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Global Political Demography

The Politics of Population Change

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  • Is the first study of population change and politics that explicitly covers all major global macro regions.

  • Seeks to establish a new sub-field both of demography and political science.

  • Looks at how population change features in political power, political regime stability and legitimacy, and policy output

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This open access book draws the big picture of how population change interplays with politics across the world from 1990 to 2040. Leading social scientists from a wide range of disciplines discuss, for the first time, all major political and policy aspects of population change as they play out differently in each major world region: North and South America; Sub-Saharan Africa and the MENA region; Western and East Central Europe; Russia, Belarus and Ukraine; East Asia; Southeast Asia; subcontinental India, Pakistan and Bangladesh; Australia and New Zealand. These macro-regional analyses are completed by cross-cutting global analyses of migration, religion and poverty, and age profiles and intra-state conflicts. From all angles, this book shows how strongly contextualized the political management and the political consequences of population change are. While long-term population ageing and short-term migration fluctuations present structural conditions, political actors play a key role in (mis-)managing, manipulating, and (under-)planning population change, which in turn determines how citizens in different groups react. 

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Table of contents (17 chapters)


'Political demography takes a major step forward in this volume, whose global scope is unprecedented. The relationships among population change, immigration, ethnicity and regimes, political conflict, and revolutions are delineated with great skill and insight. This book is filled with essential findings for all scholars of politics and development'.

Jack A. Goldstone, Schar School of Policy and Government, George Mason University, USA

'The uneven pace of the demographic transition around the world is altering the age and ethnic composition of countries. This is recasting the domestic and international politics of the twenty-first century. Covering every continent, Global Political Demography performs the vital task of bringing together the world's leading scholars of the politics of population change. They help us make sense of the trends that are shaking the foundations of our modern world'.

Eric Kaufmann, Birkbeck College, University of London, UK

'This book is a foundational contribution to establish ‘political demography’. The individual chapters address key areas of demographic change – including urbanization, migration and population aging – and ask how these processes impact politics, public policies, political behaviour, political institutions and the political order of a country. The book overcomes the narrow view of prior research by adopting a truly global perspective. It is not only a must-read for scholars and students in the field, but of interest to a wider audience interested in the global challenges posed by demographic change'.

Michaela Kreyenfeld, Hertie School, Berlin, Germany

This state-of-the-art and original book is much-needed at the present time of global economic uncertainties. The focus on changes in demographic structure and composition as a driving force shaping political and policy landscapes and the feedback loop offer a new perspective. Its comprehensive coverage of low-, middle- and high-income countries in all world regions and in-depth analysis of population heterogeneity provide a holistic picture of the relationship between population dynamics and politics for the very first time'.

Raya Muttarak, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis and Wittgenstein Centre for Demography and Global Human Capital, Laxenburg, and University of East Anglia, UK

This book is a tour de force. Achim Goerres and Pieter Vanhuysse provide the first comprehensive treatment of the interplay of demography and politics around the world over half a century. Leading researchers from each continent analyze the many political causes and consequences of population change, from silver populations to migration flows, from youth bulges to religions. This is a must-read for everyone concerned about global demographic shifts and the big forces shaping our common future'.

Tomas Sobotka, Vienna Institute of Demography, and Wittgenstein Centre for Demography and Global Human Capital, Austria

Editors and Affiliations

  • Institut Politikwissenschaft, Universität Duisburg-Essen, Duisburg, Germany

    Achim Goerres

  • Danish Ctr Welfare St. Dept of Politics, University of Southern Denmark, Odense M, Denmark

    Pieter Vanhuysse

About the editors

Achim Goerres, PhD (LSE), is Professor of Empirical Political Science at the Department of Political Science and the Interdisciplinary Centre for Integration and Migration Research at the University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany. He specialises in the comparative study of individuals and politics in advanced industrial democracies with a focus on issues of population ageing and immigration.

Pieter Vanhuysse, PhD (LSE), is Professor of Politics and Public Policy at the Department of Political Science and the Danish Centre for Welfare Studies at the University of Southern Denmark, and Senior Fellow of Social Sciences at the Danish Institute for Advanced Study, Denmark. He has published widely in political sociology and political economy, focusing on welfare states, public policies, population change, and intergenerational transfers.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Global Political Demography

  • Book Subtitle: The Politics of Population Change

  • Editors: Achim Goerres, Pieter Vanhuysse

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  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Cham

  • eBook Packages: Political Science and International Studies, Political Science and International Studies (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2021

  • License: CC BY-NC

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-030-73064-2Published: 11 August 2021

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-030-73067-3Published: 11 August 2021

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-73065-9Published: 10 August 2021

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XXVII, 459

  • Number of Illustrations: 27 b/w illustrations, 13 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Political Science, European Politics, Comparative Politics

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