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European Political Science
Palgrave Macmillan UK

European Political Science

Editor: D. Stockemer; E. Rashkova; A. Blair

ISSN: 1680-4333 (print version)
ISSN: 1682-0983 (electronic version)

Journal no. 41304

Palgrave Macmillan UK


Welcome to European Political Science
Published by Palgrave Macmillan since 2005, EPS: European Political Science is a journal of the European Consortium for Political Research.

Volume 15, Issue 2 (June 2016) - Open Access in The Social And Political Sciences Symposium

The Symposium aims to assess the implications of Open Access (OA) in the social and political sciences and to raise visibility and comprehension of OA among the academic community. It discusses OA from the perspectives of academics involved in academic associations as well as publishers, and attempts to facilitate better understanding between the two sectors. All articles are published Open Access.

Coming soon: Political Leadership in the European Union Symposium

Articles for this Symposium are now available to read online in advance of their print publication. Please see links to the articles below:

2015 European Political Science Annual Prize

We are delighted to announce that the European Political Science Annual Prize for 2015 (Volume 14) has been awarded to Alexander Schmotz for his article Vulnerability and compensation: constructing an index of co-optation in autocratic regimes European Political Science, Volume 14, Issue 4 (2015), pp. 439-457
"This article develops an innovative index of co-optation in autocratic regimes, which goes beyond the usual limited institutional focus. The author argues that co-optation is constituted by the compensation of regime vulnerability through institutional inclusion and material benefits to various pressure groups. Consequently, the index is based on indicators of vulnerability and compensation for a variety of pressure groups from military, capital and labour to parties, ethnic groups and landowners. Further, the index is tested on models of survival or breakdown of autocratic regimes. We find that this article makes an original contribution to the literature by offering a comprehensive measure of co-optation, and at the same time, the author is well aware of the limitations of the research, not least the scarcity of good indicators of compensation and vulnerability. We are sure that Alexander Schmotz' article will be frequently cited in the future. It is innovative, theoretical sound, and - very impressive."
The prize-winning article is now free to access.

Video Podcast

Watch Associate Editor of EPS, Jacqui Briggs’ video podcast interview with Simon Lightfoot, co-author of the article: Pol-Casting: The Use of Podcasting in the Teaching and Learning of Politics and International Relations

European Political Science EPS Collection: Publications, Rankings and Impact

As part of its mission to reflect the academic and professional debates affecting the political science community, over its first ten volumes EPS has published many important contributions to issues concerning publishing challenges and technologies, publication ranking metrics and rankings of departments. This, the first in a series of themed collections of EPS content, offers free access to notable articles and links to related content.


All articles, reviews and books reviewed in EPS from 2001 to 2010 have been indexed by article type and by author. These comprehensive resources provide a great way to browse the rich archive of EPS content – please see the Category Index and the Author Index for more information.

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  • Aims and Scope

    Aims and Scope


    European Political Science (EPS) is an international journal devoted to publishing contributions by and for the political science community. Its interpretation of 'political science' is wide and encompasses comparative politics, political economy, international relations, public administration, political theory, European studies and related disciplines. Although our traditional focus has been on European affairs and the development of the discipline, we are always on the lookout for work that compares politics in Europe with other continents and countries, and more general work (on other regions) that would be of interest to European political scientists (our main readership). As the professional journal of the European Consortium for Political Research, EPS is also a prime outlet for research notes and opinion pieces about the political science profession, including teaching and learning contributions, as well as symposia and academic debates. As a new initiative, we also publish original datasets.

    The editors of European Political Science (EPS), invite you to submit the following types of articles.

    Research - articles on conceptual, methodological, and theoretical developments and trends in political science. Articles aimed at this section should be intellectually stimulating, conceptually rigorous, critical and above all agenda-setting.

    Profession - articles about the state of the discipline, and where it is heading, relations between academia and politicians, policy-makers, journalists and ordinary citizens.

    Teaching - articles, debates and symposia on new approaches to teaching and learning political science.

    Debate - a collection of 3 to 4 articles (maximum 20,000 words) that exposes two countervailing perspectives on important current affairs or professional matters in order to generate awareness and reactions from the political science community.

    Symposium - a collection of 4 to 5 articles (maximum length 25,000 words) on a specific topic and under the coordination of one or two guest editors. The articles must cover either research matters (including the discipline, methodological and conceptual developments, as well as research findings in the classical sense that may contribute to an advancement of the discipline). Symposia can also tackle professional matters (such as career structures and prospects, external evaluation, higher education reforms, accreditation issues, funding trends).

    Datasets - original dataset accompanied by a short explanatory note explaining the dataset, its novelty, the variables included and the data sources. The descriptive piece will be under copyright, but not the dataset. This format allows authors to get their dataset published and cited, but also allows them and others them and others to use the data for research articles.

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