The Journal of Politics, a leading general interest journal in political science, publishes theoretically innovative and methodologically diverse research in all subfields of the discipline including, but not limited to, American politics, comparative politics, formal theory, international relations, methodology, political theory, public administration and public policy. Our conceptions of theory and method are both broad and encompassing, and we welcome contributions from scholars around the world.

We are delighted to announce that the Southern Political Science Association has selected a new Editorial Team for the Journal of Politics whose term formally begins January 1, 2015:  Jeff Jenkins (Editor-in Chief, American Institutions), Lisa Ellis (Political Theory), Sean Gailmard (Formal Theory/Methods), Lanny Martin (Comparative Politics), Jennifer Merolla (American Behavior), and William Reed (International Relations). 

 The current editorial team (Jan and Bill) will cease accepting manuscripts (new or revised) effective Saturday, December 13, 2014 to facilitate the editorial transition.  All manuscripts submitted after that date will be processed by the new editorial team, who will be responsible for all decisions on manuscripts, new or revised, after December 12th.

Any invitations to revise and resubmit manuscripts extended to authors before July 1, 2014 will automatically be rescinded as of December 13, 2014 and subject to de novo review upon resubmission unless the authors request and receive an extension of the R&R from the new editors.



The Journal of Politics is edited by Jan Leighley and Bill Mishler, who rely on a distinguished editorial board as well as expert reviewers.  The editorial offices are located in the School of Government and Public Policy at the University of Arizona and the Department of Government at American University. Professor Valerie Hoekstra, Arizona State University, serves as Book Review Editor.  Founded in 1938, The Journal of Politics is published by the University of Chicago Press for the Southern Political Science Association. 

JOP 76.4 October 2014


A Step in the Wrong Direction: An Appraisal of the Zero-Intelligence Model of Government Formation

Lanny Martin

Georg Vanberg


Response to Martin and Vanberg:  Evaluating a Stochastic Model of Government Formation  

Matt Golder

Sona Golder

David A. Siegel


Economic Discontent as a Mobilizer: Unemployment and Voter Turnout   

Barry C. Burden

Amber Wichowsky


Elections and the Timing of Terrorist Attacks

Deniz Aksoy


Kant’s Sexual Contract  

Ryan Hanley

The National News Media’s Effect on Congress: How Fox News Affected Elites in Congress

Joshua Clinton

Ted Enamorado


Who Asks for Voter Identification? Explaining Poll Worker Discretion

Lonna Rae Atkeson

Yann P. Kerevel

R. Michael Alvarez

Thad E. Hall

“Without Regard to Race”: Critical Ideational Development in Modern American Politics

Desmond King

Rogers M. Smith

Insecure Democracy: Risk and Political Participation in Brazil

Sarah M. Brooks


Exploiting the Cracks: Wedge Issues in Multiparty Competition

Marc van de Wardt

Catherine E. de Vries

Sarah B. Hobolt


Expectation Setting and Retrospective Voting

Neil Malhotra

Yotam Margalit


How the Gender of U.S. Senators Influence People’s Understanding and Engagement in Politics

Kim Fridkin

Patrick Kenney

How Does Law Rule? Plato on Habit, Political Education, and Legislation 

Brent Edwin Cusher


(Where) Do Campaigns Matter? The Impact of National Party Convention Location

Matthew Atkinson

Christopher Mann

Santiago Olivella

Arthur Simon

Joseph E. Uscinski


Conference Committee Proposal Rights and Policy Outcomes in the States

Joshua Ryan


The Interplay of Ideological Diversity, Dissents, and Discretionary Review in the Judicial Hierarchy: Evidence from Death Penalty Cases

Deborah Beim

Jonathan Kastellec


The European Common Space: Extending the Use of Anchoring Vignettes

Ryan Bakker

Seth K. Jolly

Jonathon Polk

Keith T. Poole


Retrospective Economic Voting and the Intertemporal Dynamics of Electoral Accountability in the American States

George A. Krause

Benjamin A. Melusky

Negative Agenda Control and the Conservative Coalition in the U.S. House

Jeffrey A. Jenkins

Nathan W. Monroe

JOP 76.3, July 2014


Religion in the Arab Spring: Between Two Competing Narratives
Michael Hoffman
Amaney Jamal

Self-Fulfilling Misperceptions of Public Polarization

Douglas Ahler

Mobilization, Repression, and Revolution: Grievances and Opportunities in Contentious Politics

Mehdi Shadmehr

The Liberal Cosmopolitanism of Thomas Paine

Robert Lamb

Intergroup Violence and Political Attitudes: Evidence from a Dividing Sudan

Bernd Beber

Philip Roessler

Alexandra Scacco

From Bombs to Ballots: When Militant Organizations Transition to Political Parties

Benjamin Acosta

Crowding out Culture: Scandinavians and Americans Agree on Social Welfare in the Face of Deservingness Cues

Lena Aarøe

Michael Bang Peterson

Linking Issue Stances and Trait Inferences: A Theory of Moral Exemplification

Scott Clifford

The Financial Incumbency Advantage: Causes and Consequences

Alexander Fouirnaies

Andrew Hall

Political Parties, Supply-Side Strategies and Firms: The Political Micro-Economy of Partisan Politics

Isa Camyar

Reassessing Proximity Voting: Expertise, Party, and Choice in Congressional Elections

Danielle A. Joesten

Walter Stone

Partisanship and Reciprocity in Cross-Chamber Legislative Interactions

Justin Howard Kirkland

R. Lucas Williams

Orientations toward Conflict and the Conditional Effects of Political Disagreement

Paul Franz Testa

Matthew V. Hibbing

Melinda Ritchie

Ideological Moderates Won’t Run: How Party Fit Matters for Partisan Polarization in Congress

Danielle Thomsen

Institutional Opposition, Regime Accountability, and International Conflict

Daina Chiba

Songying Fang

Curse or Cure? Migrant Remittances and Corruption

Michael Tyburski

Moral Support: How Moral Values Shape Foreign Policy Attitudes

Joshua D. Kertzer

Kathleen E. Powers

Brian C. Rathbun

Ravi Iyer

Who Benefits From Economic Reform? Firms and Distributive Politics

David Szakonyi

Johannes Urpelainen

Office or Officeholder? Regime Deinstitutionalisation and Sources of Individual Political Influence

Alexander Baturo

Johan Elkink

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