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Political Theory

An International Journal of Political Philosophy

eISSN: 15527476 | ISSN: 00905917 | Current volume: 51 | Current issue: 2 Frequency: Bi-monthly

About This Title
Political Theory (PT), peer-reviewed and published bi-monthly, serves as the leading forum for the development and exchange of political ideas. Broad in scope and international in coverage, PT publishes articles on political theory from a wide range of philosophical, ideological and methodological perspectives. Articles address contemporary and historical political thought, normative and cultural theory, the history of ideas, and critical assessments of current work. The journal encourages essays that address pressing political and ethical issues or events.

Broad Scope
Political Theory serves as the leading forum for the development and exchange of political ideas. The journal is broad in scope and international in coverage, with no single affiliation or orientation. Political Theory's carefully refereed articles discuss current political problematics and cast new light on historical ones. Acknowledging the emergent nature of political thought, the journal engages both major and minor figures in and about the canon of political theory, such as: Plato, Qutb, Locke, Marx, Thoreau, Arendt, and Du Bois. A partial list of areas of study includes issues such as:

  • Liberalism and neoliberalism
  • Justice
  • Feminism
  • Ecophilosophy
  • Cultural politics
  • Equality
  • Politics and aesthetics
  • Deliberative, agonistic, and ancient democracy
  • Language
  • Politics

Regular Features
Political Theory brings you the latest research on political theory. Its international editorial board is dedicated to offering thought-provoking and stimulating scholarship in a variety of forms, including:

  • Feature Articles
  • Critical Responses
  • Books in Review
  • Review Essays
  • Special-Topic Symposia
  • Annual
  • Index


Political Theory is an international journal of political thought open to contributions from a wide range of methodological, philosophical, and ideological perspectives. Essays in contemporary and historical political thought, normative and cultural theory, history of ideas, and assessments of current work are welcome. The journal encourages essays that address pressing political and ethical issues or events.

Joshua F. Dienstag University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA
Elisabeth Ellis University of Otago, NZ
Alison McQueen Stanford University, USA
Davide Panagia University of California, Los Angeles, USA
Review Editor
Nancy Luxon University of Minnesota, USA
Assistant Editors
Mack Eason University of California Los Angeles, USA
Naomi Ellis University of California, Los Angeles, USA
Pierre Gagniarre University of California, Los Angeles, USA
Executive Editorial Committee
Glen Coulthard University of British Columbia, USA
Juliet Hooker Brown University, USA
Hélène Landemore Yale University, USA
Pratap Bhanu Mehta Political scientist based at Gurugram, India
Nivedita Menon Jawaharlal Nehru University, India
Shalini Satkunanandan University of California, Davis, USA
Elizabeth Wingrove University of Michigan, USA
Editorial Board
Paul Apostolidis The London School of Economics and Political Science, UK
Shlomo Avineri Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel
Lawrie Balfour University of Virginia, USA
Seyla Benhabib Yale University, USA
Jane Bennett Johns Hopkins University, USA
Wendy Brown University of California, Berkeley, USA
Terrell Carver University of Bristol, UK
William E. Connolly Johns Hopkins University, USA
Mary Dietz Northwestern University, USA
John Dryzek University of Canberra, Australia
John Dunn Cambridge University, UK
Roxanne L. Euben University of Pennsylvania, USA
Rainer Forst Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany
Jill Frank Cornell University, USA
William Galston Brookings Institution, USA
Michael Gillespie Duke University, USA
Jurgen Habermas University of Frankfurt, Germany
Virginia Held City University of New York, USA
Don Herzog University of Michigan, USA
Bonnie Honig Brown University, USA
George Kateb Princeton University, USA
Stephen Macedo Princeton University, USA
Jane Mansbridge Harvard University, USA
Harvey Mansfield Harvard University, USA
Lori Marso Union College, USA
J. Donald Moon Wesleyan University, USA
Anne Norton University of Pennsylvania, USA
Aletta Norval Anglia Ruskin University, UK
David Owen University of Southampton, UK
Anthony Pagden University of California, Los Angeles, USA
Carole Pateman University of California, Los Angeles, USA
Anne Phillips London School of Economics, UK
Hanna Pitkin University of California, Berkeley, USA
J G A Pocock Johns Hopkins University, USA
Neil Roberts Williams College, USA
Melvin Rogers Brown University, USA
Nancy L. Rosenblum Harvard University, USA
Alan Ryan Oxford University, UK
Arlene Saxonhouse University of Michigan, USA
Quentin Skinner University of London, UK
Rogers Smith University of Pennsylvania, USA
Tracy B. Strong University of California, San Diego, USA
Charles Taylor McGill University, Canada
Dennis Thompson Harvard University, USA
James Tully University of Victoria, Canada
Michael Walzer The Institute for Advanced Study, USA
Stephen K. White University of Virginia, USA
Robert Paul Wolff University of Massachusetts, USA
Linda Zerilli University of Chicago, USA
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Submission Guidelines

The Political Theory office will be closed from June 23rd through July 15th. The site will be closed for new submissions, though we will accept referee reports and author revisions as usual during this time.

Political Theory is an international journal of political thought open to contributions from a wide range of methodological, philosophical, and ideological perspectives. Essays in contemporary or historical political thought, normative and cultural theory, history of ideas, and assessments of current work are welcome.

Manuscripts Information


Manuscripts should be no longer than 10,000 words total, including text, notes and bibliography (abstract excluded). The entire paper must be double-spaced, with one-inch margins and 12-point font. Text and notes should conform to The Chicago Manual of Style, 17th edition. Simple citations should appear in-text using the author-date system described in chapter 15 of CMS and refer to a bibliography that appears at the end of the manuscript. Bibliographies should not include material beyond what is cited in the article. Longer notes should appear as footnotes and should also be double-spaced in 12-point font; any citations in such notes should use the same style as in-text citations. All identifying information should be removed from the manuscript. Manuscripts that do not meet the submission standards will be returned to the author(s) for correction before being considered.

Critical responses to essays published in Political Theory will be considered on an ad hoc basis. Submissions of critical responses must be made no later than three months after the publication of the original essay. They should be no longer than 2,500 words in length, including notes and references.

How to Submit
Authors must prepare and submit two separate files to Political Theory via our website (
(1) One 'Main Document' which contains only your manuscript;
(2) One 'Supplementary File' that includes a title page with full contact information; a brief biographical paragraph noting current affiliation, research interests, and recent publications; an abstract of no more than 250 words; and at least four, but not more than six, keywords to facilitate electronic access. A cover letter is not required. Contact the editorial office at if you encounter difficulties with your online submission.

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. Queries concerning what constitutes prior publication should be addressed to the editor.


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.

Our review period averages three months, except during the summer, when the offices are open on a more limited basis.

Announcements and correspondence regarding conferences, panels, papers, and other news of interest should be sent to:

Editors, Political Theory
UCLA / Political Science
4289 Bunche Hall
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1472

Publishers should contact regarding books to be reviewed. We do not accept unsolicited book reviews.

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