Comparative Political Studies

Comparative Political Studies

2015 Impact Factor: 2.214
2015 Ranking: 14/163 in Political Science
2016 Release of Journal Citation Reports, Source: 2015 Web of Science Data

David J. Samuels University of Minnesota, USA
Benjamin W. Ansell University of Oxford, UK

eISSN: 15523829 | ISSN: 00104140 | Current volume: 50 | Current issue: 3 Frequency: 14 Times/YearTimes/Year

For more than 40 years, Comparative Political Studies has been the place to turn for the most timely information on methodology, theory, and research in the field of comparative politics.

The international political arena has become increasingly complex and active. As a result, interest and work in this field of study has grown dramatically in recent years. To keep up with the demand for scholarship, Comparative Political Studies has expanded its publishing frequency. Now you'll receive ten issues each year, filled with articles that are timely, cover a wide variety of topics, and are authored by the best people in the field.

In-Depth Coverage

The editorial team of Comparative Political Studies selects only the very best relevant, in-depth analyses of many cross-national political issues. Some of the subject areas you will find include:

  • European Integration
  • Regional Mobilization
  • European Monetary Politics
  • Labor Markets
  • Democratic Consolidation
  • Bargaining Institutions
  • Peace Movements
  • Electoral Systems
  • Party Strategies
  • Redemocratization
  • Production Strategies
  • Human Rights

International Forum

Comparative Political Studies is a forum for the exchange of ideas between scholars and students of comparative politics. Journal articles discuss innovative work on comparative methodology, theory, and research from around the world. Previous contributions have included exhaustive research to ensure that readers get the fullest picture on a global scale—from democracy in the Third World to civil-military relations in the Middle East, from electoral systems and party politics in Eastern Europe to economic performance in Latin America, from comparisons of political asylum in North America and Western Europe to national conflicts in Asian countries. Whatever the topic, Comparative Political Studies is always at the forefront of the field, providing valuable analyses with important implications for the formation of domestic and foreign policies.


Comparative Political Studies is a journal of social and political science which publishes scholarly work on comparative politics at both the cross-national and intra-national levels. We are particularly interested in articles which have an innovative theoretical argument and are based on sound and original empirical research. We also encourage submissions about comparative methodology, particularly when methodological arguments are closely linked with substantive issues in the field.

Managing Editors
Katrina Heimark University of Minnesota, USA
Lucas Lockhart  
Editorial Board
John Ahlquist University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA
David Altman Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
Octavio Amorim Fundacion Getulio Vargas
Leo Arriola University of California, Berkeley, USA
David Art Tufts University, USA
Kathleen Bawn University of California-Los Angeles, USA
Pablo Beramendi Duke University, USA
Johanna Birnir University of Maryland, USA
Jason Brownlee University of Texas, Austin, USA
Ernesto Calvo University of Maryland, USA
Melani Cammett Harvard University
Giovanni Capoccia University of Oxford
Teri Caraway University of Minnesota, USA
Kanchan Chandra New York University, USA
Kathleen Collins University of Minnesota, USA
Pepper Culpepper European University Institute, Italy
Catherine de Vries University of Oxford, UK
Thad Dunning University of California, Berkeley, USA
Tulia Falletti University of Pennsylvania, USA
Orfeo Fioretos Temple University, USA
Joan Freeman University of Minnesota, USA
Timothy Frye Columbia University, USA
Jennifer Gandhi Emory University, USA
John Gerring Boston University, USA
Jane Gingrich University of Oxford
Matt Golder Pennsylviania State University
Sona Golder Pennsylvania State University
Jane Green University of Manchester
Silja Hausermann University of Zurich
Lisa Hilbink University of Minnesota, USA
Sara Hobolt London School of Economics, UK
Mala Htun University of New Mexico, USA
Maria Inclán CIDE, Mexico
Alan Jacobs University of British Columbia
Stathis Kalyvas Yale University, USA
Orit Kedar Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Judith Kelley Duke University, USA
Desmond King University of Oxford
Johannes Lindvall Lund University
Julia Lynch University of Pennsylvania, USA
Lauren Maclean University of Indiana
James Mahoney Northwestern University
Rahsaan Maxwell University of North Carolina, USA
Bonnie Meguid University of Rochester
Andrew Mertha Cornell University, USA
Victoria Murillo Columbia University, USA
Gabriel Negretto CIDE, Mexico
Irfan Nooruddin Asian Studies Program, Georgetown University, USA
Tom Pepinsky Cornell University, USA
Will Reno Northwestern University, USA
Stephanie Rickard London School of Economics
Graeme Robertson University of North Carolina, USA
Frances Rosenbluth Yale University, USA
Michael Ross University of California-Los Angeles, USA
Sebastian Saiegh University of California, San Diego, USA
Dan Slater University of Chicago, USA
Milan Svolik University of Illinois, USA
Margit Tavits Washington University of St Louis, USA
Georg Vanberg Duke University, USA
Ashutosh Varshney Brown University, USA
Kurt Weyland University of Texas, Austin, USA
Stephen Whitefield University of Oxford
Hyeok Yong Kwon Korea University
Daniel Ziblatt Harvard University, USA
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    Guidelines for Authors and Reviewers:

    CPS is committed to publishing the full range of scholarship political scientists produce. We welcome papers using any methodological approach, as long as the method is appropriate to the research question.

    What follows are a set of suggestions for authors and reviewers to take into consideration, as they are central to evaluating manuscripts.

    1. Papers should explore an important political phenomenon or causal process

    2. Papers should clearly articulate a substantively important and theoretically relevant research question of subfield-wide interest and appeal.

    3. Papers should locate the research within the appropriate literature on the subject.

    4. Where appropriate, papers should explain their research design and logic of case selection. CPS is open to case-studies as well as large-N quantitative studies. Still, questions that might require answering include “What were the criteria used to select cases or research sites?” “How does the case selection help answer the paper’s main question?” “How might choosing other cases influence the paper’s conclusion?” or “How do the cases vary on independent and dependent variables?”

    5. All submissions should clearly explain why the method or methods employed are appropriate to address the question the paper poses, and they should clearly explain the methodology adopted.

    6. Papers should address issues of validation of evidence. This may involve the use of negative cases, counterfactuals, use of multiple methods, robustness checks, and comparisons with findings from other published research (both qualitative and quantitative). The paper should convince readers that the findings are reliable, and trustworthy.

    7. The paper must transparently explain the data analysis process. It should describe the coding procedures (if any), the procedures for understanding and interpreting evidence gathered to support the paper’s argument, and the methodology used to establish and confirm (or disconfirm) the existence of themes and/or patterns in the data. Depending on the method and the data, some of this information may appear in footnotes or an (online-only) appendix.

    8. Authors submitting empirical work must be willing to provide datasets to accompany their submissions or give the location of the datasets they are using upon request. Empirical articles will not be published without accompanying original datasets and replication code; these will be posted publicly on the CPS website upon publication. Embargoes on proprietary data may be considered. Unless requested otherwise, decision letters, correspondences, and license requests will be sent by email to the corresponding author.

    Manuscript Requirements:

    Manuscripts may be created in Word and submitted in .doc format, or created in LaTeX and submitted in .pdf format. Articles should be double-spaced, with 1” margins all around, a 12-point font (Times New Roman preferred), and contain a maximum of 12,000 words, including abstract, notes, references, tables and figures. Longer submissions will not be considered. Footnotes and bibliographic citations for new submissions should follow the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition).

    The paper’s abstract must state precisely the intellectual problem under consideration, the method or argument addressed to the problem, and the conclusions reached by the author(s). It must be no longer than 150 words.

    The corresponding author must submit an anonymous manuscript with all identifying information removed. “Identifying information” includes all authors’ names and affiliations, any expressions of gratitude to colleagues and/or funding agencies, and lists of presentations at conferences or invited talks. In addition, any citations to authors’ work (published or unpublished) should be cited as “Author.” The submitted file archive must be named “blinded version.”

    Review Process:

    Comparative Political Studies employs a partial triple-blind review process to give authors a reasonably unbiased assessment of their research. We first conduct an internal, blind review. If editors decide to send a paper out for external review, administrative procedures require that CPS staff learn authors' identity. However, authors will remain anonymous to external reviewers throughout the process.

    As part of the submission process you will be asked to provide the names of peers who could be called upon to review your manuscript. Recommended reviewers should be experts in their fields and should be able to provide an objective assessment of the manuscript. Please be aware of any conflicts of interest when recommending reviewers. Examples of conflicts of interest include (but are not limited to) the following:

    · The reviewer should have no prior knowledge of your submission

    · The reviewer should not have recently collaborated with any of the authors

    · Reviewer nominees from the same institution as any of the authors are not permitted

    · Anyone with whom any author has a family or other close personal relationship.

    Recommendations must include a contact email. Please note that the Editors are not obliged to invite any recommended reviewers to assess your manuscript. Authors may also request that submissions not be sent to a maximum of 4 individuals, with a brief explanation as to why.

    CPS does not accept simultaneous submissions, nor review manuscripts the journal previously rejected. Please confirm in your cover letter that the material has not been submitted to another journal or published elsewhere in substantially similar form or with similar content. Authors in doubt about what constitutes prior publication should consult the editors.

    Obtaining English-Language Help:

    Authors who would like to refine the use of English in their manuscripts might consider using the services of a professional English-language editing company. We highlight some of these companies at Please be aware that SAGE has no affiliation with these companies and makes no endorsement of them. An author's use of these services in no way guarantees that his or her submission will ultimately be accepted. Any arrangement an author enters into will be exclusively between the author and the particular company, and any costs incurred are the sole responsibility of the author.

    All inquiries on new manuscripts should be sent to the editors at


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