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International Studies in Sociology and Social Anthropology is a peer-reviewed series. Through the publication of original manuscripts and edited volumes, it explores the relationships between civil society, the state, and the structures and institutions spanning both. It does so at an historic time in which the processes of globalization increase the diversity, complexity and pluralism of contemporary societies, challenging social cohesion and fostering new forms of conflict.

The series upholds paradigmatic and methodological pluralism, interdisciplinarity, and evidence-based comparative research.

Topics of interest include (but are not restricted to):
• Major theories and theorists of civil society and the state, including of the comparative analysis of societies and political regimes.
• Political trust, transparency, and accountability in contemporary democracies.
• Cohesion and identities in the various regions of the world.
• Globalism, cosmopolitanism, and cultural flows.
• Social movements, minority rights, and interaction networks.
• Varieties of capitalism, economic crises, and sustainable development.
• Law and society.
• New forms of nationalism and populism.

Manuscripts should be at least 90,000 words in length (including footnotes and bibliography). Manuscripts may also include illustrations and other visual material. The editors will consider proposals for original monographs, edited collections, translations, and critical primary source editions.

Authors are cordially invited to submit proposals and/or full manuscripts by email to the publisher Jason Prevost. Please direct all other correspondence to Assistant Editor Jennifer Obdam.

Authors will find general proposal guidelines at the Brill Author Gateway.


The diffusion of both nationalism and populism is the symptom of a crisis in European democracies. The convergence of nationalist ideology and populist rhetoric is the major challenge that the European Union faces today and can be effectively countered by developing the political project of a truly democratic and supranational union. In this article, I will first outline the distinctive features of nationalism and populism. I will then analyse the major factors fostering the rise of national populism in the European Union countries, and I will conclude by discussing its more effective alternative.

In: Populism
The EU is to-day at a crossroad: either it becomes a great supranational union or it goes back to being an array of separate independent states. Alberto Martinelli and Alessandro Cavalli draw a grand fresco of the society in which the European Union is taking shape. Long term social and cultural trends and main current developments in economics and politics are synthetically outlined. Key questions of identity and nationalism, immigration and inequality, welfare and economic governance, are thoroughly analysed. Main cleavages, conflicts of interest and different visions of member states, as well as institutional reforms and crisis management strategies are critically discussed. A detailed proposal for advancing the process of political integration concludes the volume.