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Perspectives on Politics

A Political Science Public Sphere

Perspectives on Politics seeks to provide a space for broad and synthetic discussion within the political science profession and between the profession and the broader scholarly and reading publics. Such discussion necessarily draws on and contributes to the scholarship published in the more specialized journals that dominate our discipline. At the same time, Perspectives seeks to promote a complementary form of broad public discussion and synergistic understanding within the profession that is essential to advancing research and promoting scholarly community.

Perspectives seeks to nurture a political science public sphere, publicizing important scholarly topics, ideas, and innovations, linking scholarly authors and readers, and promoting broad reflexive discussion among political scientists about the work that we do and why this work matters.

Current Issue: Volume 12, Issue 4

From the Editor: As we prepared this issue of Perspectives for publication, a series of interconnected violent political episodes captured international attention, from the military conflict in Eastern Ukraine and the bloody breakdown of political authority in Iraq and Libya, to the ongoing civil war in Syria and the fighting between Israel and Hamas that culminated in the protracted bombardment of Gaza. Each of these conflicts is a fight over power, wealth, and identity that is also a fight about space—about who controls space, who will occupy which spaces or be expelled from them, where the boundaries of political communities will be drawn, and how the spaces within them—which contain human beings and homes and neighborhoods and communities and organizations and land and infrastructure and “natural resources”—will be governed. Politically organized spaces can be sites of violence or civility, vulnerability or security, domination and degradation, or decency and freedom. Typically they are sites of civility and violence, security and vulnerability, freedom and domination. Space is a condition of politics. At the same time, space is conditioned, and indeed constituted, by politics. While we were compiling this issue, it became clear that almost all of the articles and essays contained herein in one way or another deal with the spatial dimension of politics. 

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