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Any invitations to revise and resubmit manuscripts extended to authors before July 1, 2014 will automatically be rescinded as of December 13, 2014 and subject to de novo review upon resubmission unless the authors request and receive an extension of the R&R from the new editors.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 JOP is closed to all new and revised submissions until Monday, January 5. Reviewers may still submit reviews (and we encourage you to do so!).  Details regarding editorial operations beginning in January 2015 can be found at http://www.press.uchicago.edu/ucp/journals/journal/jop.html



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 77.1 January 2015


Narratives of Defeat: Explaining the Effects of Loss in Social Movements
Karen Beckwith

Good Democrats, Bad Targets: Democratic Values and Clientelistic Vote Buying

Ryan E. Carlin

Mason Moseley

Counter-Suicide Terrorism: Evidence from House Demolitions

Efraim Benmelech

Claude Berrebi

Esteban Klor

Reexamining the “Racial Gap” in Political Knowledge

Marisa Abrajano

Does Corruption Information Inspire the Fight or Quash the Hope? A Field Experiment in Mexico on Voter Turnout, Choice, and Party Identification

Alberto Chong

Ana Lorena De La O

Dean Karlan

Leonard Wantchekon

When Leaders Matter: Rebel Experience and Nuclear Proliferation

Matthew Fuhrmann

Michael C. Horowitz

Do Voter Registration Drives Increase Participation? For Whom and When?

David Nickerson

Allocating Responsibility in Multilevel Government Systems: Voter and Expert Attributions in the European Union

Traci L. Wilson

Sara B. Hobolt

Public Sector Unions and the Costs of Government

Sarah F. Anzia

Terry M. Moe

Political Centralization and Economic Performance: Evidence from Russia

Quintin H. Beazer

The Two Facets of Social Policy Preferences

Charlotte Cavaille

Kris-Stella Trump

International Law and the Consolidation of Peace Following Territorial Changes

Alyssa Prorok

Paul Huth

Who Wants and Independent Court? Political Competition and Supreme Court Autonomy in the Argentine Provinces, 1984-2008

Marcelo Leiras

Guadalupe Tuñon

Agustina Giraudy

Dual Allegiances? Immigrants’ Attitudes Towards Immigration

Aida Just

Christopher J. Anderson

Partners in Advocacy: Lobbyists and Government Officials in Washington

Christine Mahoney

Frank Baumgartner

Foreign Aid Allocation Tactics and Democratic Change in Africa

Simone Dietrich

Joseph Wright

Legislatures, Cooptation, and Social Protest in Contemporary Authoritarian Regimes

Ora John Reuter

Graeme Robertson

Bases, Bullets and Ballots: The Effect of U.S. Military Aid on Political Conflict in Colombia

Oeindrila Dube

Suresh Naidu

International Finance and Central Bank Independence: Institutional Diffusion and the Flow and Cost of Capital

Cristina Bodea

Raymond Hicks

The "Mill Worker's Son" Heuristic  How Voters Perceive Politicians from Working-class Families and How They Really Behave in Office

Nicholas Carnes

Meredith Sadin

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

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