Policy & Politics

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The Policy & Politics journal, which has been publishing for 44 years, focuses on key works in the areas of public and social policy, and politics. It has an impact factor of 0.952 (2 yr) and is ranked 18th out of 46 journals in Public Administration.

How to get published in Policy & Politics

Policy & Politics receives a high volume of submissions. In order to increase your chances of getting published, please read our editorial statement below before you submit your article, to make sure it explicitly reflects the main hallmarks described.

Editorial statement

Policy & Politics is a world-leading journal that is committed to advancing our understanding of the dynamics of policy-making and implementation.  By exploring the interplay between political actors, governing institutions and policy issues, the journal contributes to theories of the policy process; and by reflecting on the evolving context in which these interactions occur, it provides critical insights that are timely and fresh.

Policy & Politics has an international reputation in the fields of political science, public administration and social policy.  It is committed to publishing articles that are original and innovative; that engage with the world’s most pressing policy issues; and that have relevance both within and beyond academe.  The journal welcomes manuscripts that are empirical, conceptual or theoretical, as long as the broader international relevance of the argument is explicit.

It is critical that all articles demonstrate a clear contribution to knowledge. One of the hallmarks of the journal is the manner in which its articles generally shift from the micro to the macro (or vice versa) by addressing the link between ‘policy’ and ‘politics’. For example, while single-case studies might form the basis of an article, the broader significance and relevance of that study must be made explicit. Where articles deal with broad macro-political or economic issues they may also drill-down to some discussion of the micro-level implications of that analysis. Successful articles will generally demonstrate both analytical breadth and depth in the coverage of their subject matter. Articles must be written in a clear and accessible style suitable for a multi-disciplinary and global audience.

Policy & Politics welcomes manuscripts that contribute to its reputation as a platform for state-of-the-art research. The editors are especially interested in articles that:

1. Challenge dominant disciplinary assumptions.


2. Open up new research frontiers, and by doing so, set the agenda for subsequent debates.


3. Innovate in the use of methods, theories and concepts in order to deliver new insights.


4. Make connections across and between disciplines and sub-fields.


5. Offer relevant and timely analyses of emerging debates within political science, public management and administration, and social policy and from a comparative perspective.

Editorial team

Our Co-editors are Sarah Ayres, Felicity Matthews and Steve Martin. Our Consultant Editor is Diane Stone.

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