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American Political Science Review

The Leading Journal of Political Science Research

NOTE: The American Political Science Review will take a three-week hiatus at the end of the summer, from Monday, August 21 till Monday, September 11. During this time no new manuscripts nor revised submissions will be able to be submitted. However, all other editorial operations will continue. [Conditionally Accepted manuscripts will continue to be accepted through the route outlined to authors.] 

The American Political Science Review is political science's premier scholarly research journal, providing peer-reviewed articles and review essays from subfields throughout the discipline. Areas covered include political theory, American politics, public policy, public administration, comparative politics, and international relations. APSR has published continuously since 1906.

Meet the Editors!

Thomas Koenig, University of Mannheim, Lead Editor

Ken Benoit, London School of Economics and Political Science
Thomas Brauninger, University of Mannheim
Sabine Carey, University of Mannheim
Leigh Jenco, London School of Economics and Political Science
Benjamin Lauderdale, London School of Economics and Political Science
Ingo Rohlfing, University of Cologne

Editorial Board and Editorial Staff

Recent Editor's Report

Current Issue: Volume 111, Issue 2, May 2017

Note from the Editors: We lead off with an article on “taking sides,” which introduces a novel perspective on third party intervention in conflict. We follow with an article that evaluates the implications of cyclical violence on elections. Two articles illuminate the hotly debated issue on immigration from different perspectives; one, a social integrationist perspective on naturalization, and the other, a biological behavioral view of disgust. This is complemented by an article on the necessity of trust and distrust in the democratic process from Bentham's perspective and an article on political ambition of Xenophon's Cyrus; both of which make us re-evaluate our understanding of distrust and ambition in our governments and leaders today. Post-Soviet Russia is another focus of two articles in this issue; one evaluates cascading party defection from the Russia United Party and the other assesses firms’ use of legal strategies over violence and corruption. Furthermore, this issue includes an article on how closeness to core individuals in networks can positively affect party support while another shows how periphery mobilization rather than core activists drove the Arab Spring. The penultimate article looks into the effectiveness of governmental nudging. Our final article explores the founding of the U.S. Constitution and why we should view it as a corporate charter as opposed to a social contract. We want to thank the authors, the reviewers, and all the other actors who contributed to these excellent articles from initial submission to print.

Note: In the May issue, the APSR editors also introduced their first innovation for the journal: the letter format. The editors wrote, “Letters provide an opportunity to report about original research that moves the subfields of political science forward as they develop alongside their counterparts in related disciplines.” The editors anticipate these will be short pieces of no more than 4,000 words.


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