"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 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.
Journal of Theoretical Politics is available electronically on SAGE Journals Online at http://jtp.sagepub.com
The Journal of Theoretical Politics is an international 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
|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-Riverside, 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||Penn State University, USA|
|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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Clark JM and Hockey L (1979) Research for Nursing. Leeds: Dobson Publishers.
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Gumley V (1988) Skin cancers. In: Tschudin V and Brown EB (eds) Nursing the Patient with Cancer. London: Hall House, 26–52.
Article in a journal:
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Author A, Author B, Author C, et al. (year) Article title. Journal vol(iss): 00–00.
Huth EJ, King K and Lock S (1988) Uniform requirements for manuscripts submitted to biomedical journals. British Medical Journal 296(4): 401–405.
Article in a journal published ahead of print:
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Author A, Author B and Author C (year) Article title. Journal 00: 1–00 (accessed 00 month year).
Author A, Author B, Author C, et al. (year) Article title. Journal 00: 1–00 (accessed 00 month year).
Huth EJ, King K and Lock S (1988) Uniform requirements for manuscripts submitted to biomedical journals. British Medical Journal 00: 1–4 (accessed 7 October 2009).
Note: volume is given as “00”.
National Center for Professional Certification. (2002) Factors Affecting Organizational Climate and Retention. Available at: www.cwla.org./programmes/triechmann/2002fbwfiles.
Clark JM (2001) Referencing style for journals. Unpublished doctoral thesis, University of Leicester, Leicester.
Clark JM (2006) Referencing style for journals. The Independent, 21 May, p.10.
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