Political Studies

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Edited By: Cees van der Eijk, Vivien Lowndes, Christopher Pierson and Mark Wenman

Impact Factor: 0.939

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2014: 59/161 (Political Science)

Online ISSN: 1467-9248

Associated Title(s): The British Journal of Politics & International Relations, Political Insight, Political Studies Review, Politics

Virtual Issues

We are pleased to present the following Virtual Issues from Political Studies:

Harrison Prize Winners

Aspects of the History and Historiography of Political Studies

PSA Members' Top Voted Articles


Electoral Systems

Deliberative Democracy

Social Capital


Harrison Prize Winners


This virtual issue contains all the papers which have been awarded the Harrison Prize over the last ten years. The Harrison Prize is named in honour of Wilfrid Harrison, who was Chair of the Political Studies Association from 1963 - 1964 and the first editor of Political Studies.

How Proximate and ‘Meta-institutional’ Contexts Shape Institutional Change: Explaining the Rise of the People's Bank of China
Stephen Bell and Hui Feng

Why Didn't They See it Coming? Warning Signs, Acceptable Risks and the Global Financial Crisis
Andrew Hindmoor and Allen McConnell

The Dynamics of Competitor Party Behaviour
Martin Bækgaard and Carsten Jensen

Recognition and Social Esteem: A Case Study of the Struggles of People Affected by Leprosy
Ricardo Fabrino Mendonça

Women's Representation in Parliament: A Qualitative Comparative Analysis
Mona Lena Krook

Extremist Outbidding in Ethnic Party Systems is Not Inevitable: Tribune Parties in Northern Ireland
Paul Mitchell, Geoffrey Evans and Brendan O'Leary

Does political information matter? An experimental test relating to party positions on Europe
James Tilley, Christopher Wlezien

For Queen and Company: The Role of Intelligence in the UK’s Arms Trade
Robert Dover

Thick Cosmopolitanism
Andrew Dobson

John Stuart Mill and Unassimilated Subjects
Mark Tunick

'All for One and One for All': Transactions Cost and Collective Action
Philip Jones

Citizenship and Civic Engagement: Attitudes and Behaviour in Britain
Charles Pattie , Patrick Seyd and Paul Whitele

Shifting the Balance? Parliament, the Executive and the British Constitution
Matthew Flinders

Bicameralism and Party Politics in Germany: an Empirical Social Choice Analysis
Thomas König

Government, Interest Groups and Policy Change
Jeremy Richardson


Virtual Issues from Political Studies

Aspects of the History and Historiography of Political Studies

Published: 10 Dec 2010

Edited By: Elizabeth Meehan


In reviewing the contents of Political Studies as part of the editors' search for a Virtual Issue to mark the Association's sixtieth anniversary, I thought that many articles, while perhaps not suitable for that Virtual Issue, were of interest for what they told us about developments in the branches of the discipline and across the discipline in theory and methodology. In order to arrive at a manageable number of papers to include here, I have excluded articles on arguments over particular concepts and debates in particular sub-fields. Instead, I have chosen more 'synoptic' articles about developments in the main branches and about methodological debates that affect the discipline as a whole. The chosen articles reveal attempts to differentiate, reintegrate, expand and recover fields and methods of enquiry. They are preceded by a more descriptive article that reflects on the history of the discipline at the point of the Association's twenty-fifth anniversary. All, I hope, give a flavour of the excitements and challenges of the discipline over the last sixty years. Of this and the reasons for my choices, I say more in my introductory essay.

Click here to read the introductory essay.

Political Studies in Britain: Recollections and Comments
Norman Chester

The Resurgence of Political Theory
David Miller

The Pertinence of International Relations
Fred Halliday

Foreign Policy Analysis
Steve Smith

Comparing Forms of Comparative Analysis
Richard Rose

Then and Now: Comparative Politics
Jean Blondel

The Behavioural Ideology: A Review and a Retrospect
Bernard Susser

Feminism and Political Analysis
Vicky Randall

The Rise of "New" Policy Instruments in Comparative Perspective: Has Governance Eclipsed Government?
Andrew Jordan, Rudiger K. W. Wurzel and Anthony Zito

Political Studies and the Contextual Turn: A Methodological/Normative Critique
Stephanie Lawson

Why Political Science Needs History
Dennis Kavanagh


Virtual Issues from Political Studies

PSA Members' Top Voted Articles

Published: 10 Aug 2010


This virtual issue of Political Studies contains a very special set of articles, compiled in honour of the 60th Anniversary of the UK Political Studies Association and showcasing some of the 'best' articles published since the launch of Political Studies in 1953. The process for compiling this issue has covered many stages, beginning in the summer of 2009 when the Editorial Board asked as many (former) Chairs of the PSA as possible to select the articles that they personally considered to be the most significant from the Political Studies archive. This initial selection produced a list of 88 individual articles. The list was then sorted by decade and an email survey was conducted with all current PSA members to invite them to vote for the best articles in each decade. Three email invitations were sent and in total we received 337 sets of votes. Once the results were in it soon became clear that in each of the six decades there were two articles that clearly ranked above the others. The Editorial Board therefore took the decision to make the issue a compendium of the twelve 'Top Voted' articles between 1953 and 2010, and these are the articles which you are now able to access via the links below.

To read the full introduction to this virtual issue, click here.

What Is Socialism?
G. D. H. Cole

The Anonymous Empire
S. E. Finer

The New Democracy
Graeme Duncan And Steven Lukes

Parties, Factions and Tendencies In Britain
Richard Rose

Order vs Justice In International Society
Hedley Bull

Overload: Problems of Governing In The 1970s
Anthony King

The Discipline Of The New Democracy: Mrs Thatcher's Domestic Statecraft
Jim Bulpitt

Re-Reading Political Theory From A Woman's Perspective
Diana Coole

Political Science And The Three New Institutionalisms
Peter A Hall And Rosemary C R Taylor

The New Governance: Governing Without Government
R. A. W. Rhodes

Government, Interest Groups And Policy Change
Jeremy Richardson

Political Studies As Narrative And Science 1880-2000
Mark Bevir


Virtual Issues from Political Studies


Published: 30 Apr 2009

Edited By: Katharine Adeney


The papers contained within this Virtual Issue bring together this journal's principal contributions to the multicultural debate over the last decade. Taken together they demonstrate the wide ranging parameters of these debates as well as their importance in the contemporary world.

The Multicultural State We're In: Muslims, 'Multiculture' and the 'Civic Re-balancing' of British Multiculturalism
Nasar Meer, Tariq Modood

The Language of Democracy: Vernacular or Esperanto? A Comparison between the Multiculturalist and Cosmopolitan Perspectives
Daniele Archibugi

Feminisms, Islamophobia and Identities
Haleh Afshar, Rob Aitken, Myfanwy Franks

Liberal Nationalism and Cultural Rights
Geoffrey Brahm Levey

Conflicting Equalities? Cultural Group Rights and Sex Equality
Monique Deveaux

Pluralism and Toleration in Contemporary Political Philosophy
John Gray

Constructions of Cultural Identity: Multiculturalism and Exclusion
Sasja Tempelman

Universals and Particulars: the Case of Liberal Cultural Nationalism
Jonathan Seglow


Virtual Issues from Political Studies

Electoral Systems

Published: 01 Nov 2008

Edited By: Sean Carey


This Virtual Issue presents material on electoral systems published in Political Studies in recent years. These articles make a significant contribution to our understanding of how electoral systems emerge and their impact, and provide a clear framework for studying them.

The Politics of Electoral Reform Abolition: The Informed Process of Israel's Return to Its Previous Electoral System
Gideon Rahat

Duverger's Law, Penrose's Power Index and the Unity of the UK
Iain McLean, Alistair McMillan, Dennis Leech

It's Parties That Choose Electoral Systems (or, Duverger's Laws Upside Down)
Josep M. Colomer

British Trade Unions and European Union Integration in the 1990s: Politics versus Political Economy
Gerard Strange

On the Reasonableness of Compelling Citizens to ‘Vote’: the Australian Case
Lisa Hill

The Twilight of Westminster? Electoral Reform and its Consequences
Pippa Norris

The d’Hondt and Hare/Niemeyer Methods and the Northern Ireland Election of 30 May 1996
Paul O’Doherty

Electoral Systems, Campaign Strategies, and Vote Choice in the Ukrainian Parliamentary and Presidential Elections of 1994
Sarah Birch

Fair Representation and the Concept of Proportionality
John Baker

Designing Electoral Institutions: STV Systems and their Consequences
David M. Farrell, Malcolm Mackerras, Ian McAllister


Virtual Issues from Political Studies

Deliberative Democracy

Published: 01 Oct 2008

Edited By: Matthew Festenstein


The deliberative account of democracy has become a powerful paradigm in political theory and the articles in this Virtual Issue make available important research from leading contributors to the debates which have shaped this tradition of research.

Enacting Democracy
Michael Saward

Legitimacy Problems in Deliberative Democracy
John Parkinson

When Does Deliberation Begin? Internal Reflection versus Public Discussion in Deliberative Democracy
Robert E. Goodin, Simon J. Niemeyer

Deliberative Democracy and the Politics of Recognition
Cillian McBride

Integrated Deliberation: Reconciling Civil Society's Dual Role in Deliberative Democracy
Carolyn M. Hendriks

Turning Up The Heat: Partisanship In Deliberative Innovation
Carolyn Hendriks, John Dryzek, Christian Hunold

Hayekian Political Economy and the Limits of Deliberative Democracy
Mark Pennington

Rethinking Democratic Procedures: Democracy and Deliberative Experiences in Turkey's LA21 Process
Ulku Doğanay

Pre-Emptive Democracy: Oligarchic Tendencies in Deliberative Democracy
Aviezer Tucker

Open Citizens' Juries and the Politics of Sustainability
Owen O'Donnell, Platon Tinios, Hugh Ward

Five Arguments for Deliberative Democracy
Maeve Cooke

Citizens’ Juries and Deliberative Democracy
Graham Smith, Corinne Wales, Graham Smith

The Politics of Inclusive Agreements: towards a Critical Discourse Theory of Democracy
Shane O’Neill


Virtual Issues from Political Studies

Social Capital

Published: 01 Feb 2008

Edited By: Martin Smith


The papers in this Virtual Issue offer a rich seam of empirical and conceptual material on the nature and impact of social capital at local, national and regional levels and the ways in which social capital affects both political behaviour and economic performance.

Political Support: Social Capital, Civil Society, and Political and Economic Performance
Kenneth Newton

Of Time and Causality: A Simple Test of the Requirement of Social Capital in Making Democracy Work in Italy
Lauren McLaren, Vanessa Baird

Building Social Capital in City Politics: Scope and Limitations at the Inter-organisational Level
Graham Smith, William Maloney, Gerry Stoker

Social Capital and Regional Economies in Britain
Terrence Casey

Citizenship and Civic Engagement: Attitudes and Behaviour in Britain
Charles Pattie , Patrick Seyd and Paul Whitele

Advocate or Reflection? Associations and Political Culture
Tony Burns, Sigrid Roβteutscher

Social Capital and Local Governance: Exploring the Institutional Design Variable
Vivien Lowndes, David Wilson

Social Capital and Urban Governance: Adding a More Contextualized 'Top-down' Perspective
William Maloney, Graham Smith, Gerry Stoker

Economic Growth and Social Capital
Paul F. Whiteley