November 28, 2006: APSA Marks Flagship Journal Centennial November 28, 2006: APSA Marks Flagship Journal Centennial APSA Press Release

For Immediate Release
 Bahram Rajaee

Washington, DC—The November 2006 issue of the American Political Science Review, a journal of the American Political Science Association (APSA), marks the completion of APSR’s 100th year of publication. As the flagship journal of the Association, APSR is also the leading research publication in political science and occupies a special niche in the discipline as well as the broader social sciences. This month a special centennial issue celebrates APSR’s role in the evolution of the study of politics.

APSR Editor Lee Sigelman (George Washington University) notes in his introduction that the centennial issue is devoted to exploring the theme of “the evolution of political science”—a challenging task achieved after two years of effort assembling 24 feature articles that comprehensively reflect the history of the journal and the discipline. For Sigelman, the puzzle of developing a “theory of the political” has long “filled him with wonder” and shaped his view of political science. The November issue’s wide range of articles illustrates how this enduring question has also affected the evolution of the discipline. The full issue will be available online at

The evolution of political science is intertwined with the broader intellectual and social currents that have shaped American society in the past century. This and other important aspects of the growth of the field are addressed by the articles comprising the centennial issue, including:

  • The role of key individuals such as Woodrow Wilson (the 28th president of the United States and 7th APSA president) and other eminent scholars such as Harold Lasswell and Charles Merriam
  • The relevance of APSR research for U.S. foreign policy
  • The professionalization of the academic workforce and the emergence of academic disciplines
  • A mixed history of the participation and advancement of women and minorities
  • Trends in the study of gender politics, minority politics, and the study of race and religion
  • The behavioral revolution of the 1950s–1970s and its impact, including the Straussian philosophical counterpoint
  • The limits of American political science from a European perspective
  • How external research funding has affected the evolution of the discipline
  • The profession’s posture toward undergraduate teaching

“The essays in this landmark issue of the APSR sit at the intersection of the contributions of political science scholarship, and the methods of producing it,” states Michael Brintnall, executive director of APSA. “They show us how ideas have been shaped by institutional and collaborative processes, of which the Review is a very important one—with all the virtues, complexities, and occasional warts that result from that. And even where these essays launch challenges to the central positions of the field, they also illustrate the vitality of the field, of its central journal, in exposing and debating those challenges. From this perspective the APSR is surely, in the best possible sense, not acting its age of a staid 100 years. Foremost we see here that political science is done by men and women of extraordinary conviction and energy, with an abiding passion to understand, and yes to shape, the quality of public life.”

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