Political sociology in a time of protest

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We live in a time of protest. Relative to sociology, political science has traditionally paid little attention to ‘extra-institutional’ forms of political behaviour. For its part, sociology has tended to prioritize the explanation of mobilization processes over political outcomes. Using bibliometric records from 14 political science and sociology journals over the last two decades, this study demonstrates that protest has witnessed a resurgence of interest in political science and that both sociology and political science now share a focus on the outcomes of protest. The article lays out key trends in this research agenda and suggests what is missing, arguing that a political sociology of protest should integrate recent findings from both disciplines to better understand elite decision-making, the mediation of protest information and protestor aims.
Original languageEnglish
JournalCurrent Sociology
Early online date22 Jun 2021
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 22 Jun 2021


  • bibliometrics
  • literature review
  • political outcomes
  • political sociology
  • protest


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