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The Blackwell Companion to Political Sociology brings together thirty-eight original essays covering the wide inter-disciplinary field of political sociology.

  • Represents the most comprehensive overview available in the field of political sociology
  • Covers traditional questions as well as emerging topics including recent debates on gender, citizenship, and political identity
  • Includes detailed editorial introduction, abstracts, further reading lists, and a consolidated bibliography.
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Putting together a reader or companion in the field of politicalsociology is notoriously difficult. Kate Nash and Alan Scott havedone a splendid job in producing a collection that iscomprehensive, coherent, and up-to-date. The quality of thecontributions is outstanding."
Krishan Kumar, University of Virginia

"An enormously comprehensive and pluralistic overview ofcontemporary debates in the field of political sociology. Thoughnobody will agree with all the contributors, everybody in the fieldwill learn a lot from this stimulating volume."
—Hans Joas, Freie Universität, Berlin

"The parameters of politics are open and contested as neverbefore. Nash and Scott's collection effectively captures the waycontemporary social forces have disrupted older politicalassumptions. It fulfils the vital task of intellectual preparationfor shaping new political agendas in a globalized and fragmentedworld."
—Martin Albrow, University of Surrey Roehampton

"The book's strong points would appear to be its catholicoutlook in the best sense of the term, and its international,mainly British and European cast of established authors ..."(Canadian Journal of Sociology Online)

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Meet the Author

Kate Nash is Lecturer in Sociology at Goldsmiths College,University of London. Her publications include UniversalDifference: Feminism and the Liberal Undecidability of "Women"(1998) and Contemporary Political Sociology: Globalization,Politics, and Power (Blackwell, 2000), and editor ofReadings in Contemporary Political Sociology (Blackwell,2000).

Alan Scott is Professor of Sociology at the University ofInnsbruck, Austria. He is the author of Ideology and the NewSocial Movements (1990) and editor of The Limits ofGlobalization (1997). He has recently completed co-editing andco-translating (with Helmut Staubmann) Georg Simmel’sRembrandt: a Philosophical Essay (2004).

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Table of Contents

List of Contributors.


Introduction (Kate Nash and Alan Scott).

Part I: Approaches to Power and The Political.

1. Marxist Approaches to Power (Bob Jessop, University ofLancaster).

2. Pluralism and Elitism (Richard Bellamy, University ofReading).

3. Rational Choice Approaches to Analyzing Power (Keith Dowding,London School of Economics).

4. Power, Government, Politics (Barry Hindess, AustralianNational University).

5. Society, Morality and Law: Jurgen Habermas (Max Pensky, SUNYBinghampton).

6. A Political Sociology for Complex Societies (Niklas Luhmann,Stefan Lange and Uwe Schimank, Fernuniversität, Hagen,Germany).

7. "Postmodern" Political Sociology (David Owen, University ofSouthampton).

8. Studying Power (John Scott, University of Essex).

Part II: The State and Governance.

Formation and Form.

9. Theories of State Formation (Gianfranco Poggi, EuropeanUniversity Institute, Florence).

10. Political Legitimacy (David Beetham, University ofLeeds).

11. Gender and the State (Robert W. Connell, University ofSydney).

Political Processes.

12. Administration, Civil Service and Bureaucracy (AntoninoPalumbo, University of Palermo).

13. Policy Networks (Peter John, University of London).

14. Parties and Interest Intermediation (Herbert Kitschelt, DukeUniversity).

15. Social Movements and Political Process (David Meyer,University of California-Irvine).

16. The Media and Politics (John B. Thompson, University ofCambridge).

Violence and the State.

17. The Political Sociology of War (Alan Scott, University ofInnsbruck, Austria).

18. Revolution (Michael Drake, University of East Anglia).

19. Terror Against the State (Donatella della Porta, Universityof Florence).

Part III: The Political and The Social.

State and Civil Society.

20. Civil Society and the Public Sphere (Larry Ray, Universityof Kent).

21. Trust and Social Capital (Arnaldo Bagnasco, University ofTurin, Italy).

22. The State and the Market (Colin Crouch, European UniversityInstitute, Florence).

23. Markets Against States: Neo-Liberalism (Fran Tonkiss,University of London).

The Politics of Collective Identity and Action.

24. Beyond New Social Movements: Social Conflicts andInstitutions (Pierre Hamel and Louis Maheu, University ofMontreal).

25. The Politics of Ethnicity and Identity (Aletta Norval,University of Essex).

26. Imagined Communities Alan Finlayson (University of Wales,Swansea).

27. Political Rituals (Sigrid Baringhorst, University ofTechnology at Sydney).

28. The Politics of Popular Culture (John Street, University ofEast Anglia).

29. Body Politic (Roberta Sassatelli, University of EastAnglia).


30. Citizenship and Gender (Ruth Lister, LoughboroughUniversity).

31. Post-National Citizenship: Reconfiguring the FamiliarTerrain (Yasemin Soysal, University of Essex).

32. Government and Citizenship (Giovanna Procacci, University ofMilan).

Part IV: Political Transformations.


33. Transformation, Transition, Consolidation: Democratizationin Latin America (Joe Foweraker, University of Essex).

34. Feminism and Democracy (Judith Squires, University ofBristol).

Postmodernization, Fragmentation, Globalization.

35. Postmodernization of Politics (Jan Pakulski, University ofTasmania).

36. Nationalism and Fragmentation Since 1989 (JohnSchwarzmantel, University of Leeds).

37. A New Phase of the State Story in Europe (Patrick Le Gales,CEVIPOF (Sciences Po Paris)).

38. The "Singapore Model": Democracy, Communication, andGlobalization (Danilo Zolo, University of Florence).


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