Studies in Comparative International Development is an interdisciplinary journal that addresses political, social, economic, and environmental change in local, national, and international contexts. The journal has a tradition of presenting critical and innovative analytical perspectives that challenge prevailing orthodoxies. It publishes original research articles on all regions of the world and is open to all theoretical and methodological approaches. Major areas of investigation include political and state institutions, the effects of a changing international economy, political-economic models of growth and distribution, and the transformation of social structure and culture.

  • Addresses political, social, economic, and environmental change in local, national, and international contexts
  • Challenges prevailing orthodoxies with its tradition of presenting critical and innovative analytical perspectives
  • Publishes original research articles on all regions of the world
  • Provides a forum for all theoretical and methodological approaches

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  • Tamara Kay
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  • Call for Papers for Special Issue: Critical Perspectives on Post-ICPD Reproductive Health in the Global South

    Call for Papers (Deadline: October 1, 2022)

    The 1994 Cairo International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) defined reproductive health as a human right for the first time. This paradigm shift aimed to put an end to population control goals and targets, while placing women’s reproductive autonomy at the center of population and development policies. The widespread adoption of the ICPD throughout the global South has been hailed as a victory for reproductive rights, yet some have argued that because it represents a necessary compromise between competing interests, it fails to live up to this designation.

  • Call for Papers for Special Issue: Global Health

    Call for Papers (Deadline: August 25, 2022)

    While the coronavirus has focused public attention on the problems of global health as never before, the study of global health has frequently taken place on the margins of the disciplines of sociology and political science.

  • Transitioning between Editorial Teams

    We are in the process of transitioning between editorial teams. Dr. Stallings and the Watson Institute have ended their time with the journal. A new editorial team at the Keough School at Notre Dame is beginning now. They are setting up their staff and vision for the journal now, but we do anticipate a slightly longer than usual peer-review time while they are getting acclimated to our systems. Please contact the new Managing Editor Anna Calasanti at  if you have any questions about your paper. 

  • Farewell to Barbara Stallings

    A farewell and thanks to Dr. Barbara Stallings and the Watson Institute at Brown University for their years of collaboration in the publishing of Studies in Comparative International Development (SCID). 

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