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The British Journal of Politics and International Relations

The British Journal of Politics and International Relations

Published in Association with Political Studies Association

eISSN: 1467856X | ISSN: 13691481 | Current volume: 24 | Current issue: 3 Frequency: Quarterly

2017 Best Article Prize

The prize for the best article to appear in the BJPIR has been awarded to Helen Thompson (University of Cambridge) on Inevitability and Contingency : the Political Economy of Brexit.

Congratulations are due to the prize-winner as well as those who were short-listed.

2016 Best Article Prize

The prize for the best article to appear in the BJPIR has been awarded to Douglas Kriner and Graham Wilson (both of Boston University) on The Elasticity of Reality and British Support for the War in Afghanistan. Douglas and/or Graham gave a public lecture at the University of Edinburgh based on their article in autumn 2017.

Short-listed for the best article prize were:

Jinghan Zeng, Constructing a “New Type of Great Power Relations”: the State Debate in China (1998-2014).

James Sloan, Diversity and Voice: the Political Participation of Young People in the European Union

Thomas Quinn, The British Labour Party’s Leadership Election of 2015

Congratulations are due to our prize-winners as well as those who were short-listed.

2015 Best Paper Prize Winner

Watch video interviews with the 2015 winner, Andrew Hindmoor, and shortlisted candidates Nicola J. Smith and Donna Lee here.

On Monday 14th March, the University of Edinburgh hosted a public lecture to celebrate the award of the prize for the best article published in the BJPIR in 2015 by Stephen Bell and Andrew Hindmoor, 'Masters of the Universe But Slaves to the Market'. Prof Andrew Hindmoor of the University of Sheffield was the featured speaker, with commentary by Dr Iain Hardie and Prof Donald MacKenzie.

The British Journal of Politics and International Relations (BJPIR) is an international journal that publishes peer-reviewed, cutting edge scholarship across the full breadth of the fields of international relations, comparative politics, public policy, political theory and politics. As a flagship journal of the UK's Political Studies Association, BJPIR is the world's premier outlet for research on British politics.

BJPIR is a fully refereed journal of the Political Studies Association of the UK. It has always sought to reflect and drive the major currents of debate in political science and international relations, both in the UK and internationally. The journal seeks to reflect and respond to the changing real world of politics, by publishing articles that are of contemporary relevance to both the study and practice of politics.Since its inception in 1999, in response to the growing internationalisation of the political studies community in the UK and beyond, the transnationalisation of the political science profession and the globalisation of politics, the journal has welcomed empirically rigorous and theoretically innovative articles on themes and issues that are of such global and scholarly significance that they matter for all states and countries irrespective of geographical location.


The British Journal of Politics and International Relations (BJPIR) is an international journal that publishes peer-reviewed, cutting edge scholarship across the full breadth of the fields of international relations, comparative politics, public policy, political theory, political economy, and politics. As a flagship journal of the UK’s Political Studies Association, BJPIR is the world’s premier outlet for research on British politics.

The journal has always sought to reflect and drive the major currents of debate in political science and international relations, both in the UK and internationally. Building on this legacy, our vision is to be at the forefront of scholarly efforts to understand and address the politics of global challenges, broadly understood. We encourage submissions that nuance our understanding of the inherently political processes through which these challenges are created, experienced, and responded to. We particularly welcome scholarship that generates new perspectives on some of the core assumptions and debates in political studies and international relations.

Above all, BJPIR provides a forum for a diversity of approaches and voices. In keeping with the journal’s founding concerns for disciplinary pluralism, we welcome diverse epistemological and methodological approaches, as well as genuinely interdisciplinary research agendas. We will continuously aim for a bigger proportion of articles from women scholars and support the discipline-wide effort to see gender parity. We are committed to improving the number of submissions and published articles by authors from underrepresented minority groups, scholars from the Global South, and Early Career Researchers (ECRs).

Emma-Louise Anderson University of Leeds, UK
Derek Edyvane University of Leeds, UK
Richard Hayton University of Leeds, UK
Jack Holland University of Leeds, UK
Victoria Honeyman University of Leeds, UK
Associate Editors
Sahla Aroussi University of Leeds, UK
Alex Beresford University of Leeds, UK
Charlie Dannreuther University of Leeds, UK
Kingsley Edney University of Leeds, UK
Markus Fraundorfer University of Leeds, UK
Helena Hinkkainen University of Leeds, UK
Yoshi Kobayashi University of Leeds, UK
Viktoria Spaiser University of Leeds, UK
Nora Stappert University of Leeds, UK
Kerri Woods University of Leeds, UK
Deputy Editors
Jocelyn Evans University of Leeds, UK
Cristina Leston-Bandeira University of Leeds, UK
International Advisory Board
Roger Awan-Scully Hong Kong Baptist University, China
Tim Bale Queen Mary, University of London, UK
Nicole Beardsworth University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
Richard Bellamy University College London, UK
Lynn Bennie University of Aberdeen, UK
Rosie Campbell King’s College London, UK
Louise Chappell University of New South Wales, Australia
Mihika Chatterjee University of Bath, UK
Titus Chen National Sun Yat-sen University
Alan Convery University of Edinburgh, UK
Maxine David Leiden University, Netherlands
Sara Davies Griffith University, Australia
Nicole Grove University of Hawaii
Defne Gunay Yasar University, Turkey
Toni Haastrup University of Stirling, UK
Andrew Hindmoor University of Sheffield, UK
Dawisson Belem Lopes Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil
Catriona McKinnon University of Reading, UK
Amanda Murdie University of Georgia, USA
Kai Opperman University of Sussex, UK
Chengxin Pan University of Macau, China
Guy Peters University of Pittsburgh, USA
Mark A. Pollack Temple University, USA
R.A.W. Rhodes University of Southampton, UK
George Shambaugh Georgetown University, USA
Jack Snyder Columbia University, USA
Roland Sturm Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany
Arlene Tickner Universidad del Rosario, Colombia
Jonathan Tonge University of Liverpool, UK
Katharine Wright Newcastle University, UK
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  • Manuscript Submission Guidelines: The British Journal of Politics and International Relations

    Please read the guidelines below then visit the Journal’s submission site to upload your manuscript. Please note that manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned.

    Only manuscripts of sufficient quality that meet the aims and scope of The British Journal of Politics and International Relations will be reviewed.

    There are no fees payable to submit or publish in this journal.

    As part of the submission process you will be required to warrant that you are submitting your original work, that you have the rights in the work, and that you have obtained and can supply all necessary permissions for the reproduction of any copyright works not owned by you, that you are submitting the work for first publication in the Journal and that it is not being considered for publication elsewhere and has not already been published elsewhere. Please see our guidelines on prior publication and note that the journal may accept submissions of papers that have been posted on pre-print servers; please alert the Editorial Office when submitting (contact details are at the end of these guidelines) and include the DOI for the preprint in the designated field in the manuscript submission system. Authors should not post an updated version of their paper on the preprint server while it is being peer reviewed for possible publication in the journal. If the article is accepted for publication, the author may re-use their work according to the journal's author archiving policy.
    If your paper is accepted, you must include a link on your preprint to the final version of your paper.

    1. What do we publish?
      1.1 Aims & Scope
      1.2 Article types
      1.3 Writing your paper
    2. Editorial policies
      2.1 Peer review policy
      2.2 Authorship
      2.3 Acknowledgements
      2.4 Declaration of conflicting interests
      2.5 Data
    3. Publishing policies
      3.1 Publication ethics
      3.2 Contributor's publishing agreement
      3.3 Open access and author archiving
    4. Preparing your manuscript
      4.1 Formatting
      4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics
      4.3 Supplemental material
      4.4 Style Sheet
      4.5 Reference Style
      4.6 English Language Editing Services
    5. Submitting your manuscript
      5.1 ORCID
      5.2 Information required for completing your submission
      5.3 Permissions
    6. On acceptance and publication
      6.1 SAGE Production
      6.2 Online First publication
      6.3 Access to your published article
      6.4 Promoting your article
    7. Further information

    1. What do we publish?

    1.1 Aims & Scope

    Before submitting your manuscript to The British Journal of Politics and International Relations, please ensure you have read the Aims & Scope.

    1.2 Article Types

    British Journal of Politics and International Relations seeks to reflect and respond to the changing real world of politics, by publishing articles that are of contemporary relevance to both the study and practice of politics. Articles should be up to 8,000 words, excluding the list of references.

    British Journal of Politics and International Relations publishes a number of different types of article:

    1.Original research articles - a 'standard' submission of an article of 8,000 words (plus the reference list).  

    2. 'Policy matters' articles - we also welcome submissions of work focused on a particular policy sector or issue, particularly ones that impact on the Academy (such as on matters of educational policy). 'Policy matters' articles are normally between 3,000 and 5,000 words.

    3. Special Issues - The BJPIR considers special issue proposals on a rolling basis. Proposals should be sent via email to  All draft articles that are proposed to be included in a Special Issue must undergo anonymous review by referees. For more information, please see the Call for Special Issue proposals [link to new webpage].

    4. 'Breakthrough' Political Science/Theory or IR articles - the BJPIR occasionally publishes articles commissioned by our editorial team by scholars who have either contributed seminal work in an established field of study or who are the brightest, emerging talents engaged in establishing new such fields. 'Breakthrough' articles are relatively short (6,000 words maximum), focused on debates to which the author's work has given rise, and are designed to be ideal for teaching. Most such articles are accompanied by short (4,000 word) commentaries by leading scholars whose work has been influenced by 'breakthrough' authors. The BJPIR normally will help fun - on a 50/50 'matching funding' bases - workshops or symposia that bring together 'breakthrough' authors and their commentators for discussion or debate.

    1.3 Writing your paper

    The SAGE Author Gateway has some general advice and on how to get published, plus links to further resources.

    1.3.1 Make your article discoverable

    For information and guidance on how to make your article more discoverable, visit our Gateway page on How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online

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    2. Editorial policies

    2.1 Peer review policy

    British Journal of Politics and International Relations adheres to a rigorous double-anonymize reviewing policy in which the identity of both the reviewer and author are always concealed from both parties.

    The Editor or members of the Editorial Board may occasionally submit their own manuscripts for possible publication in the journal. In these cases, the peer review process will be managed by alternative members of the Board and the submitting Editor/Board member will have no involvement in the decision-making process.

    2.2 Authorship

    All parties who have made a substantive contribution to the article should be listed as authors. Principal authorship, authorship order, and other publication credits should be based on the relative scientific or professional contributions of the individuals involved, regardless of their status. A student is usually listed as principal author on any multiple-authored publication that substantially derives from the student’s dissertation or thesis.

    2.3 Acknowledgements

    All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an Acknowledgements section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help, or a department chair who provided only general support.

    Please supply any personal acknowledgements separately to the main text to facilitate anonymous peer review.

    2.3.1 Third party submissions

    Where an individual who is not listed as an author submits a manuscript on behalf of the author(s), a statement must be included in the Acknowledgements section of the manuscript and in the accompanying cover letter. The statements must:

    •    Disclose this type of editorial assistance – including the individual’s name, company and level of input 
    •    Identify any entities that paid for this assistance 
    •    Confirm that the listed authors have authorized the submission of their manuscript via third party and approved any statements or declarations, e.g. conflicting interests, funding, etc.

    Where appropriate, SAGE reserves the right to deny consideration to manuscripts submitted by a third party rather than by the authors themselves.

    2.4 Declaration of conflicting interests

    The British Journal of Politics and International Relations encourages authors to include a declaration of any conflicting interests and recommends you review the good practice guidelines on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway

    2.5 Data

    SAGE acknowledges the importance of research data availability as an integral part of the research and verification process for academic journal articles.

    The British Journal of Politics and International Relations requests all authors submitting any primary data used in their research articles [“alongside their article submissions” or “if the articles are accepted”] to be published in the online version of the journal, or provide detailed information in their articles on how the data can be obtained. This information should include links to third-party data repositories or detailed contact information for third-party data sources. Data available only on an author-maintained website will need to be loaded onto either the journal’s platform or a third-party platform to ensure continuing accessibility. Examples of data types include but are not limited to statistical data files, replication code, text files, audio files, images, videos, appendices, and additional charts and graphs necessary to understand the original research. [The editor(s) may consider limited embargoes on proprietary data.] The editor(s) [can/will] also grant exceptions for data that cannot legally or ethically be released. All data submitted should comply with Institutional or Ethical Review Board requirements and applicable government regulations. For further information, please contact the editorial office at [email address].

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    3. Publishing Policies

    3.1 Publication ethics

    SAGE is committed to upholding the integrity of the academic record. We encourage authors to refer to the Committee on Publication Ethics’ International Standards for Authors and view the Publication Ethics page on the SAGE Author Gateway

    3.1.1 Plagiarism

    The British Journal of Politics and International Relations and SAGE take issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism or other breaches of best practice in publication very seriously. We seek to protect the rights of our authors and we always investigate claims of plagiarism or misuse of published articles. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked with duplication-checking software. Where an article, for example, is found to have plagiarised other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where the authorship of the article is contested, we reserve the right to take action including, but not limited to: publishing an erratum or corrigendum (correction); retracting the article; taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author's institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; or taking appropriate legal action.

    3.1.2 Prior publication

    If material has been previously published it is not generally acceptable for publication in a SAGE journal. However, there are certain circumstances where previously published material can be considered for publication. Please refer to the guidance on the SAGE Author Gateway or if in doubt, contact the Editor at the address given below.

    3.2 Contributor's publishing agreement

    Before publication, SAGE requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement. SAGE’s Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement is an exclusive licence agreement which means that the author retains copyright in the work but grants SAGE the sole and exclusive right and licence to publish for the full legal term of copyright. Exceptions may exist where an assignment of copyright is required or preferred by a proprietor other than SAGE. In this case copyright in the work will be assigned from the author to the society. For more information please visit the SAGE Author Gateway

    3.3 Open access and author archiving

    British Journal of Politics and International Relations offers optional open access publishing via the SAGE Choice programme. For more information please visit the SAGE Choice website. For information on funding body compliance, and depositing your article in repositories, please visit SAGE Publishing Policies on our Journal Author Gateway.

    Authors retain copyright of your SAGE Choice article. SAGE will publish your article under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial license (CC BY-NC) which allows others to re-use the work without permission as long as the work is properly referenced and the use is non-commercial. Authors required to publish under a CC BY licensing by their funder can publish under the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY) which allows use of the work for commercial purposes.

    If you require a CC BY NC-ND license, please contact the SAGE Production Editor at

    3.4 PSA statement on CC-BY

    Please be aware that the Political Studies Association (UK) have issued the following statement about the CC-BY licence:-
    The Political Studies Association endorses the principle of freedom of choice and is thus prepared to offer authors choosing to pay an Article Processing Charge under Online Open the option of publishing under a CC-BY licence. However, the Association wishes to draw the attention of authors to the following risks associated with CC-BY licences:-

    • Lack of requirement under the terms of the current CC-BY licence (version 3.0) for other parties to give any indication as to how the original work has been modified in any derivative product
    • Lack of protection against poor translation
    • Lack of recourse against the work being quoted out of context
    • Lack of recourse against the work being reprinted in anthologies where the context is offensive to the author
    • Lack of recourse against intermediaries republishing work for commercial gain

    For information on funding body compliance, and depositing your article in repositories, please visit SAGE Publishing Policies on our Journal Author Gateway. Your rights as an author are outlined below:

    • You retain copyright in your work.
    • You may do whatever you wish with the version of the article you submitted to the journal – version 1.
    • You may not post the accepted version (version 2) of the article on your own personal website, your department’s website, the repository of your institution, the repository of another institution or a subject repository, until 24 months after first publication of the article in the journal.
    • Once the article has been accepted for publication, you may use the accepted article (version 2) for your own teaching needs or to supply on an individual basis to research colleagues, provided that such supply is not for commercial purposes.
    • You may use the accepted article (version 2) in a book you write or edit any time after publication in the journal.
    • You may not post the published article (version 3) on any website or in any repository without permission from SAGE.
    • When posting or re-using the article please provide a link to the appropriate DOI for the published version of the article on SAGE Journals ( 

    All commercial or any other re-use of the published article should be referred to SAGE. More information can be found at:

    When posting or re-using the article, you should provide a link/URL from the article posted to the SAGE Journals Online site where the article is published: and please make the following acknowledgment: ‘The final, definitive version of this paper has been published in <journal>, Vol/Issue, Month/Year by SAGE Publications Ltd, All rights reserved. © [The Author(s)]

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    4. Preparing your manuscript for submission

    4.1 Formatting

    The preferred format for your manuscript is Word. LaTeX files are also accepted. (La)Tex templates are available on the Manuscript Submission Guidelines page of our Author Gateway.

    4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics

    For guidance on the preparation of illustrations, pictures and graphs in electronic format, please visit SAGE’s Manuscript Submission Guidelines  

    Figures supplied in colour will appear in colour online regardless of whether or not these illustrations are reproduced in colour in the printed version. For specifically requested colour reproduction in print, you will receive information regarding the costs from SAGE after receipt of your accepted article.

    4.3 Supplemental material

    This journal is able to host additional materials online (e.g. datasets, podcasts, videos, images etc) alongside the full-text of the article. For more information please refer to our guidelines on submitting supplementary files

    4.4 Style Sheet

    In addition to SAGE submission guidelines, it is imperative that authors follow the Editorial Style Guide to avoid delay in consideration of their manuscript.

    4.5 Reference Style

    The British Journal of Politics and International Relations adheres to the SAGE Harvard reference style. View the SAGE Harvard guidelines to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style. However, the journal will accept submissions using any consistent scholarly referencing style, with no requirement to follow specific formatting rules at the submission stage. Should the manuscript be conditionally accepted for publication, the author(s) will be required to (re)format their manuscript to adhere to the SAGE Harvard referencing style before their manuscript can be formally accepted.

    If you use EndNote to manage references, you can download the SAGE Harvard EndNote output file

    Please keep endnotes to an absolute minimum and use only for essential contextual background, to provide details of variables or methods, or for similar material which, while essential, would nonetheless be disruptive to the flow of the main text, or of interest only to a minority of readers. Please do not exceed one endnote per word (for instance "word [1] [2]" will not be accepted).

    4.6 English language editing services

    Authors seeking assistance with English language editing, translation, or figure and manuscript formatting to fit the journal’s specifications should consider using SAGE Language Services. Visit SAGE Language Services on our Journal Author Gateway for further information.

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    5. Submitting your manuscript

    The British Journal of Politics and International Relations is hosted on SAGE Track, a web based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne™ Manuscripts. Visit to login and submit your article online.

    IMPORTANT: Please check whether you already have an account in the system before trying to create a new one. If you have reviewed or authored for the journal in the past year it is likely that you will have had an account created.  For further guidance on submitting your manuscript online please visit ScholarOne Online Help.

    5.1 ORCID

    As part of our commitment to ensuring an ethical, transparent and fair peer review process SAGE is a supporting member of ORCID, the Open Researcher and Contributor ID. ORCID provides a unique and persistent digital identifier that distinguishes researchers from every other researcher, even those who share the same name, and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between researchers and their professional activities, ensuring that their work is recognized. 

    The collection of ORCID IDs from corresponding authors is now part of the submission process of this journal. If you already have an ORCID ID you will be asked to associate that to your submission during the online submission process. We also strongly encourage all co-authors to link their ORCID ID to their accounts in our online peer review platforms. It takes seconds to do: click the link when prompted, sign into your ORCID account and our systems are automatically updated. Your ORCID ID will become part of your accepted publication’s metadata, making your work attributable to you and only you. Your ORCID ID is published with your article so that fellow researchers reading your work can link to your ORCID profile and from there link to your other publications.

    If you do not already have an ORCID ID please follow this link to create one or visit our ORCID homepage to learn more.

    5.2 Information required for completing your submission

    You will be asked to provide contact details and academic affiliations for all co-authors via the submission system and identify who is to be the corresponding author. These details must match what appears on your manuscript. The affiliation listed in the manuscript should be the institution where the research was conducted. If an author has moved to a new institution since completing the research, the new affiliation can be included in a manuscript note at the end of the paper. At this stage please ensure you have included all the required statements and declarations and uploaded any additional supplementary files (including reporting guidelines where relevant).

    5.3 Permissions

    Please also ensure that you have obtained any necessary permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere. For further information including guidance on fair dealing for criticism and review, please see the Copyright and Permissions page on the SAGE Author Gateway

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    6. On acceptance and publication

    6.1 SAGE Production

    Your SAGE Production Editor will keep you informed as to your article’s progress throughout the production process. Proofs will be made available to the corresponding author via our editing portal SAGE Edit or by email, and corrections should be made directly or notified to us promptly. Authors are reminded to check their proofs carefully to confirm that all author information, including names, affiliations, sequence and contact details are correct, and that Funding and Conflict of Interest statements, if any, are accurate. Please note that if there are any changes to the author list at this stage all authors will be required to complete and sign a form authorising the change.

    6.2 Online First publication

    Online First allows final articles (completed and approved articles awaiting assignment to a future issue) to be published online prior to their inclusion in a journal issue, which significantly reduces the lead time between submission and publication. Visit the SAGE Journals help page for more details, including how to cite Online First articles.

    6.3 Access to your published article

    SAGE provides authors with online access to their final article.

    6.4 Promoting your article

    Publication is not the end of the process! You can help disseminate your paper and ensure it is as widely read and cited as possible. The SAGE Author Gateway has numerous resources to help you promote your work. Visit the Promote Your Article page on the Gateway for tips and advice.

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    7. Further information

    Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the manuscript submission process should be sent to The British Journal of Politics and International Relations editorial office as follows:

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