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Politics and International Relations (PIR): Research


British Journal of Politics & IR

Edinburgh Politics & IR is now editorial home to the top politics and international journal, 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 for latest articles and all previous issues.

The BJPIR's 2016 Thompson Reuters impact factor was 1.423, making it the highest ranking Politics/IR journal (by most measures) to be published in the UK. Globally, it ranks 21/86 in International Relations and 41/163 in Political Science. The BJPIR is (by many measures) the world’s premier journal for research into British politics. But we are a truly international journal that publishes innovative, cutting edge contemporary scholarship on international relations, comparative politics, public policy, and political theory.

Click here to read the article selected as the best published in the BJPIR in 2016: Douglas 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 awarded for best article to the charity Hope for Heroes, which supports British servicemen and women, particulary those who have sustained wounds while serving.  We hope that Doug and/or Graham will come to Edinburgh in autumn 2017 to give a lecture based on their article.  Watch this space!

Thanks to all who submitted in response to our open call for Special Issue proposals. On March 21st, our Editorial Board chose a proposal submitted by Patrick A. Mello (Munich) and Dirk Peters (Frankfurt) on Parliaments and Security Policy: Involvement, Politicization and Influence.  It brings together a terrific set of papers by talented authors that will appear in 2018. 

We will issue another open call for Special Issue proposals towards the end of 2017 with a deadline of March 1st  2018.  We expect that any proposal that is chosen would appear in 2019.

Edinburgh’s editorial team is overseen by the journal’s Editor-in-Chief, Prof. John PetersonDr. Alan Convery serves as the BJPIR’s Deputy Editor.    

Breakthrough Political Science/IR to Come

The BJPIR will soon feature articles by scholars who have produced seminal work or are the brightest, emerging talents and in the process of establishing new such fields.  ‘Breakthrough Political Science/IR’ articles will set research agendas & reflect on works that 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.  

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

If you were at APSA San Francisco (31 Aug-3 Sept 2017), thanks for coming to our panel (see below) featuring contributions to a Special Issue on Brexit (the UK's vote to leave the EU).  The Special Issue is now live and available to all here.  


If you are attending the International Studies Association conference in San Francisco (April 4-7 2018), be sure to attend a roundtable on G. John Ikenberry's (Princeton) After Victory (to be published as a 'Breakthrough IR' article in 2018).   Prof Ikenberry will also deliver a Montague Burton lecture and Transatlantic Seminar at the University of Edinburgh on 21st September 2017 (registration via Eventbrite; details on Trans Seminar website, Playfair Library, 530pm), which will also be a featured event at the annual conference of the US Foreign Policy Working Group of the British International Studies Association (for info on the conference, click here).

We will also be presenting a 'Breakthrough Political Science' lecture based on a forthcoming article by Henry Shue (Oxford) entitled 'Climate Surprises:  Pivotal Generations and Risk Transfer' on 13th October 2017.  Prof. Shue's lecture will also be an Ethics Forum co-presented by the Just World Institute and Transatlantic Seminar.

The journal is pleased to reveal that the prize for the best article to appear in the BJPIR  was Douglas Kriner and Graham Wilson's 'The Elasticity of Reality and British Support for the War in Afghanistan', which you can find here.  Doug and Graham will present a public lecture presenting their findings and receive their prize on 28th September 2017.  Details 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'?


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