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Interest Groups & Advocacy
Palgrave Macmillan UK

Interest Groups & Advocacy

Editor: J. Beyers; D. Halpin; B.L. Leech

ISSN: 2047-7414 (print version)
ISSN: 2047-7422 (electronic version)

Journal no. 41309

Palgrave Macmillan UK

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Welcome to Interest Groups & Advocacy
Launched in 2012 the journal Interest Groups & Advocacy seeks to stimulate academic and professional debate about the pursuit of political change in all its forms.

Interest Groups & Advocacy selected for the Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI)!

Beginning with all content published in 2015, the journal will be indexed and abstracted in Thomson Reuter’s Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI). ESCI covers high-quality, peer-reviewed publications of regional importance and in emerging research fields by key opinion leaders, funders, and evaluators worldwide. Inclusion in ESCI provides greater discoverability and allows for real-time insight into the journal’s citation performance.

Interest Groups & Advocacy accepted to Scopus

We are pleased to announce that Interest Groups & Advocacy has been accepted for inclusion in Scopus. The journal was reviewed by Scopus' Content Selection & Advisory Board (CSAB) who offered the following evaluation:
"This is an important international journal of political science focused on issues surrounding interest groups and advocacy organizations and their role in the political process. The individual pieces range from solid to outstanding; the international scope of authors and topics is refreshing; the citation profile is exceptional."
We congratulate the journal's editorial team and contributors on this important milestone!

Special Issue on Learning to Lobby

Interest Groups & Advocacy is proud to present a Special Issue on Learning to Lobby. Edited by Conor McGrath, it reflects on issues surrounding the education and training of lobbyists from a range of perspectives and experiences. Read the opening piece Learnable skills, or unteachable instinct? What can and what cannot be taught in the lobbying profession by Thomas T Holyoke, Heath Brown and Timothy M LaPira

Call for Papers

Interest Groups & Advocacy welcomes manuscripts from a wide and diverse range of disciplines, theoretical orientations, and ideological perspectives that illuminate the areas of interests groups, social movements, lobbying organizations and the full range of influences on public policy outputs. Whether in addressing historical issues or recent events, prospective articles should be sophisticated and of interest to a wide audience. We seek to attract contributions and attention from practitioners in the worlds of lobbying and group organization, and alongside the Editorial Board there is a Practice Panel to ensure our contents are credible in the world of practice.
Although this journal is anchored within political science, we encourage submissions from other disciplines such as economics, sociology, law, and history. Social movement scholarship clearly falls under the broad field; likewise, public affairs makes up a major component of the process of competitive advocacy that is now commonplace as a proxy for democratic contestation.
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    Interest Groups & Advocacy will engage broadly with the politics of interests. It will record and analyze how advocacy by groups, movements and lobbying professionals shapes policy, and it will address important debates about how such interests are mobilized and maintained. It will cast a wide net across politics and society to identify the forces, strategies, and tactics that determine policy change. Open to diverse methodologies, it welcomes studies that address theoretical issues, reports rigorous empirical work, and delivers insight on the range of change agents, and their behaviour and impact.

    Although this is a field traditionally dominated by American political science, in recent years there has been a widening geographical range as scholarly attention has reflected the growth of numbers, lobbyists have proliferated, and spending has increased in Europe, and in many states, provinces and localities around the world. Such territorial expansion of focus has been accompanied by broadened interest in the number and type of advocacy organizations, (far from the textbook stereotypes of interest groups), such as multi-national corporations, NGOs, and social movements, that seek to influence public policies.

    With the active assistance of a diverse and experienced editorial board, the Editors explicitly seek to create a visible, well-regarded journal with the highest standards.

    Whether in addressing historical issues or recent events, prospective articles should be sophisticated and of interest to a wide audience. We seek incisive, well-researched, and well-written articles. These qualities are especially important given our desire to attract contributions and attention from practitioners in the worlds of lobbying and group organization. Alongside the Editorial Board there is a Practice Panel to ensure our contents are credible in the world of practice.

    Although this journal is anchored within political science, these aims will not be addressed satisfactorily without submissions from other disciplines, such as economics, sociology, law, and history. Social movement scholarship clearly falls under the broad field; likewise, public affairs makes up a major component of the process of competitive advocacy that is now commonplace as a proxy for democratic contestation.

    The Editors and the editorial board welcome contributions in this broad area and intend to respond promptly to authors, with a goal of communicating decisions in no more than six weeks.

    Although these matters have long received scholarly attention, they have never commanded the attention of a single journal and specialist reviewing. We look forward to establishing Interest Groups & Advocacy as this focal point.

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