Political Sociology Reading List

Main Topics (the complete reading list can be downloaded from the link at the bottom of this page)

Political Sociology
Professor Carlo Ruzza

Course Contents
1. Introduction: what is political sociology?
Definitions and history of the field of political sociology
Historical overview of the main approaches to political sociology
2. Conflict theories
The concept of social conflict
Power and the classics of political sociology
Marxist and Neo-Marxist approaches
3. Weberian and Durkheimian approaches
4. Elite theories, power and institutionalisms
5. Theories of state formation and change; types of Contemporary European States; Citizenship
Theories of state formation
The autonomy of the state
States and globalization
6. Globalization, governance and the State
Globalization in various domains
Globalization and neo-liberalism
Horizontal and vertical governance
New governance
Territorial governance
7. Transnational and Supranational Challenges to the State – Human Rights
Challenges to the power of the state from above and from below
State responses to globalization
How do different actors in a global governance structure replace functions formerly performed by the state? 9
Human rights at the international level
8. Bureaucracies, Institutions and Neo-Liberalism
What are the features of a traditional and a modern bureaucracy?
Why is bureaucracy important for state development and political rule?
The impact of the ideology of New Public Management on state bureaucracies
9. Political participation and theories of representation: introduction
The concept of political participation
The political sphere
Changing forms of political participation
10. Forms of Political Participation: electoral behaviour and party politics
Theoretical approaches to the study of electoral behavior
Parties and party systems: an overview
Institutionalization dynamics in different social and political realms
11. Forms of Political Participation: interest groups, advocacy and civil society
Interest groups and functional representation
Private and public interest groups
Forms of advocacy
Judicial activism
The concept of civil society and its relevance in contemporary governance
Civil society and its uses as a political ideology
International civil society
12. Deliberative structures; activism and the city,
The concept of political participation in cities
The political sphere at city level
Urban activism in different contexts
13. Forms of Political Participation: social movements
Explaining unconventional political participation and social movements
The contribution of political sociology to the study of movements and on theories of activists’ mobilization
Action repertoires and their historical transformations
14. Left-liberal movements: the no-global movement
The Anti-Globalization movement or Global Justice Movement as a new type of movement
Transnational coordination and the role of the new media
Main organizations
15. Ethnicity and political participation: political-sociological approaches
The nature of ethnicity
Traditions in the study of ethnicity: the contribution of political sociology
The multicultural backlash
16. Anti-racist movements in Europe
Varieties of anti-racist movements in Europe
Anti-racism in different institutional domains
The controversial nature of anti-racism
17. Public Policy, Migration and Health
Migration and public policy issues
Health as a key domain in migration policy
Health in relation to other domains, such as housing and work safety.
18. Nationalism
Transnational Ethnic identities and globalisation
19. Ethno-Nationalism
Ethnicity and self-determination
20. European Ethno-Nationalism in a comparative perspective
21. Ethnicity and the Extreme Right
Ethnicity and right-wing parties
Demand and supply theories of the radical right
22. Populism
Populism: definitions
The personalization of politics
The politics of the enemy and populism
Populism and Italian politics
23. Political Communication and the Media
The new media
Ethnicity and the media
Framing processes, social movements and the public sphere
24. Political Sociology, the 2008 Financial Crisis and its aftermaths
The impact of the 2008 financial crisis and its aftermaths
The crisis and new vulnerabilities in Europe
The crisis and the EU

Carlo Ruzza,
31 Jan 2021, 02:21