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.

The SPSA Now Invites Nominations and Applications for Editor of the Journal of Politics

Larry Dodd, President of the Southern Political Science Association, has appointed a Search Committee to select a new Editor for The Journal of Politics. The incoming Editor will succeed Jan Leighley and Bill Mishler, whose editorial term will end on December 31, 2014. The new Editor will serve an initial four year term, from January 1, 2015 through December 31, 2018.

Click here for more information on the Call for Nominations.

What's New at the JOP?

  • In keeping with developments in the field, we have added "Network Analysis" under "Methodologies" as a new Personal Classification in our Editorial Manager database. You can add this to your list of classifications through your EM profile.
  • Authors of papers about to be submitted for review: see our new policy on Conflicts of Interest.



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 Cambridge University Press for the Southern Political Science Association. 

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

JOP 76.2 April 2014


Conditional Status Quo Bias and Top Income Shares: How U.S. Political Institutions Have Benefited the Rich

Peter Enns

Nathan Kelly

Jana Morgan

Thomas Volscho

Christopher Witco


The Primacy of the Local: Identifying Terrorist Hot Spots Using Geographic Information Systems    

Stephen Nemeth

Jacob Mauslein

Craig Stapley


Perverse Complementarity: Political Connections & the Use of Courts Among Private Firms in China        

Yuen Yuen Ang

Nan Jia


“Do Something” Politics and Double-Peaked Policy Preferences

Patrick Egan


UN Bias and Force Commitments in Civil Conflicts    

Michelle A. Benson

Jacob Kathman


Taxes, Incentives, and Economic Growth: Assessing the Impact of Pro-business Taxes on U.S. State Economies

Kenneth J. Meier

Soledad Artiz


Reconsidering Moral Issues in Politics

Timothy Ryan

Reconciling Family Roles with Political Ambition: The New Normal for Women in 21st Century U.S. Politics

Richard L. Fox

Jennifer L. Lawless

The Spoils of Victory: Campaign Donations and Government Contracts in Brazil

Taylor Boas

F. Daniel Hidalgo

Neal Richardson


How Preferences Change Institutions: The 1978 Energy Act

Gyung-Ho Jeong

William R. Lowry

Gary Miller

Itai Sened


Humanitarian Assistance and the Duration of Peace After Civil War

Neil Narang


The Adoption of Proportional Representation: One Phenomenon, a Plethora of Explanations

Lucas Leemann

Isabella Mares

The Political Origins of Transparency

Daniel Berliner


Understanding the Party Brand: Experimental Evidence on the Role of Violence

Daniel M. Butler

Eleanor Neff Powell


Determinants of Perceived Skin-Color Discrimination in Latin America

Damarys Canache

Matthew Hayes

Jeffery Mondak

Mitchell A. Seligson


Investigating the President: Committee Probes and Presidential Approval, 1953-2006

Douglas Lee Kriner

Eric Schickler


When Extremism Pays: Policy Positions, Voter Certainty, and Party Support in Postcommunist Europe

Lawrence Ezrow

Jonathan Homola

Margit Tavits


Popular Protest and Elite Coordination in a Coup d’état 

Brett Allen Casper

Scott Tyson

Visibility, Values and Voters: The Informational Role of the Welfare State

Jane Gingrich

Priming Under Fire: Reverse Causality and the Classic Media Priming Hypothesis

Austin Hart

Joel Middleton

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