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Acta Politica
Palgrave Macmillan UK

Acta Politica

International Journal of Political Science

Editor: Rens Vliegenthart

ISSN: 0001-6810 (print version)
ISSN: 1741-1416 (electronic version)

Journal no. 41269

Palgrave Macmillan UK


Welcome to Acta Politica
Acta Politica is the official journal of the Dutch Political Science Association.
The prime objective of Acta Politica is to publish outstanding work reflecting research and developments of both a theoretical and empirical nature in all sub-areas of the discipline, including Dutch and comparative politics, international relations, political theory, public administration, and political communication.

Emilie van Haute takes over as Editor of Acta Politica

We are pleased to announce that Emilie van Haute, Associate Professor at the Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB), has become the new editor of Acta Politica from 2017. Emilie is Adjunct Director of the CEVIPOL research centre (Centre d’Etude de la Vie Politique) of the ULB. Her research interests focus on party membership, political participation, parties and elections.
Emilie is assuming the position of Professor Ingrid van Biezen (Leiden University) and will be working with Rens Vliegenthart. We would like to thank Ingrid van Biezen for her long and distinguished service as an Editor.
We look forward to Acta Politica's continued growth and excellence under Emilie's editorship.

Acta Politica 2015 Impact Factor

The Thomson Reuters 2015 Journal Citation Reports® has been released and we are pleased to announce that the new Impact Factor for Acta Politica is 0.773.
The journal's 5-year Impact Factor has risen to 1.130 from 1.269 last year.
We congratulate the journal's editorial team and contributors for this impressive growth in citation performance!

Anniversary Collection 'Electoral Volatility and Party Change in the Low Countries'

In celebration of Acta Politica's 50th anniversary volume the editors are delighted to present this hand-picked selection of articles on Electoral Volatility and Party Change in the Low Countries. The collection is free to view.

Symposium: Political Participation

Acta Politica is proud to present a symposium on political participation. In the opening article A conceptual map of political participation Jan W van Deth proposes an encompassing conceptual map of past, present and future forms of political participation. Van Deth's contribution is discussed by Marc Hooghe in 'Defining political participation: How to pinpoint an elusive target?' and by Bengü Hosch-Dayican in 'Online political activities as emerging forms of political participation: How do they fit in the conceptual map?'. Hooghe argues that the politics at which political participation is aimed is a moving target itself, whereas Hosch-Dayican wants more attention for motivational criteria at a time when online participation is often not clearly instrumental in nature. Van Deth replies to their criticisms in the rejoinder.

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    2016 Impact Factor
  • 1.532
  • Aims and Scope

    Aims and Scope


    Political Science with an Edge

    Acta Politica is one of the few truly international political science journals with a broad scope across the discipline. In the past we have published theoretical and empirical articles, comparative and single-country studies and even some methodological notes. In times of an ever-increasing specialisation in political science, we however strongly believe a broad-ranging political science journal is as important as ever for the international scientific community. As Editors, we have a strong preference for articles that will attract a wide audience within the broader field of political science, no matter what the precise topic of the article might be.

    Despite this broad scope Acta Politica is very selective about the quality of the articles that it publishes. Acta Politica has always been committed to publishing articles with an 'edge'; providing new insights or new approaches in political science. At the end of the review process, we always ask the question: "What did we learn from this article?"

    Our aim is to provide an exciting read, whether you are interested in political theory or quantitative research methods. Our goal is to select those articles that bring with them a substantive theoretical background, while demonstrating how these ideas can be used in empirical research. On the other hand, we welcome empirical articles introducing new ways to incorporate or to test theoretical discussions which are highly interesting to our readers.

    Acta Politica follows a double blind review policy, and our acceptance rate stands at about 35 per cent, ensuring that all the articles we publish meet high academic standards. These standards are, and will remain, our ultimate criteria of judgment for inclusion in the journal. We welcome articles on a broad range of topics, and using a wide array of methods. While in the past most authors publishing in Acta Politica tended to come from Europe, we now also attract more articles from the United States, Canada and the rest of the world. Our aim is to provide authors with substantive feedback within three months of receipt of manuscript.

    Acta Politica is committed to publishing relevant political science research, and we invite you to share that commitment, either by subscribing to the journal or recommending it to your library, or by considering Acta Politica when choosing a journal to publish your own research. Potential authors are invited to contact the Editors at acta.politica@fsw.leidenuniv.nl with informal enquiries regarding suitability of their manuscript.

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