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British Journal of Politics & IR

Edinburgh Politics & IR is editorial home to the British Journal of Politics and International Relations.  The BJPIR is a refereed journal published by SAGE under the auspices of the Political Studies Association of the United Kingdom. Click here to browse our latest articles.

The BJPIR's 2018 Thompson Reuters impact factor  is 1.543, a healthy 'bump' from our previous mark of 1.423.  That makes us the highest ranking Politics/IR journal (by many measures) to be published in the UK. Globally, the BJPIR ranks 31st of 85 top journals in International Relations and 64/169 in Political Science.

The BJPIR is the world’s premier journal for research into British politics. But we are a truly international journal that publishes innovative, cutting edge scholarship on international relations, comparative politics, public policy, and political theory.

Edinburgh’s editorial team is overseen by Editor-in-Chief, Prof. John Peterson, Deputy Editor, Dr Alan Convery, and Managing Editor Mary Dodd.


Our Open Call for Special Issue proposals to appear in 2020/21 is now OPEN (with deadline of 1st March 2019).  Details of our annual Open Call are available here; we will issue another Call in autumn 2020.  We're always available to help refine your proposal.   

Breakthrough Political Science/IR

The BJPIR will feature articles in 2019-21 by scholars who have produced seminal work or are the brightest, emerging talents.  ‘Breakthrough Political Science/IR’ articles will set research agendas & reflect on works that have made a real difference.  Contributors will survey the state of the discipline in their area of expertise and identify the most important controversies and debates, especially ones inspired by their own work.  Breakthrough articles will be relatively short (6,000 words) and ideal for use in teaching.  They will be accompanied by short (4,000 word) commentaries by scholars who have contributed to debates sparked by Breakthrough contributors. 

We are delighted to publish our first Breakthrough IR article by John Ikenberry on his classic book After Victory, alongside commentaries by leading IR scholars to appear in February 2019 issue (vol.21/issue 1). The symposium is available online on Early View here.  John and his commentators are pictured below following a roundtable at the San Francisco International Studies Association conference on 5th April 2018.


We will also  soon be publishing a Breakthrough Symposium on the work of Henry Shue, with his own Breakthrough Article to be entitled 'Climate Surprises:  Pivotal Generations and Risk Transfer'.  Prof. Shue gave a lecture based on the article as an Ethics Forum co-presented by the Just World Institute and Transatlantic Seminar on 13th October 2017.  You can view the lecture here.  The BJPIR has further Breakthough Articles in the works by B. Guy Peters, and Liesbet Hooghe and Gary Marks.

New BJPIR North American Editor - Jack Snyder

We are delighted to welcome our new North American editor - Jack Snyder (Columbia University) - who is replacing B. Guy Peters, after the latter's long years (more than 20!) of service to the BJPIR.  If you are based in North America & have an idea for a submission, Special Issue, or 'Breakthrough' symposium, please don't hesitate to contact Jack.


2017 Article of the Year

Congratulations to Helen Thompson  of the University of Cambridge for winning our prize for the best article published in the BJPIR  in 2017.  To read her article - 'Inevitability and Contingency:  the Political Economy of Brexit' - click here. To watch a video with Helen discussing the piece, click here.

Article of the Year 2017

Click here to read the best article published in the BJPIR in 2016Douglas Kriner & Graham Wilson, 'The Elasticity of Reality and British Support for the War in Afghanistan'.  We applaud the authors' decision to donate their cash prize to the charity Hope for Heroes, which supports British servicemen and women. You can view a short video that summarises their article here. Doug and Graham gave a lecture in Edinburgh in 2016 based on their article, available here

The best article prize for 2015 went to Stephen Bell and Andrew Hindmoor’s ‘Masters of the Universe but Slaves to the Market: Bankers and the Great Financial Meltdown’.  Click here to view a short Youtube video which summarises the argument and features presentation of the best BJPIR article prize of 2015 to Andy Hindmoor'. Click to view a short video featuring Nicola J. Smith and Donna Lee discussing their article (short-listed for Best Article prize) entitled: 'What's Queer About Political Science'?

Jane Mansbridge (Harvard) contributed a BJPIR public lecture (held on 9th June 2016 'Why We Need More and More State Coercion') which you can view here.  


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