• Toute recherche qui se veut « scientifique », même au sens le plus large du terme, ne peut faire abstraction d'une analyse préalable de ses aspects méthodologiques. Il faut commencer par déterminer un sujet qui suscite notre intérêt et notre curiosité ; puis se poser une question qui le concerne ; procéder à la formulation d'une ou de plusieurs hypothèses de travail ; puis au choix des cas à étudier et, enfin, au recueil des données nécessaires pour répondre à la question soulevée et vérifier la ou les hypothèses formulées.
    Comparer est donc important, à tel point que l'on compare souvent implicitement, voire inconsciemment dans notre activité quotidienne. Cet ouvrage a pour objectif de faire comprendre de manière simple ce qu'est la comparaison et comment l'utiliser.

  • This book questions whether and to what extent a conjunctural phenomenon such as an economic crisis can bring about lasting political consequences. It focuses on the parties and party systems of four South European countries (Portugal, Spain, Italy, and Greece) between 2008-15. The authors also consider how elections, protests, and interests are affected by the crisis in these four democracies, before assessing how to define the impact of the economic crisis on political participation and competition. In this vein the book analyzes relevant aspects of party systems, the notion of neo-populism as a key to understanding new actors of South European policy, and interest intermediation as a factor of weakness in managing the crisis. Finally, the authors summarize the empirical results emerging from the research: the partial reshaping of cleavages as well as the relevance of the establishment vs. anti-establishment cleavage for the emergence and success of neo-populist parties. The book will be of use to students and scholars interested in South European politics, comparative politics, and democracies. 

  • This book provides an in-depth account of the politics of the Eurozone crisis in Italy, Spain, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus and Malta, mapping the positions expressed by the governments of Southern EU countries during the Eurozone crisis negotiations, including Greece's bailout deal, the so-called "Six Pack" and the "Fiscal Compact" and exploring the process of domestic preference formation. The book relies on original data resulting from fieldwork conducted in the context of the EU Commission- funded Horizon 2020 project "The Choice for Europe since Maastricht".

  • From the award-winning team behind the International Encyclopaedia of Political Science...
    Moving beyond mainstream "traditional" approaches to bring you a new advanced-level introduction to political science.
    A perfect introduction for postgraduates who are new to political science, as well as upper-level undergraduates looking to broaden and deepen their understanding of core topics, this progressive account:

    Guides you through all key areas of political science: origins, methodological foundations, key topics, and current issues
    Takes an international and pluralist perspective with all issues explored in a comparative way related to different cultural and historical contexts
    Includes pulled-out descriptions of major concepts, further reading and self-assessment questions at the end of each chapter.

  • The SAGE Handbook of Political Science presents a major retrospective and prospective overview of the discipline. Comprising three volumes of contributions from expert authors from around the world, the handbook aims to frame, assess and synthesize research in the field, helping to define and identify its current and future developments. It does so from a truly global and cross-area perspective
    Chapters cover a broad range of aspects, from providing a general introduction to exploring important subfields within the discipline. Each chapter is designed to provide a state-of-the-art and comprehensive overview of the topic by incorporating cross-cutting global, interdisciplinary, and, where this applies, gender perspectives. The Handbook is arranged over seven core thematic sections:
    Part 1: Political Theory
    Part 2: Methods
    /> Part 3: Political Sociology
    Part 4: Comparative Politics
    Part 5: Public Policies and Administration
    Part 6: International Relations
    Part 7: Major Challenges for Politics and Political Science in the 21st Century