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The full syllabus will be available on the Sociology Department website. Here is a list of the topics covered by this second-semester module:

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, elite theories, power and institutionalisms

• The concepts of power and society

• Power and the classics of political sociology: Marxist and Neo-Marxist approaches

• Elite theories

• Power in the international arena

3. Theories of state formation and change; types of Contemporary European States; Citizenship

• Theories of state formation

• The autonomy of the state

• States and globalization

4. Globalization, governance and the State

• Globalization in various domains

• Globalization and neo-liberalism

• Horizontal and vertical governance

• New governance

• Territorial governance

5. Transnational and Supranational Challenges to the State

• Challenges to the power of the state from above and from below

• State responses to globalization

• How do different actors in a global governance replace former state functions?

6. 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

7. Political participation and theories of representation: introduction

• The concept of political participation

• The political sphere

• Changing forms of political participation

8. 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

9. Activism and the city, deliberative structures

• The concept of political participation in cities

• The political sphere at city level

• Urban activism in different contexts

10. Forms of Political Participation: interest groups, advocacy and civil society

• Interest groups and functional representation

• Private and public interest groups

• Forms of advocacy

• The concept of civil society and its relevance in contemporary governance

• Civil society and its uses as a political ideology

• International civil society

11. Forms of Political Participation: social movements

• Unconventional political participation: social movements and contentious politics

• Main theories of activists’ mobilization

• Action repertoires and their historical transformations

12. Left-liberal movements: the no-global movement

• The Anti-Globalization or Global Justice Movement as a new type of movement

• Transnational coordination and the role of the new media

• Main organizations

13. Ethnicity: political-sociological approaches

• The nature of ethnicity

• Traditions in the study of ethnicity: the contribution of political sociology

• The multicultural backlash

14. Anti-racist movements in Europe

• Varieties of anti-racist movements in Europe

• Anti-racism in different institutional domains

• The controversial nature of anti-racism

15. 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.

16. Nationalism

• Nationalism,

• Postnationalism

• Euroscepticism

• Transnational Ethnic identities and globalisation

17. Ethno-Nationalism

• Ethnicity and self-determination

• Regionalism

18. Ethnicity and the Extreme Right

• Ethnicity and right-wing parties

• Demand and supply theories of the radical right

19. Populism

• Populism: definitions

• The personalization of politics

• The politics of the enemy and populism

• Populism and Italian politics

20. Political Communication and the Media

• The new media

• Ethnicity and the media

• Framing processes, social movements and the public sphere

21. 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

22. Conclusions and exam preparation