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PS: Political Science & Politics

APSA's Journal of Record for the Profession


PSPS: Political Science & Politics provides critical analyses of contemporary political phenomena and is the journal of record for the discipline of political science reporting on research, teaching, and professional development. PS, begun in 1968, is the only quarterly professional news and commentary journal in the field and is the prime source of information on political scientists' achievements and professional concerns.

Current Issue: Virtual Issue 1

About the Virtual Issue: This first virtual issue of PS: Political Science & Politics brings together some of the journal’s most highly cited articles about the profession from more than a dozen past issues. This practical material spans numerous topics that especially apply to young scholars. From “ideas and debates” of political science as a vocation, to the “nuts and bolts” of preparing a literature review and publishing as a graduate student, this virtual issue has something both for scholars just beginning their studies and for academics early in their careers.

About the January Issue: The first issue of the year begins with Paul C. Light’s John Gaus lecture “Vision + Action = Faithful Execution,” which explores the “cascade” of government breakdowns in recent decades and explains how to curtail this trend. Next are two timely features—an article about science in decision-making and the symposium “The Art of Elections” with guest editor Nancy Love. A second symposium with guest editor Michelle D. Deardorff explores the many layers of assessment in political science, followed by four articles in The Teacher section. Finally, the issue includes news about the association and the profession.

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