Publishing with a purpose
About the journal
- Comprehensive Coverage of Public Policy, Politics and Social Issues. Policy & Politics encompasses scholarship that focuses on any aspect of the policy process; examines public policy issues comparatively; seeks to advance established policy theories and to promote new theories; spans the micro and the macro in the study of policy and politics; deals with all substantive subfields in the study of public policy; and welcomes studies of public policy that span the world, including the global south and global north. As part of this effort, we welcome scholarship that builds on and contributes to existing foundations of knowledge about public policy as well as innovates and takes risks in breaking into new frontiers of what we know about public policy.
- Inclusivity in Research Approaches. Policy & Politics welcomes scholarship from different epistemological and ontological orientations and from different methodological perspectives, including quantitative and qualitative approaches and interpretive methods. The journal is also interested in scholarship that makes methodological advancements in the study of public policy. Policy & Politics does not align itself to any disciplinary perspective and welcomes scholarship from political science, public policy, public administration and management, nonprofit studies, social policy, and others as well as the multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary, and transdisciplinary efforts that integrate these perspectives. Rather, we welcome scholarship that challenges any dominant disciplinary assumptions in the study of public policy and that offers better alternatives.
- Relevance for Science and Practice. Policy & Politics welcomes scholarship that addresses contemporary and timely issues that have relevance in current debates about public policy and politics. While some of these messages come through in the articles themselves, we work with authors in translating their scholarship through blogs and videos to non-academic audiences.
Claire A. Dunlop
What people are saying about Policy & Politics
"The specific quality of Policy & Politics is that it provides high quality articles that recognize the interrelatedness between the complexities related to getting things done in public policy making and the inherently political aspects of this endeavour."
Professor Eva Sørensen, Roskilde University
“From its origins in British local government and urban studies to today’s broad vistas, Policy & Politics has grown into an established international journal of high repute”.
Professor R. A. W. Rhodes, University of Southampton
"Policy & Politics brings into focus two subjects that should be studied together. It provides a platform for informed, reflective and rigorously evidenced research and does so in a way that addresses issues that matter."
Gerry Stoker, Professor University of Southampton, UK and Centenary Research Professor, University of Canberra, Australia
"For too long researchers have studied and published on policy and politics separately, but policy is always political and politics is fundamentally about changing policy. Policy & Politics understands this relationship and is the leading journal for those academics that want to understand what is happening and why.”
Danny Dorling, Halford Mackinder Professor of Geography, University of Oxford
Policy Press also publishes the New perspectives in policy and politics series.