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A Research Agenda for Political Demography

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A Research Agenda for Political Demography

9781788975735 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Jennifer D. Sciubba is a member of the Department of International Studies at Rhodes College, US
Publication Date: August 2021 ISBN: 978 1 78897 573 5 Extent: c 264 pp
Exploring how demographic dynamism continues to shape the character of societies, this forward-looking Research Agenda offers insights into how the human population has undergone fundamental demographic shifts, and the impact these have had on how we organize ourselves politically, the design of our economic systems, and even our societal relationships.

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Elgar Research Agendas outline the future of research in a given area. Leading scholars are given the space to explore their subject in provocative ways, and map out the potential directions of travel. They are relevant but also visionary.

Exploring how demographic dynamism continues to shape the character of societies, this forward-looking Research Agenda offers insights into how the human population has undergone fundamental demographic shifts, and the impact these have had on how we organize ourselves politically, the design of our economic systems, and even our societal relationships.

The Research Agenda first introduces readers to the foundations of demographic change: fertility, mortality and migration. Chapters examine the political impact of forced migration, urbanization, gender dynamics, the intersection of race, identity and electoral politics, religious and ethnic groups, and health. The implications of the geographic shift in population centres from the Global North to the Global South are also highlighted, as well as the relationship between demography on the one hand and political and economic power on the other.

This will be an invigorating read for social science scholars looking to develop their research or interact with current research trends, particularly scholars of human geography, development studies and geopolitics.
Critical Acclaim
‘Jennifer Sciubba’s collection highlights crucial research questions on political demography. Must an older world be a more peaceful world, a young population more rebellious? How to highlight the neglected internally-displaced? Is universal urbanisation a threat? How destabilising are biased sex ratios? How will whites manage minority status? How does the weaponisation of fertility and population provoke conflict? Can the challenges of demographic dividend and youth bulge be met? A thought-provoking vista of a turbulent future.’
– David Coleman, University of Oxford, UK

‘A Research Agenda for Political Demography has raised the bar by pulling together scholarly work on the critical impact of demographic change—both incremental and seismic—on issues of economic development and migration, gender and race, climate change and conflict. Policy-makers and researchers in health, economics, national security and urban planning will gain new insights on the state of current research, critical questions which can be addressed as well as recommendations on gaps and further areas for inquiry. A stimulating and insightful read.’
– Jeffrey Jordan, President and CEO, PRB, US

‘Not using demography to anticipate the all-too-predictable economic slowdowns, growing populism, and conflict is a major analytic crime and government failing. If you want to know what is coming over the horizon and reshape the future to your advantage, read this book by world-class political scientists and demographers.’
– Mathew Burrows, Director of the Atlantic Council's Foresight, Strategy and Risks Initiative, US

Contributors
Contributors include: A. Braithwaite, T.S. Chu, R. Cincotta, M. Cobb, S. Fry, S. Gaith, J.A. Goldstone, V.M. Hudson, E. Kaufmann, E. Leahy Madsen, J.F. May, K. Patierno, J.D. Sciubba, M.S. Teitelbaum, M.D. Toft, H. Weber, J. Youde
Contents
Contents:

1 Introduction to A Research Agenda for Political
Demography 1
Jennifer D. Sciubba

PART I FOUNDATIONS OF DEMOGRAPHIC CHANGE
2 Research in population aging: uncharted territory 17
Jennifer D. Sciubba
3 Progressing research on forced migration 29
Tiffany S. Chu
4 Urbanization: poverty, conflict, and climate
change as causes and consequences 45
Matthew Cobb and Alex Braithwaite
5 Sex, demographics and national security 61
Valerie M. Hudson

PART II IMPLICATIONS OF DEMOGRAPHIC CHANGE:
CONTEXT AND CONNECTIONS
6 Whiteshift: demographic change, populism and
polarization in the West 81
Eric Kaufmann
7 Wombfare: the weaponization of fertility 101
Monica Duffy Toft
8 Health and demography 115
Jeremy Youde
9 Population, rebellion and revolution 131
Jack A. Goldstone
10 A research agenda for youth policies and investments 147
John F. May
11 Demography and democracy 161
Hannes Weber
12 Demographic engineering and strategic demography 179
Michael S. Teitelbaum
13 The demographic dividend: positive prospects,
unclear path 199
Kaitlyn Patierno, Elizabeth Leahy Madsen and Smita Gaith
14 Forecasting in age-structural time 215
Richard Cincotta
15 A twenty-first century agenda for policy-relevant
demographic research 235
Suzanne E. Fry

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