Political Behavior publishes original research in the general fields of political behavior, institutions, processes, and policies. Coverage focuses on conventional and unconventional political behavior of individuals or small groups, and of large organizations that participate in the political process such as parties, interest groups, political action committees, governmental agencies, and mass media.

As an interdisciplinary journal, Political Behavior integrates a variety of analytical approaches across different levels of theoretical abstraction and empirical domain. The exploration includes economic perspectives in preference structuring and bargaining; psychological aspects of attitude, motivations and perceptions; sociological orientation of roles, group or class; or political stance in decision making, coalitions and influence.

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Officially cited as: Polit Behav

Published in association with the Elections, Public Opinion, and Voting Behavior section of the American Political Science Association.

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  • Publishes original research on political behavior, institutions, processes, and policies
  • Focuses on behavior of individuals, small groups and large organizations
  • Integrates a variety of analytical approaches

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Co-Editors-in-Chief
  • Geoffrey Layman,
  • Benjamin Radcliff
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Hybrid. Open Access options available

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2.531 (2018)
Impact factor
3.239 (2018)
Five year impact factor
53 days
Submission to first decision
280 days
Submission to acceptance
158,013 (2018)
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Electronic ISSN
1573-6687
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0190-9320
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