The forthcoming article “The Problem of Political Science: Political Relevance and Scientific Rigor in Aristotle’s “Philosophy of Human Affairs“” by Dustin Sebell is summarized by the author here: Discussions of Aristotle’s moral-political science have largely disregarded the statements on method that he delivers as he embarks on his “philosophy of human affairs” in book I […]

The following blog post by Dino P. Christenson and David M. Glick summarizes the authors’ recently published AJPS article, titled “Chief Justice Roberts’ Healthcare Decision Disrobed: The Microfoundations of the Supreme Court’s Legitimacy.” After the Supreme Court makes a salient decision, as it recently did in the “Hobby Lobby” contraceptives case, analysts often ask whether the decision undermines […]

The forthcoming article “A Closer Look at Reporting Bias in Conflict Event Data” by Nils B. Weidmann is summarized by the author here: According to the Feb 28, 2015, edition of The Economist, smartphones have become the fastest-selling technical device ever. What effect does the increasing availability of information technology have on political mobilization or violent […]

The American Journal of Political Science is taking its summer hiatus from Saturday, July 18, 2015, until Tuesday, August 18, 2015. During this month-long period, no new or revised manuscripts will be accepted, although all other Journal operations will continue unabated. Thus, we will continue to process incoming reviews, and I will issue editorial decisions […]

The American Journal of Political Science, like most other major journals in political science, takes a one-month break during the summer. This year, the AJPS summer hiatus runs from Saturday, July 18, 2015 through Tuesday, August 18, 2015. During this period no new or revised manuscripts can be submitted, although all other Journal operations continue […]

The Timeline of Elections: A Comparative Perspective is now available on Early View, and the authors summarize the article here: How do voters’ preferences come into focus in between elections?  Do they evolve in a patterned way?  Does the structure and evolution of preferences vary across countries?  In the paper we consider differences in political […]

A brief summary of the forthcoming article “Tracing the Flow of Policy Ideas in Legislatures: A Text Reuse Approach” by John Wilkerson, David Smith, and Nicholas Stramp: HR 3590 of the 111th Congress (2009-10) proposed mortgage subsidies for service personnel and was just 7 pages long as introduced. As enacted, HR 3590 was titled the […]

The forth coming article “Great Expectations: A Field Experiment to Improve Accountability in Mali” by Jessica Gottlieb is summarized by the author here: Since free and fair elections became the norm in a large portion of the developing world with often disappointing results, policymakers and researchers alike have been trying to understand why these formal […]

By Prakash Adhikari In its mid-year report for 2014, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) had estimated that 51.2 million people had been “forcibly displaced worldwide as a result of persecution, conflict, generalized violence, or human rights violations.” The UN Refugee Agency further noted that if these individuals were to comprise one nation, […]

The forthcoming article “Legislative Capacity and Executive Unilateralism” by Alexander Bolton and Sharece Thrower is summarized here: President Obama has received intense scrutiny for his use of executive power, facing frequent accusations that he is using unilateral orders to bypass opposition in Congress during divided government. Many believe presidents can ignore constitutional processes and impose […]


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