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Politics, Philosophy & Economics

Politics, Philosophy & Economics

Published in Association with The Murphy Institute of Political Economy

eISSN: 17413060 | ISSN: 1470594X | Current volume: 23 | Current issue: 1 Frequency: Quarterly

Politics, Philosophy & Economics is a unique forum for the interchange of methods and concepts among political scientists, philosophers and economists interested in the analysis and evaluation of political and economic institutions and practices. The peer-reviewed journal brings moral, economic and political theory to bear on the analysis, justification and criticism of social institutions and public policies, addressing matters such as constitutional design, property rights, distributive justice, the welfare state, egalitarianism, morals of the market, democratic socialism, and the evolution of norms.

"If you are looking for somewhere to publish original and creative work in the area where political science, economics and philosophy come together, the obvious place is Politics, Philosophy and Economics. It is a refreshing change from the numerous journals who are interested only in publishing more-of-the-same." Kenneth Binmore, Emiritus Professor of Economics, University College London

"This is a journal of exceptional quality. It fills an important niche, enriching all three of the disciplines in its title." Allen Buchanan, James B. Duke Professor of Philosophy and Public Policy, Duke University

"Politics, Philosophy and Economics consistently publishes material of the highest quality. It has already found its place in the small handful of top journals in political philosophy." George Klosko, Henry L. and Grace Doherty Professor of Politics, University of Virginia

"In just a few years Politics, Philosophy and Economics has come to be the first place I look for papers at the intersection of these three fields and the first place I think about when considering where I'd like my work at this intersection to appear" Alex Rosenberg, R. Taylor Cole Professor of Philosophy, Duke University

"Politics, Philosophy and Economics exemplifies the best features of a new journal in an established field. It reflects recent developments better than established journals; it connects more effectively across disciplinary divides; and it has a greater freshness and sense of purpose. I’m very impressed" Philip Pettit, L.S. Rockefeller University Professor of Politics and Human Values, Princeton University

"This is an impressive journal that will be of interest to political scientists, as well as to philosophers and economists who take an interest in political affairs" Times Higher Education Supplement

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Politics, Philosophy & Economics aims to bring moral, economic and political theory to bear on the analysis, justification and criticism of political and economic institutions and public policies. The Editors are committed to publishing peer-reviewed papers of high quality using various methodologies from a wide variety of normative perspectives. They seek to provide a distinctive forum for discussions and debates among political scientists, philosophers, and economists on such matters as constitutional design, property rights, distributive justice, the welfare state, egalitarianism, the morals of the market, democratic socialism, population ethics, and the evolution of norms. Of special interest are essays that are widely accessible. Scholars using more specialized techniques (of social choice theory, for example, or of game theory) are encouraged (and given space) to make their arguments and results more accessible to a broader audience.

Avia Pasternak University of Toronto Scarborough, Canada
Ryan Pevnick New York University, USA
David Wiens University of California, San Diego, USA
Founding Editors
Gerald F Gaus University of Arizona, USA
Jonathan Riley Tulane University, New Orleans, USA
Consulting Editors
Thomas Christiano University of Arizona, USA
Andrew Williams ICREA, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain
Associate Editors
Julianna Bidadanure Stanford University, USA
Gillian Brock University of Auckland, New Zealand
Paula Casal ICREA, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain
Mollie Gerver King's College London, UK
Claudio López- Guerra University of Richmond, USA
Adam Omar Hosein Northeastern University, USA
Sean Ingham University of California San Diego, USA
Jack Knight Duke University, USA
Dimitri Landa New York University, USA
Paul Segal Department of International Development, Kings College London
Johanna Thoma University of Bayreuth, Germany
Chad Van Schoelandt Tulane University, USA
Peter Vanderschraaf University of California, Merced, USA
Nicholas Vrousalis Erasmus University Rotterdam,Netherlands
Editorial Assistant
Kellie Warren Tulane University, USA
Editorial Board
Avidit Acharya Stanford University, USA
Elizabeth Anderson University of Michigan, USA
Jenna Bednar University of Michigan, USA
Cristina Bicchieri University of Pennsylvania, USA
Joseph Chan Academia Sinica, Taiwan
Jiwei Ci Oxford University, UK
Chiara Cordelli University of Chicago , USA
Franz Dietrich Paris School of Economics, France
Peter Dietsch University of Victoria, USA
Keith Dowding Australian National University, Australia
Jessica Flanigan University of Richmond, USA
Marc Fleurbaey Paris School of Economics, France
Michael Freeden Oxford University, UK
Steffen Ganghof Potsdam University, Germany
Pablo Gilabert Concordia University, Canada
Francesco Guala University of Milan, Italy
Lisa Herzog University of Groningen, Netherlands
Brad Hooker University of Reading, UK
Jeffrey Howard University College London, UK
James Johnson Rochester University, USA
David Miller Oxford University, UK
Michelle Moody-Adams Columbia University, USA
Jennifer Morton University of Pennsylvania, USA
Ryan Muldoon University at Buffalo, USA
Jake Nebel Princeton University, USA
Michae Neblo Ohio State University, USA
Martin O'Neill York University, UK
Kristi Olson Bowdoin College, USA
Carmen Pavel King's College London, UK
Elizabeth Maggie Penn Emory University, USA
Jonathan Quong University of Southern California, USA
Geoff Sayre-McCord, University of North Carolina, USA
Gina Schouten Harvard University, USA
Melissa Schwartzberg New York University, USA
Amartya Sen Harvard University, USA
Itai Sher, University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA
Kai Spiekermann London School of Economics, UK
Katie Steele Australian National University, Australia
Anna Stilz Princeton University, USA
Bob Sugden University of East Anglia, UK
Olufemi Taiwo Georgetown University, USA
Robert Taylor University of California, Davis
Ashwini Vathansakumer, Queen's University
Paul Weithman University of Notre Dame, USA
John Weymark Vanderbilt University, USA
Lea Ypi London School of Economics, UK
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  • Manuscript Submission Guidelines: Politics, Philosophy & Economics

    Please read the guidelines below then visit the Journal’s submission site to upload your manuscript. Please note that manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned.

    Only manuscripts of sufficient quality that meet the aims and scope of Politics, Philosophy & Economics will be reviewed.

    There are no fees payable to submit or publish in this Journal. Open Access options are available - see section 3.3 below.

    As part of the submission process you will be required to warrant that you are submitting your original work, that you have the rights in the work, and that you have obtained and can supply all necessary permissions for the reproduction of any copyright works not owned by you, that you are submitting the work for first publication in the Journal and that it is not being considered for publication elsewhere and has not already been published elsewhere. Please see our guidelines on prior publication and note that the journal may accept submissions of papers that have been posted on pre-print servers; please alert the Editorial Office when submitting (contact details are at the end of these guidelines) and include the DOI for the preprint in the designated field in the manuscript submission system. Authors should not post an updated version of their paper on the preprint server while it is being peer reviewed for possible publication in the journal. If the article is accepted for publication, the author may re-use their work according to the journal's author archiving policy.
    If your paper is accepted, you must include a link on your preprint to the final version of your paper.

    1. What do we publish?
      1.1 Aims & Scope
      1.2 Article types
      1.3 Writing your paper
    2. Editorial policies
      2.1 Peer review policy
      2.2 Authorship
      2.3 Acknowledgements
      2.4 Funding
      2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests
      2.6 Research Data
    3. Publishing policies
      3.1 Publication ethics
      3.2 Contributor's publishing agreement
      3.3 Open access and author archiving
    4. Preparing your manuscript
      4.1 Formatting
      4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics
      4.3 Supplemental material
      4.4 Reference style
      4.5 English language editing services
    5. Submitting your manuscript
      5.1 ORCID
      5.2 Information required for completing your submission
      5.3 Permissions
    6. On acceptance and publication
      6.1 Sage Production
      6.2 Online First publication
      6.3 Access to your published article
      6.4 Promoting your article
    7. Further information

    1. What do we publish?

    1.1 Aims & Scope

    Before submitting your manuscript to Politics, Philosophy & Economics, please ensure you have read the Aims & Scope.

    1.2 Article Types

    Politics, Philosophy & Economics publishes peer-reviewed papers of high quality using various methodologies from a wide variety of normative perspectives. Papers can be of any length, though the typical length will be about 10,000 words. Longer papers explaining, in a non-technical manner, theoretical developments in economics and their application to philosophy and politics, are especially welcome. Two-part papers will also be considered.

    Of special interest are essays that are widely accessible. Scholars using more specialized techniques (of social choice theory, for example, or of game theory) are encouraged (and given space) to make their arguments and results more accessible to a broader audience.

    Politics, Philosophy & Economics encourages authors to place formal or technical analyses in appendices, as far as is possible. Papers should be in English and should not have been published already, nor be currently under consideration elsewhere.

    1.3 Writing your paper

    The Sage Author Gateway has some general advice and on how to get published, plus links to further resources. Sage Author Services also offers authors a variety of ways to improve and enhance their article including English language editing, plagiarism detection, and video abstract and infographic preparation.

    1.3.1 Make your article discoverable

    For information and guidance on how to make your article more discoverable, visit our Gateway page on How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online

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    2. Editorial policies

    2.1 Peer review policy

    Sage does not permit the use of author-suggested (recommended) reviewers at any stage of the submission process, be that through the web-based submission system or other communication. Reviewers should be experts in their fields and should be able to provide an objective assessment of the manuscript. Our policy is that reviewers should not be assigned to a paper if:

    •  The reviewer is based at the same institution as any of the co-authors

    •  The reviewer is based at the funding body of the paper

    •  The author has recommended the reviewer

    •  The reviewer has provided a personal (e.g. Gmail/Yahoo/Hotmail) email account and an institutional email account cannot be found after performing a basic Google search (name, department and institution). 

    2.2 Authorship

    All parties who have made a substantive contribution to the article should be listed as authors. Principal authorship, authorship order, and other publication credits should be based on the relative scientific or professional contributions of the individuals involved, regardless of their status. A student is usually listed as principal author on any multiple-authored publication that substantially derives from the student’s dissertation or thesis.

    Please note that AI chatbots, for example ChatGPT, should not be listed as authors. For more information see the policy on Use of ChatGPT and generative AI tools 

    2.3 Acknowledgements

    All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an Acknowledgements section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help, or a department chair who provided only general support.

    Please supply any personal acknowledgements separately to the main text to facilitate anonymous peer review.

    2.3.1 Third party submissions

    Where an individual who is not listed as an author submits a manuscript on behalf of the author(s), a statement must be included in the Acknowledgements section of the manuscript and in the accompanying cover letter. The statements must:

    • Disclose this type of editorial assistance – including the individual’s name, company and level of input
    • Identify any entities that paid for this assistance
    • Confirm that the listed authors have authorized the submission of their manuscript via third party and approved any statements or declarations, e.g. conflicting interests, funding, etc.

    Where appropriate, Sage reserves the right to deny consideration to manuscripts submitted by a third party rather than by the authors themselves.

    2.4 Funding

    Politics, Philosophy & Economics requires all authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a separate heading.  Please visit the Funding Acknowledgements page on the Sage Journal Author Gateway to confirm the format of the acknowledgment text in the event of funding, or state that: This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors. 

    2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests

    Politics, Philosophy & Economics encourages authors to include a declaration of any conflicting interests and recommends you review the good practice guidelines on the Sage Journal Author Gateway

    2.6 Research Data

    The journal is committed to facilitating openness, transparency and reproducibility of research, and has the following research data sharing policy. For more information, including FAQs please visit the Sage Research Data policy pages.

    Subject to appropriate ethical and legal considerations, authors are encouraged to:

    • share your research data in a relevant public data repository
    • include a data availability statement linking to your data. If it is not possible to share your data, we encourage you to consider using the statement to explain why it cannot be shared.
    • cite this data in your research

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    3. Publishing Policies

    3.1 Publication ethics

    Sage is committed to upholding the integrity of the academic record. We encourage authors to refer to the Committee on Publication Ethics’ International Standards for Authors and view the Publication Ethics page on the Sage Author Gateway.

    3.1.1 Plagiarism

    Politics, Philosophy & Economics and Sage take issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism or other breaches of best practice in publication very seriously. We seek to protect the rights of our authors and we always investigate claims of plagiarism or misuse of published articles. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked with duplication-checking software. Where an article, for example, is found to have plagiarised other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where the authorship of the article is contested, we reserve the right to take action including, but not limited to: publishing an erratum or corrigendum (correction); retracting the article; taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author's institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; or taking appropriate legal action.

    3.1.2 Prior publication

    If material has been previously published it is not generally acceptable for publication in a Sage journal. However, there are certain circumstances where previously published material can be considered for publication. Please refer to the guidance on the Sage Author Gateway or if in doubt, contact the Editor at the address given below.

    3.2 Contributor's publishing agreement

    Before publication, Sage requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement. Sage’s Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement is an exclusive licence agreement which means that the author retains copyright in the work but grants Sage the sole and exclusive right and licence to publish for the full legal term of copyright. Exceptions may exist where an assignment of copyright is required or preferred by a proprietor other than Sage. In this case copyright in the work will be assigned from the author to the society. For more information please visit the Sage Author Gateway.

    3.3 Open access and author archiving

    Politics, Philosophy & Economics offers optional open access publishing via the Sage Choice programme and Open Access agreements, where authors can publish open access either discounted or free of charge depending on the agreement with Sage. Find out if your institution is participating by visiting Open Access Agreements at Sage. For more information on Open Access publishing options at Sage please visit Sage Open Access. For information on funding body compliance, and depositing your article in repositories, please visit Sage’s Author Archiving and Re-Use Guidelines and Publishing Policies.

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    4. Preparing your manuscript for submission

    4.1 Formatting

    The preferred format for your manuscript is Word. LaTeX files are also accepted. Word and (La)Tex templates are available on the Manuscript Submission Guidelines page of our Author Gateway.

    4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics

    For guidance on the preparation of illustrations, pictures and graphs in electronic format, please visit Sage’s Manuscript Submission Guidelines.  

    Figures supplied in colour will appear in colour online regardless of whether or not these illustrations are reproduced in colour in the printed version. For specifically requested colour reproduction in print, you will receive information regarding the costs from Sage after receipt of your accepted article.

    4.3 Supplemental material

    Politics, Philosophy & Economics does not currently accept supplemental files.

    4.4 Reference style

    Politics, Philosophy & Economics adheres to the Sage Harvard reference style. View the Sage Harvard guidelines to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.

    If you use EndNote to manage references, you can download the Sage Harvard EndNote output file.

    4.5 English language editing services

    Authors seeking assistance with English language editing, translation, or figure and manuscript formatting to fit the journal’s specifications should consider using Sage Language Services. Visit Sage Language Services on our Journal Author Gateway for further information.

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    5. Submitting your manuscript

    Politics, Philosophy & Economics is hosted on Sage Track, a web based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne™ Manuscripts. Visit to login and submit your article online.

    IMPORTANT: Please check whether you already have an account in the system before trying to create a new one. If you have reviewed or authored for the journal in the past year it is likely that you will have had an account created.  For further guidance on submitting your manuscript online please visit ScholarOne Online Help.

    5.1 ORCID

    As part of our commitment to ensuring an ethical, transparent and fair peer review process Sage is a supporting member of ORCID, the Open Researcher and Contributor ID. ORCID provides a unique and persistent digital identifier that distinguishes researchers from every other researcher, even those who share the same name, and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between researchers and their professional activities, ensuring that their work is recognized. 

    The collection of ORCID IDs from corresponding authors is now part of the submission process of this journal. If you already have an ORCID ID you will be asked to associate that to your submission during the online submission process. We also strongly encourage all co-authors to link their ORCID ID to their accounts in our online peer review platforms. It takes seconds to do: click the link when prompted, sign into your ORCID account and our systems are automatically updated. Your ORCID ID will become part of your accepted publication’s metadata, making your work attributable to you and only you. Your ORCID ID is published with your article so that fellow researchers reading your work can link to your ORCID profile and from there link to your other publications.

    If you do not already have an ORCID ID please follow this link to create one or visit our ORCID homepage to learn more.

    5.2 Information required for completing your submission

    You will be asked to provide contact details and academic affiliations for all co-authors via the submission system and identify who is to be the corresponding author. These details must match what appears on your manuscript. The affiliation listed in the manuscript should be the institution where the research was conducted. If an author has moved to a new institution since completing the research, the new affiliation can be included in a manuscript note at the end of the paper. At this stage please ensure you have included all the required statements and declarations and uploaded any additional supplementary files (including reporting guidelines where relevant).

    5.3 Permissions

    Please also ensure that you have obtained any necessary permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere. For further information including guidance on fair dealing for criticism and review, please see the Copyright and Permissions page on the Sage Author Gateway.

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    6. On acceptance and publication

    6.1 Sage Production

    Your Sage Production Editor will keep you informed as to your article’s progress throughout the production process. Proofs will be made available to the corresponding author via our editing portal Sage Edit or by email, and corrections should be made directly or notified to us promptly. Authors are reminded to check their proofs carefully to confirm that all author information, including names, affiliations, sequence and contact details are correct, and that Funding and Conflict of Interest statements, if any, are accurate.

    6.2 Online First publication

    Online First allows final articles (completed and approved articles awaiting assignment to a future issue) to be published online prior to their inclusion in a journal issue, which significantly reduces the lead time between submission and publication. Visit the Sage Journals help page for more details, including how to cite Online First articles.

    6.3 Access to your published article

    Sage provides authors with online access to their final article.

    6.4 Promoting your article

    Publication is not the end of the process! You can help disseminate your paper and ensure it is as widely read and cited as possible. The Sage Author Gateway has numerous resources to help you promote your work. Visit the Promote Your Article page on the Gateway for tips and advice.

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    7. Further information

    Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the manuscript submission process should be sent to the Politics, Philosophy & Economics editorial office as follows:

    Individual Subscription, Print Only

    Institutional Subscription, E-access

    Institutional Subscription, Print Only

    Institutional Subscription, Combined (Print & E-access)

    Individual, Single Print Issue

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