The Political Sociology specialty area focuses on interrelations among the state, market and civil society.  A major strength of the political sociology specialty is the breadth of teaching and research interests represented among its core faculty. Research being conducted by faculty in this area spans multiple levels of analysis and methodological approaches, with the department having strength in research on comparative historical approaches to the state, labor markets, political ideology, political economy, policy networks, civic engagement and collective action.

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