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Politics & Society

Politics & Society


eISSN: 15527514 | ISSN: 00323292 | Current volume: 49 | Current issue: 4 Frequency: Quarterly

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In today's rapidly changing political and social climate, it's more important than ever for political and social scientists to keep on the cutting edge of critical and analytical thinking on issues vital to society. Politics & Society, a distinguished and respected peer-reviewed quarterly publication, is your best source for such perspectives.

Established in the late 1960s as an alternative, critical voice of the social sciences, Politics & Society publishes original analyses of politics, its social roots, and its consequences. In its broadest sense, politics encompasses conflicts over the shape and future of society. These conflicts, in countries throughout the world, play out in parliaments and civil society, in the workplace and the managerial office, the party and the bureaucracy, the NGO and the government ministry, the courtroom and the community, the military and the university, the national or global economy, the social movement and the family. The quest for a good society, both proposals pushing it and impediments blocking it, is also enduringly a part of political life, and so we welcome papers proposing radical visions and alternatives, as well as those interrogating class, racial, national, and gender inequalities. We seek papers from a variety of disciplines that combine field work or other types of empirical research with critical theoretical reflection. Papers analyzing transformations in political contention, thought, and discourse are also welcome. We look for cutting-edge work with interesting ideas, and we are open to what some have called “outrageous hypotheses” that address persisting social problems yet can neither be proved nor disproved. Chiefly, then, we seek papers that matter: that speak to pressing questions of our time, prompt serious thought and perhaps relevant action, and appeal to scholars and social actors in important and provocative ways.

Multidisciplinary Perspective
In the pages of Politics & Society, you will find theoretical articles, philosophical reflections, and empirical research reflecting a wide range of disciplines including: political science • sociology • economics • history • anthropology • philosophy • law • geography • public policy

In-Depth Coverage
Politics & Society occasionally supplements its broad coverage with comprehensive, single-theme Special Issues dedicated to select areas of interest.


Established in the late 1960s as an alternative, critical voice of the social sciences, Politics & Society publishes original analyses of politics, its social roots, and its consequences. In its broadest sense, politics encompasses conflicts over the shape and future of society. These conflicts, in countries throughout the world, play out in parliaments and civil society, in the workplace and the managerial office, the party and the bureaucracy, the NGO and the government ministry, the courtroom and the community, the military and the university, the national or global economy, the social movement and the family. The quest for a good society, both proposals pushing it and impediments blocking it, is also enduringly a part of political life, and so we welcome papers proposing radical visions and alternatives, as well as those interrogating class, racial, national, and gender inequalities. We seek papers from a variety of disciplines that combine field work or other types of empirical research with critical theoretical reflection. Papers analyzing transformations in political contention, thought, and discourse are also welcome. We look for cutting-edge work with interesting ideas, and we are open to what some have called “outrageous hypotheses” that address persisting social problems yet can neither be proved nor disproved. Chiefly, then, we seek papers that matter: that speak to pressing questions of our time, prompt serious thought and perhaps relevant action, and appeal to scholars and social actors in important and provocative ways.

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Rina Agarwala Johns Hopkins University, USA
Joel Andreas Johns Hopkins University, USA
Fred Block University of California, Davis, USA
John R. Bowman Queens College, USA
José Antonio Cheibub Texas A&M University, USA
Nitsan Chorev Brown University
Archon Fung Harvard University, USA
Shireen Hassim Carleton University, Canada
Patrick Heller Brown University, USA
Pauline Jones University of Michigan, USA
Ira Katznelson Columbia University, USA
Magali Sarfatti Larson Temple University, USA
Margaret Levi University of Washington, Seattle, USA
Mieke Meurs American University, USA
Will Milberg New School for Social Research, USA
Kimberly J. Morgan George Washington University, USA
Mary Nolan New York University, USA
David Ost Hobart and William Smith Colleges, USA
David Plotke New School for Social Research, USA
Gay Seidman University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA
Vilna Treitler University of California, Santa Barbara, USA
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