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Par Arthur BorrielloEd. Université de Bruxelles, Collection : Science politique, parution en décembre 2018, 242 pages 

Par Jean-michel De Waele et d'Yves Déloye, édition bruylant, 804 pages, novembre 2018

La mondialisation a provoqué une redistribution internationale des richesses au profi t de quelques pays émergents du Sud, et plus particulièrement de la Chine et des autres pays émergents d’Asie orientale, qui sont devenus les « ateliers du monde » dans le cadre du nouvel ordre industriel mondial.

The European Union is facing a profound crisis and is confronted with multiple challenges. Over the last two decades, it has experienced a series of dramatic changes to its powers, its institutional design, its constitutional framework and its borders. The current political, economic and financial crisis puts the EU’s legitimacy further under pressure and creates the impression of a turning point.

Redefinitions of EU borders (enlargements, Brexit), geopolitical challenges (conflicts, migrations, terrorism, environmental risks) and the economic and financial crises have triggered debates on the common values that hold European countries and citizens together, justify public action and ensure the sustainability of European governance.

This Handbook offers an analysis of the relation between football and politics, based on over 30 case studies covering five continents. It provides a detailed picture of this relation in a wide number of European, American, African, and Asian states, as well as a comparative assessment of football in a global perspective, thus combining the general and the local. It examines themes such as the political origins of football in the studied country, the historical club rivalries, the political aspects of football as a sports spectacle, and the contemporary issues linked to the political use of football. By following the same structure with each study, the volume allows for the comparison between largely investigated cases and cases that have seldom been addressed. The Handbook will be of use particularly to students and scholars in the fields of sport studies, political science and sociology, as well as cultural studies, anthropology and leisure studies.

The effectiveness and capacity of survival of democratic regimes has been recently and widely questioned in the public and political debate. Both democratic institutions and political actors are increasingly confronted with rapid economic and societal transformations that, at least according to some observers and commentators, they not seem to be ready or equipped to manage effectively.

Cet ouvrage collectif s’intéresse au concept de frontière en alliant diverses disciplines. La notion de frontière transcende toutes les disciplines scientifiques pour couvrir des aspects tantôt matériels, tantôt immatériels. Elle peut être synonyme de limite physique, mais également symbolique ou encore idéologique. Notion polysémique, la frontière est ici envisagée à travers deux approches des Sciences sociales, à la fois différentes et complémentaires : politologique internationaliste, d’une part, et sociologique, d’autre part. Cet ouvrage se veut inédit de par son approche méthodologique diversifiée et apporte une plus-value aux approches classiques de Science politique et de Relations internationales sur la notion de frontière en favorisant sa mise en perspective multidisciplinaire. Il rassemble huit contributions originales et innovantes, mêlant réflexions théoriques et perspectives empiriques. Il contribue ainsi au développement des connaissances et à enrichir le débat sur une notion vaste et polysémique.

Mind the Gap is a book on the difficult times of modern representative democracy, and on the way in which political science is trying to make sense of it.


While the process of democratization is nowadays an established scholarship, the reverse process of de-democratization has generated less attention even when the regression or even breakdown of democracy occurred on a regular basis over past decades.

This book investigates both the different combination of explanatory factors triggering the transition from democratic rule as well as the role of the actors’ involved in the process. It aims to integrate different levels of analysis and explanatory factors through a comparative analysis of the phenomenon since the beginning of the third wave of democratization. As such, it addresses the existing divide between the approaches focused on the conditions and those focused on the processes of change, using a mixed-method research design.

This text will be of key interest to scholars and students of comparative politics, democracy, democratization and de-democratization, political theory, and comparative political institutions.


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