Politics & Policy

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Edited By: Emma R. Norman and David Mena

Online ISSN: 1747-1346

Virtual Issue: 40th Anniversary Retrospective

Editors’ Introduction

To commemorate Politics & Policy’s fortieth year of publication, the Editors wanted to launch a project that encompasses the future of the journal as an online publication, while also celebrating its long-standing and remarkable past. We announced last month several innovations that will be introduced in 2012 now that the journal’s recent move to electronic-only distribution has been made possible. As part of this project, we are delighted to welcome you to the first of two free virtual issues planned for this year to be released in addition to our customary six publications.

This virtual issue is, appropriately, a retrospective look at some of the most notable articles that mark the last decade or so of the journal’s long history and capture some of the key questions, narrow and broad, that have shaped the study of politics and policy since the momentous events of 9/11, both within the United States and beyond it. Of the many excellent articlesPolitics & Policy has published since 2001, these ten pieces stand out for their intellectual rigor, continued relevance, and in some cases, sheer popularity. The journal’s associate editors awarded our George H. Cox prize for best paper of the year to the first three for their original contributions to the literature, theoretical robustness, and relevance that extends beyond the narrower remit of their specialist audience. The next two articles by Hu and Phythian are characteristic of many of Politics & Policy’s articles over the last decade that speak to particularly engaging questions of the time that remain pertinent today—as evidenced by their consistent appearance among the journal’s top downloads since their publication in 2006. The contributions by Abramowitz and Knotts, and Bullock and McClellan, are exceptional examples of the rigorous analyses of issues in U.S. state and Southern electoral politics that has formed the bedrock of the journal’s support and contributions since its inception in 1973. And finally, the last three pieces illustrate Politics & Policy’s past and continuing project to publish scholarship that contributes strongly to specialist literatures while also maintaining a wide appeal across different subfields. It is not easy to excel in writing articles that are equally strong in both selectivity and scope, but the studies by Berggren et al., Hargrove, and Campbell are as outstanding for doing just that as they are for the continued relevance of their commentaries on democratic participation, presidential leadership, and gender and human rights, respectively.

Taken together, these ten articles capture and reflect the essence of Politics & Policy and the perspectives its past and present editors have endeavored to offer to the journal’s readers. We hope this retrospective taste will encourage you to revisit the research in past issues together with your exploration of the current volume.

--Emma R. Norman & David Mena


The Story of Good Citizenship: Framing Public Policy in the Context of Duty-Based versus Engaged Citizenship.
Mark K. McBeth, Donna L. Lybecker, Kacee A. Garner
Politics & Policy, 38, 1: 1–23.
2010/ 10.1111/j.1747-1346.2009.00226.x

Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research in the United States: Some Policy Options for Industry Development.
Olivia Harvey
Politics & Policy, 37, 1: 51–71.
2009/ 10.1111/j.1747-1346.2008.00161.x

Political Regimes, Bureaucracy, and Scientific Productivity.
Victor LaPuente and Remo Fernández-Carro
Politics & Policy, 36, 6: 1006–1043.
2008/ 10.1111/j.1747-1346.2008.00148.x

Confucianism and Contemporary Chinese Politics.
Shaohua Hu
Politics & Policy, 35, 1: 136–153
2007/ 10.1111/j.1747-1346.2007.00051.x

The Perfect Intelligence Failure? U.S. Pre-War Intelligence on Iraqi Weapons of Mass Destruction.
Mark Phythian
Politics & Policy, 34, 2: 400–424.
2006/ 10.1111/j.1747-1346.2006.00019.x

Ideological Realignment in the American Electorate: A Comparison of Northern and Southern White Voters in the Pre-Reagan, Reagan, and Post-Reagan Eras.
Alan I. Abramowitz and H. Gibbs Knotts
Politics & Policy, 34, 1: 94–108.
2006/ 10.1111/j.1747-1346.2006.00005.x

The County Boss in Statewide Elections: A Multivariate Analysis of Georgia's Bifactional Politics.
Charles S. Bullock and Jessica L. McClellan
Politics & Policy, 32, 4: 740–755.
2004/ 10.1111/j.1747-1346.2004.tb00203.x

Satisfied? Institutional Determinants of Citizen Evaluations of Democracy.
Heidi M. Berggren, Gregory A. Fugate, Robert R. Preuhs, and Dennis R. Still
Politics & Policy, 32, 1: 72–96
2004/ 10.1111/j.1747-1346.2004.tb00176.x

Presidential Leadership: Skill in Context.
Erwin C. Hargrove
Politics & Policy, 30, 2: 211–235.
2002/ 10.1111/j.1747-1346.2002.tb00122.x

Gendered Human Rights: The International Community’s Failed Response to the Persecution of Women.
Patricia Campbell
Politics & Policy, 29, 1: 121–145.
2001/ 10.1111/j.1747-1346.2001.tb00586.x

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