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Politics & Society

Politics & Society

eISSN: 15527514 | ISSN: 00323292 | Current volume: 48 | Current issue: 3 Frequency: Quarterly

The Best in Critical Social Inquiry

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.

Politics & Society was established in the late 1960s as an alternative, critical voice of the social sciences. The journal's editorial mission is to encourage a tradition of critical analysis through the development of Marxist, post-Marxist and other radical perspectives. It presents rational and engaged discourse, and reconstructs social inquiry though scholarship that addresses fundamental questions of politics, theory and policy.

Today, the journal remains committed to its founding purposes and continues to publish well-researched articles that raise questions about the way the world is organized politically, economically, and socially. Politics & Society regularly debates such topics as the theory of the state, class analysis, politics of gender, methodological individualism and rational choice, and the future of capitalism and socialism.

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. Previous Special Issues have included:

  • The New Politics of Inequality in Europe (September 2016)
  • Social Protection in the Developing World: Challenges, Continuity, and Change (December 2015)
  • The Rights of Noncitizens (September 2014)
  • Rewarding Regulation in Latin America (December 2013)

Politics & Society is a peer-reviewed journal. All submitted papers are read by a rotating editorial board member. If a paper is deemed potentially publishable, it is sent to another board member, who, if agreeing that it is potentially publishable, sends it to a third board member. If and only if all three agree, the paper is sent to the entire editorial board for consideration at board meetings. The editorial board meets three times a year, and the board members who are present (usually between 9 and 14) make decisions through a deliberative process that also considers written reports from absent members. Unlike many journals which rely on 1–3 individual blind referee reports and a single editor with final say, the peers who decide whether to accept submitted work are thus the full editorial board of the journal, comprised of scholars from various disciplines, who discuss papers openly, with author names known, at meetings. Editors are required to disclose potential conflicts of interest when evaluating manuscripts and to recuse themselves from voting if such a potential exists.

We believe that our procedures have several advantages. First, multiple disciplinary and theoretical perspectives are brought to bear on each paper, which helps make publications accessible to a wide range of social scientists. Second, extensive discussion allows us to discern each article’s potential, and our division of labor allows us to work closely with authors to strengthen their submissions. Finally, the deliberative process, multiplicity of reviewers, and absence of editorial hierarchy serves to reduce any individual bias against work that breaks new ground, allowing us to be open to challenges to social science orthodoxy.

We seek to publish original analyses of politics, including its social roots and its consequences. In its broadest sense, politics encompasses conflicts over the shape of social life, whether on the shop floor, within the family, or in the realms of the state and the world economy. The quest for a good society is also enduringly a part of political life.

Contributions are welcome from people of many disciplines, and they may take the form of theoretical essays, historical investigations, philosophical reflections, and empirical research. The journal emphasizes the use of lucid English in its articles. Politics & Society is committed to developing Marxist, post-Marxist, and other radical perspectives and to examining what Robert Lynd once called “some outrageous hypotheses.”

Editorial Board
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
Antje Ellermann University of British Columbia, Canada
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
Molly 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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  • Manuscript Submission

    Contributions must be submitted electronically-only as Word or PDF files to Note, however, that for production purposed, final versions of accepted articles need to be in Word format. Please do not submit hard copies. Please include your name, address, phone, fax, email address, biographical sketch, and an abstract on the title page. Politics & Society will not consider manuscripts currently under review with any other journal or manuscripts that significantly overlap with another publication, forthcoming or otherwise. Notes must be double spaced and placed at the end of the text (not at the bottom of pages). Politics & Society follows Chicago endnote style (The Chicago Manual of Style, 17th ed., Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2017). Notes must be complete: References (NB all journal and book titles should appear in italics): journal articles must include volume and issue numbers, as well as month and year of publication; references to books must list the author, title, city and year of publication, and publisher; references to contributed books must list the contributor, title of the contributor's essay, and full book information, including editor(s). Manuscripts should not exceed 12,000 words, excluding notes, reference lists, and appendixes. All publication decisions are made by the editorial board as a whole at its quarterly meetings. There, one of four possible decisions is made: (1) acceptance; (2) conditional acceptance, pending revisions; (3) rejection and resubmission; or (4) rejection. In the case of a decision to accept pending revisions, the coordinating editor usually determines if the author's changes meet the board's requests. In the case of a decision to reject and resubmit, the article is treated as a new submission and is reread and rediscussed by the entire board. Contributors should receive a decision within five months of submission. Further questions should be sent to Paul Dudenhefer (

    Note on figures: Color figures and the like (if used) will appear in color only in the online version of the article, unless the author pays for color printing. If the author does not pay for color printing, then the author should either make all figures grayscale and revise the text discussion of the figures and their captions accordingly, or provide both color and grayscale figures and prepare two versions of the text discussion of the figures and captions, one for the grayscale versions and one for the color versions.

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    If you or your funder wish your article to be freely available online to nonsubscribers immediately upon publication (gold open access), you can opt for it to be included in SAGE Choice, subject to payment of a publication fee. The manuscript submission and peer review procedure is unchanged. On acceptance of your article, you will be asked to let SAGE know directly if you are choosing SAGE Choice. To check journal eligibility and the publication fee, please visit SAGE Choice. For more information on open access options and compliance at SAGE, including self author archiving deposits (green open access) visit SAGE Publishing Policies on our Journal Author Gateway.


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