Journal of Theoretical Politics

Journal of Theoretical Politics

2015 Impact Factor: 0.635
2015 Ranking: 100/163 in Political Science
2016 Release of Journal Citation Reports, Source: 2015 Web of Science Data

Torun Dewan London School of Economics, UK
John Patty University of Chicago, USA
Founding Editors
Elinor Ostrom Indiana University, Bloomington

eISSN: 14603667 | ISSN: 09516298 | Current volume: 29 | Current issue: 1 Frequency: Quarterly

"Journals of political theory tend mainly to deal with the history of political thought. But the Journal of Theoretical Politics is different. It is concerned with thinking about problems in a systematic way which makes it unique in and important to the profession. We should constantly remind ourselves that a science without theory is a poor science" Giovanni Sartori

Journal of Theoretical Politics is the major journal for publication of work concerned with the development of theory in the study of political processes. It provides an authoritative forum for the publication of original, fully refereed papers that seek to make genuinely theoretical contributions to the study of politics.

The journal offers rigorous articles on a range of theoretical topics. It focuses on new theoretical work that is broadly accessible to political scientists and enhances an understanding of political processes.

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The Journal of Theoretical Politics is an international peer-reviewed journal one of whose principal aims is to foster the development of theory in the study of political processes. It provides a forum for the publication of original papers seeking to make genuinely theoretical contributions to the study of politics.

The journal includes rigorous analytical articles on a range of theoretical topics. In particular, it focuses on new theoretical work which is broadly accessible to social scientists and contributes to our understanding of political processes. It also includes original syntheses of recent theoretical developments in diverse fields.

The journal does not favour any specific theoretical perspective, but emphasizes the general importance of theory in political science. It also encourages articles which evaluate the relative merits of completing theories to explain empirical phenomena.

The journal aims to include papers from fields such as:

  • conceptual analysis and methodological criticism
  • rational-choice, social choice, game theory and other deductive approaches
  • systems theory, cybernetics and information theory
  • democratic politics and international relations
  • theory of bureaucracy and organizations
  • origins and effects of institutions

Editorial Board
Scott Ashworth University of Chicago, USA
Anna Bassi University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, USA
Kathleen Bawn University of California-Los Angeles, USA
Jenna Bednar University of Michigan, USA
Andres Blais University of Montreal, Canada
Steve Brams New York University, USA
Steve Callander Stanford University, USA
Randall Calvert Washington University in St. Louis, USA
Cliff Carrubba Emory University, USA
Tom Clark Emory University, USA
Josep Colomer Georgetown University, USA
Gary Cox Stanford University, USA
Christophe Crombez Stanford University, USA
Torun Dewan London School of Economics, UK
Keith Dowding Australian National University, Australia
Tiberiu Dragu New York University, USA
John Dryzek University of Canberra, USA
Marc Fleurbaey Princeton University, USA
Justin Fox Washington University in St. Louis, USA
Bruno Frey Zeppelin University, Germany
Sean Gailmard University of California-Berkeley, USA
Barbara Geddes UCLA, USA
Elisabeth Gerber University of Michigan, USA
Bob Grafstein University of Georgia, USA
Catherine Hafer New York University, USA
Alan Hamlin University of Manchester, UK
Thomas Hammond Michigan State University, USA
Gretchen Helmke University of Rochester, USA
Adrienne Heritier European University Institute, Italy
Rafael Hortala-Vallve London School of Economics, UK
Indridi Indridason University of California, USA
Kristin Kanthak University of Pittsburgh, USA
Dimitri Landa New York University, USA
Jeffrey Lax Columbia University, USA
Bahar Leventoglu Duke University, USA
Ethan Bueno de Mesquita University of Chicago, USA
Nick Miller University of Maryland-Baltimore County, USA
Burt Monroe Pennsylvania State University
James Morrow University of Michigan, USA
David Myatt London Business School, UK
Monika Nalepa University of Chicago, USA
Hannu Nurmi University of Turku, Finland
Franz Pappi University of Mannheim, Germany
Elizabeth Penn University of Chicago, USA
Thomas Pluemper University of Essex, UK
Mattias Polborn University of Illinois, USA
Kris Ramsay Princeton University, USA
Jim Rogers Texas A&M University, USA
Ken Shepsle Harvard University, USA
David Siegel Duke University, USA
Branislav Slantchev University of California-San Diego, USA
Alastair Smith New York University, USA
Duncan Snidal Oxford University, UK
Francesco Squintani University of Warwick, UK
Matthew Stephenson Harvard Law School, USA
Bernard Steunenberg University of Leiden, Netherlands
Milan Svolik University of Illinois, USA
Ahmer Tarar Texas A&M University, USA
George Tsebelis University of Michigan, USA
Martin van Hees University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
Georg Vanberg Duke University, USA
Alan Wiseman Vanderbilt University, USA
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