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Political Research Quarterly

Political Research Quarterly

Published in Association with University of Utah

eISSN: 1938274X | ISSN: 10659129 | Current volume: 77 | Current issue: 2 Frequency: Quarterly
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Political Research Quarterly is a peer-reviewed journal that publishes original research on all aspects of politics. Among the leading generalist journals of political science, PRQ seeks to publish significant contributions to knowledge which engage readers across multiple fields of scholarship, as well as exceptional contributions within specialized fields. Our authors and reviewers come from all over the world and from across the spectrum of methodological and substantive expertise. Both the journal and its host organization, the Western Political Science Association, have a reputation for showcasing pluralistic and intellectually innovative research, with special emphasis on transcending the boundaries that conventionally separate subfields, methods, and specializations.

This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

Political Research Quarterly publishes scholarly research that covers the breadth of methodological approaches, theoretical perspectives, and substantive topics in the study of politics. Primary fields of research include the following:

  • American Politics
  • Comparative Politics
  • Gender, Race, and Identity
  • International Relations
  • Methodology
  • Political Theory
  • Public Administration
  • Public Law
  • Public Policy

PRQ especially encourages research that is problem-driven and that utilizes multiple methodological and theoretical frameworks to address major political problems or puzzles. The journal also attempts to reflect the diversity of the discipline of political science and to serve as a meaningful forum for critical analysis and debate.

Though primarily a venue for original research articles, PRQ features occasional collections of articles on a common theme or debate, to be published as short symposia. Symposium proposals are welcome, and individual submissions will undergo the same review process as manuscripts of research articles. Important debates between scholars or responses to controversial articles are also featured from time to time.

Charles Anthony Smith University of California Irvine, USA
Associate Editors
Andrew Flores American University, USA
Jennifer Garcia Oberlin College, USA
Stephen Andrew Nuno Northern Arizona University, USA
Davin Phoenix University of California Irvine, USA
Heather Smith-Cannoy Arizona State University, USA
Christopher Stout Oregon State University, USA
Jami Taylor University of Toledo, USA
Angelia Wilson University of Manchester, UK
Wendy Wong University of British Columbia, Canada
Julia Jordan-Zachary Wake Forest University, USA
Managing Editor
Jacob Sutherland University of California Irvine, USA
Editorial Advisory Board
Sarah Anderson University of California, Santa Barbara, USA
Sarah F. Anzia University of California at Berkeley, USA
Antoine Banks University of Maryland, USA
Tiffany Barnes University of Kentucky, USA
Andrea Benjamin University of Oklahoma, USA
Richard Boyd Georgetown University, USA
Royce Carroll University of Essex, UK
Jason Casellas University of Houston, USA
Cornell W. Clayton Washington State University, USA
Bridget Coggins University of California, Santa Barbara, USA
Michael H. Crespin University of Oklahoma, USA
Mary G. Dietz Northwestern University, USA
Elisabeth Ellis University of Otago, New Zealand
Jennifer Fitzgerald University of Colorado, USA
Megan Ming Francis University of Washington, USA
Danny Hayes George Washington University, USA
Clarissa Hayward Washington University in St. Louis, USA
Erik Herron West Virginia University, USA
Mirya Holman Tulane University, USA
Mala Htun University of New Mexico, USA
Michele Keunzi University of Nevada, Las Vegas, USA
Ari Kohen University of Nebraska, USA
Suzanne M. Leland University of North Carolina, Charlotte, USA
Amanda Licht Binghamton University, USA
Gregory Love University of Mississippi, USA
Frank Lovett Washington University in St Louis, USA
Robert Lupton University of Connecticut, USA
Tofigh Maboudi Loyola University Chicago, USA
Anthony J. Madonna University of Georgia, USA
J.S. Maloy University of Louisiana, USA
Elizabeth Markovitz Mount Holyoke College, USA
Jonathan Marks Ursinus College, USA
Angie Maxwell University of Arkansas, USA
Amy G. Mazur Washington State University, USA
Seth C. McKee Oklahoma State University, USA
Michael McKoy Wheaton College, USA
Jeanette Mendez Oklahoma State University, USA
Jamila Michener Cornell University, USA
Michael Minta University of Minnesota, USA
Diana O'Brien Rice University, USA
Ian Ostrander Michigan State Universtiy, USA
Erica Owen University of Pittsburgh, USA
Shanna Pearson-Merkowitz University of Maryland, USA
Efrén Pérez University of California, Los Angeles, USA
Kelly Rader Yale University, USA
Jordan Ragusa College of Charleston, USA
Ora John Reuter University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, USA
Emily Hencken Ritter Vanderbilt University, USA
James M. Scott Illinois State University
Paru Shah University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA
Yael Shomer Tel-Aviv University, Israel
Shane Singh University of Georgia, USA
Zeynep Somer-Topcu University of Texas at Austin, USA
Dara Strolovich Princeton University, USA
Sharece Thrower Vanderbilt University, USA
Alvin Tillery Northwestern University, USA
Susan H. Whiting University of Washington, USA
Jennifer Wolak Michigan State University, USA
Antoine Yoshinaka University of Buffalo, USA
Amy Yuen Political Science, Middlebury College, USA
Chris Zepeda-Millán University of California, Los Angeles, USA
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  • As a generalist journal, Political Research Quarterly (PRQ) publishes scholarly research that covers the breadth of methodological approaches, theoretical perspectives, and substantive topics in the study of politics. A manuscript that respects PRQ’s generalist mission and readership will attempt to contribute knowledge and insights that engage readers across multiple fields of political research, or that constitute an exceptional contribution within a specialized field.

    Political Research Quarterly uses a double-anonymize review process in which authors’ names are unknown to reviewers, and vice versa. The principle of anonymity requires that authors and reviewers alike should not deliberately make their identities public during the review process, or in anticipation of a review process soon to be underway. PRQ does not review papers that are under consideration for publication elsewhere or whose contents have been substantially published or are forthcoming elsewhere. Papers that do not meet the formatting and submission guidelines described below will not be sent out for review.

    Style and Formatting. Authors preparing work for submission to PRQ should observe the below guidelines:

    • 10,000 word limit, including text, tables, citations, footnotes, endnotes, and references. Appendices are not included in the 10,000 word limit, but should be designated as “Online Appendix” and included at the end of the manuscript.
    • Abstract of no more than 200 words at the beginning of a manuscript.
    • Manuscript pages numbered consecutively
    • Tables and figures placed either in the body of the paper or at the end of the document.
    • All of the text, citations, and references should be double-spaced (but tables may be single-spaced) in Times New Roman 12-point font. Tables may be single-spaced.
    • Follow and author-date citation method. Manuscripts that uses another citation method when submitted for review may be subsequently converted to PRQ style by the author in the event that it is accepted for publication.

    Submission Process. Manuscripts must be submitted electronically to (, where authors will be required to register their own account. Manuscripts will be sent out anonymously for editorial evaluation. Obtaining permission for any quoted or reprinted material that requires permission is the responsibility of the author. Submission of a manuscript implies commitment to publish in the journal. Authors submitting manuscripts to the journal should not simultaneously submit them to another journal, nor should manuscripts have been published elsewhere in substantially similar form or with substantially similar content. Questions about the submission process should be directed to the editorial office at

    Replication Policy. As a leading outlet for political research, PRQ is dedicated to increasing research transparency. The corresponding author of a manuscript accepted for publication is expected to address data availability and replication in the final draft, typically in a footnote. PRQ's authors may use an online public archive of their choice, or may submit their replication data directly to the PRQ editorial office for long-term storage on Sage Publications' servers, where they will be accessible as supplementary material through PRQ's website. While the data necessary to replicate results are required to be publicly available, we also suggest that authors include any codebook, specialized computer programs, lists of computer program recodes, or program-specific syntax files, as appropriate. Finally, authors are advised to remove information from their datasets that should remain confidential, such as the names of survey respondents.

    REVIEW FOR PRQ... The editors of PRQ rely upon the service of conscientious reviewers to ensure that scholarly standards remain high and that they represent the diversity of approaches and interests within political science. If you are interested in becoming a reviewer, please go to our submission website and register as a reviewer to become a part of our reviewer database. Your time is greatly appreciated.


    Anonymize Review Policy. Political Research Quarterly relies upon a double-anonymize review process to provide authors with a reasonably unbiased assessment of their research. In order to maintain the integrity of this system, we ask that manuscripts have all author-identifying information removed. This includes any acknowledgements or expressions of gratitude, research funding or grant disclosures, and direct references to the author’s university or department. In addition, authors are welcome to include a reasonable number of citations to their own work, so long as they cannot be used to identify the manuscript’s author. In order to do so, authors must refer to their previous work in the third person and include the work in the list of references. Given that self-citations to published work is acceptable, placeholders such as “Omitted Citation,” “Anonymized,” “Anonymous,” “Authors XXXX,” and “Redacted” should be avoided. Finally, authors should avoid citing their own doctoral dissertations, conference papers, manuscripts in review, and forthcoming publications. Please note that, in the event a manuscript is accepted for publication, any self-identifying citations or information can be added to the final version.

    Manuscripts that have potentially compromising information may be returned to the authors for editing, which could delay the review process.

    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.

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