporations, classes and other social actors exercise political power to advance their interests in a range of historical and geographic settings.

Power, Politics, and Society

An Introduction to Political Sociology
Author: Betty Dobratz,Lisa K Waldner,Timothy Buzzell
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317345282
Category: Social Science
Page: 400
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Power, Politics & Society: An Introduction to Political Sociology discusses how sociologists have organized the study of politics into conceptual frameworks, and how each of these frameworks foster a sociological perspective on power and politics in society. This includes discussing how these frameworks can be applied to understanding current issues and other "real life" aspects of politics. The authors connect with students by engaging them in activities where they complete their own applications of theory, hypothesis testing, and forms of inquiry.

A Political Sociology of Transnational Europe


Author: Niilo Kauppi
Publisher: ECPR Press
ISBN: 1907301852
Category: Political Science
Page: 298
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Globalisation and complex Europeanisation are two significant challenges currently influencing the restructure of the European nation-state, and redefining political power. For this volume, first-rate European scholars look at the consequences of these and other challenges faced by European societies. Contributions revisit traditional objects of political science – state sovereignty, civil society and citizenship – mixing sophisticated empirical analyses with methodological and conceptual innovations including field theory, multiple correspondence analysis, and the study of space sets. Combining qualitative and quantitative research techniques, and macro- and micro-levels, chapters have in common a contextual analysis of politics through scrutiny of configurations of groups, representations and perceptions. A transnational perspective is the common thread linking every study in this volume, which seeks to avoid methodological nationalism.

Developmental Politics in Transition

The Neoliberal Era and Beyond
Author: Chang Kyung-Sup,Ben Fine,Linda Weiss
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
ISBN: 0230294308
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 329
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In many parts of the world, neoliberalism has not replaced but interacted with national developmentalism in complex and diverse ways. With new constituencies of developmentalism emerging across the globe and with classic developmental political economies restructuring beyond national boundaries, the sociopolitical conditions, processes, and consequences of national development have turned out much more diverse and complex than previously acknowledged. Concurrently, the structural incongruity across various goals of national progress – such as democracy, social equity and integration, and economic development – has become a prevalent phenomenon across the globe. Using case studies that coverboth post-ISI, post-socialist, post-developmental statist, and post-liberal instances of neoliberal-era developmental politics during the ascendancy of neoliberalism on the one hand and East and South Asian, Latin American, African, European, and Australian experiences on the other, the contributors critically examine various national configurations of developmental politics in the neoliberal era.

Holy Nations and Global Identities

Civil Religion, Nationalism, and Globalisation
Author: Annika Hvithamar,Margit Warburg,Brian Arly Jacobsen
Publisher: BRILL
ISBN: 9004178287
Category: Social Science
Page: 307
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Combining the insights of scholars from the fields of religion, history, sociology and political science this book brings together genuine theoretical explorations and original case studies on civil religion, nationalism and globalization.

Re-imagining Political Community

Studies in Cosmopolitan Democracy
Author: Daniele Archibugi,David Held,Martin Köhler
Publisher: Stanford University Press
ISBN: 9780804735353
Category: Political Science
Page: 352
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Understanding world politics today means acknowledging that the state is no longer the only actor in international relations. The interstate system is increasingly challenged by new transnational forces and institutions: multinational companies, cross-border coalitions of social interest groups, globally oriented media, and a growing number of international agencies. These forces increasingly influence interstate decisions and set the agenda of world politics. Though these phenomena have been discussed in the recent literature of international relations, little attention has been given to their impact on political life within and between communities. This book aims to explore the changing meaning of political community in a world of regional and global social and economic relations. The authors of the essays in this volume, who reflect a variety of academic disciplines, reconsider some of the key terms of political association, such as legitimacy, sovereignty, identity, and citizenship. Their common approach is to generate an innovative account of what democracy means today and how it can be reconceptualized to include subnational as well as transnational levels of political organization. Inspired by Immanuel Kant’s cosmopolitan principles, the authors conclude that favorable conditions exist for a further development of democracy--locally, nationally, regionally, and globally.

Politics and Public Policy


Author: Harland Prechel
Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing
ISBN: 1848551789
Category: Political Science
Page: 150
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Focuses on one of the central themes in political sociology: the relationship between political power and the policy formation process. This work examines the exercise of power in two arenas: the interlocking networks among policy-planning organizations, and the effects of PACs on the voting behavior of elected officials in Canada and the US.

Globalization and Social Policy in Africa


Author: Tade Akin Aina,C. S. L. Chachage,Elisabeth Annan-Yao
Publisher: African Books Collective
ISBN: 9782869781306
Category: Political Science
Page: 339
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Drawing for the most part on empirical and historical studies, the contributors elucidate how ordinary African understand, confront and relate to the complex and competing forces of globalisation. They examine how contemporary and historical dynamics have shaped the ways in which globalisation is interacting with, and defining oft-neglected areas of social policy. The authors engage with, and question current, dominant orthodoxies, showing how prevailing economic thinking, particularly that of the dominant multilateral institutions, has undermined a sense of the importance of social policies relevant to a mode of economic development attuned to social transformation in Africa.

The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Political Sociology


Author: Edwin Amenta,Kate Nash,Alan Scott
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1444355074
Category: Social Science
Page: 576
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The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Political Sociology is a complete reference guide, reflecting the scope and quality of the discipline, and highlighting emerging topics in the field. Global in focus, offering up-to-date topics from an interdisciplinary, international set of scholars addressing key issues concerning globalization, social movements, and citizenship The majority of chapters are new, including those on environmental politics, international terrorism, security, corruption, and human rights Revises and updates all previously published chapters to include new themes and topics in political sociology Provides an overview of scholarship in the field, with chapters working independently and collectively to examine the full range of contributions to political sociology Offers a challenging yet accessible and complete reference guide for students and scholars

Culture and Politics in the Information Age

A New Politics?
Author: Frank Webster
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134577966
Category: Political Science
Page: 256
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This volume addresses these key issues through an analysis of important theoretical debates on issues such as digital democracy, cultural politics and transnational communities. Featuring contributors from both sides of the Atlantic, the book contains a series of case studies on new social movements including campaigns on the environment, gender, animal rights and human rights. It combines cutting edge research with theoretical material and makes an important contribution to this highly topical and rapidly growing area. This book will be invaluable reading for students in areas including Politics, Communications and IT, Sociology and Cultural Studies.

Agricultural Governance

Globalization and the New Politics of Regulation
Author: Vaughan Higgins,Geoffrey Lawrence
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134262825
Category: Social Science
Page: 192
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Food security and sustainability are arguably the most important issues facing the agri-food sector at the beginning of a new millennium. In an era of globalization, where nation states appear to have a diminishing role in governing these matters, the existing and emerging power relations underpinning agri-food regulation demand renewed scholarly attention. Drawing upon the expertise of some of the most prominent writers in rural sociology, geography and anthropology, this book shows how globalization processes open up a new regulatory politics in which ‘non-political’ forms of governing play an increasingly influential role in shaping agricultural production and consumption. The first of its kind to critically and comprehensively examine new forms of governing and regulation, this important text explores the relationship between globalization and new sites, spaces and agents of agricultural regulation, using detailed case studies in developed nations to illustrate points made. Demonstrating the political significance of regulatory mechanisms extending beyond the state, the book also discusses the consequences for the governing of the agri-food sector.

The Making of a European Public Sphere

Media Discourse and Political Contention
Author: Ruud Koopmans,Paul Statham
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1139490001
Category: Political Science
Page: N.A
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This book investigates an important source of the European Union's recent legitimacy problems. It shows how European integration is debated in mass media, and how this affects democratic inclusiveness. Advancing integration implies a shift in power between governments, parliaments, and civil society. Behind debates over Europe's 'democratic deficit' is a deeper concern: whether democratic politics can perform effectively under conditions of Europeanization and globalization. This study is based on a wealth of unique data from seven European countries, combining newspaper content analyses, an innovative study of Internet communication structures, and hundreds of interviews with leading political and media representatives across Europe. It is by far the most far-reaching and empirically grounded study on the Europeanization of media discourse and political contention to date, and a must-read for anyone interested in how European integration changes democratic politics and why European integration has become increasingly contested.

Politics of Globalization


Author: Samir Dasgupta,Jan Nederveen Pieterse
Publisher: SAGE Publications India
ISBN: 813210255X
Category: Political Science
Page: 472
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Politics of Globalization presents an up-to-date perspective on the kaleidoscopic politics of globalization. The authors analyze the existing definitions of capitalism and argue that globalization and the consequent growing multi-polarity in world politics is not a crisis but a proliferation of capitalisms. This network of capitalisms becomes the framework of the politics of the new globalization. This compilation by social scientists across the globe is an empirical and theoretical exploration of the political responses to globalization. The authors examine the impacts of the decline of US domination in trade and finance and compare it to the rise of Asian economies, with special focus on China and India. The articles explore the multiple impacts of globalization: the impact of new global political relations on 21st century international division of labour, the relation between gender equality and globalization, trade union politics and globalization, ecological politics and globalization discourse, dual citizenship and global politics, and globalization of language and culture. They also discuss the anti-globalization movements and argue that these might change the course of current trends in globalization processes. This book will be hold great value for social scientists and economists as well as politicians, social activists, and other professionals interested in the study of globalization and its consequences.

Democracy in the Age of Globalization and Mediatization


Author: Hanspeter Kriesi,Sandra Lavenex,Daniel Bochsler,Jörg Matthes,Frank Esser,Marc Bühlmann
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 113729986X
Category: Political Science
Page: 250
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This book provides a comprehensive overview over the models of contemporary democracy, its social, cultural, economic and political prerequisites, empirically existing varieties, and the two major challenges – globalization and mediatization – confronting established democracies today. As the boundaries of the national political communities increasingly dissolve, democracy as we know it is put into question. Similarly, as the role of the media in politics increases, the way established democracies function is being transformed. The book covers the transformation of established democracies, democracy's global expansion into new countries, as well as its spread into supranational polities such as the European Union. It confronts head on democracy's constantly changing nature; its diversity of institutions and practices; its repeated need to respond to exogenous challenges and, most importantly, its perpetually unsatisfactory quest to make 'real-existing democracy' conform better to 'potentially ideal democracy.'

Theory and Evidence in Comparative Politics and International Relations


Author: Richard Ned Lebow,Mark Lichbach
Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: 9781403976611
Category: Political Science
Page: 290
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Contributing authors offer a variety of answers, addressing the purpose and methods of research and analysing concepts, including the relationship of theory and evidence, the changing formulation of neopositivism, and the importance of medicine to social science.

Civilizing World Politics

Society and Community Beyond the State
Author: Mathias Albert,Lothar Brock,Klaus Dieter Wolf
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9780847698035
Category: Political Science
Page: 276
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Civilizing World Politics offers an innovative approach to the changing contexts of global politics, moving beyond the ever more fuzzy debate on globalization to a concept of world society that transcends the nation state and embraces communities including nongovernmental organizations. It brings together research from various fields of political science, sociology, and social theory in new ways, successfully introducing U.S. students of international affairs to contemporary continental research in a way that enlightens as it civilizes.

Readings in Globalization

Key Concepts and Major Debates
Author: George Ritzer,Zeynep Atalay
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1405132736
Category: Political Science
Page: 477
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This engaging anthology introduces students to the major concepts of globalization within the context of the key debates and disputes. 'Readings in Globalization' illustrates that major debates in the field are not only useful to examine for their own merit but can extend our knowledge of globalization.