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Political Theory

Political Theory

An International Journal of Political Philosophy

eISSN: 15527476 | ISSN: 00905917 | Current volume: 48 | Current issue: 4 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.

Lawrie Balfour University of Virginia, USA
Consulting Editor
Jill Frank Cornell University, USA
Lori Marso Union College, USA
Review Editor
Nancy Luxon University of Minnesota, USA
Assistant Review Editor
Baruch Malewich University of Minnesota, USA
Assistant Editors
Matthew Frierdich University of Virginia, USA
Jess Hasper University of Virginia, USA
Executive Editorial Committee
Paul Apostolidis The London School of Economics and Political Science, UK
Glen Coulthard University of British Columbia, USA
Pratap Bhanu Mehta Ashoka University, India
Nivedita Menon Jawaharlal Nehru University, India
Neil Roberts Williams College, USA
Shalini Satkunanandan University of California, Davis, USA
Elizabeth Wingrove University of Michigan, USA
Editorial Board
Shlomo Avineri Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel
Seyla Benhabib Yale University, USA
Jane Bennett Johns Hopkins University, USA
William E. Connolly Johns Hopkins University, USA
Mary Dietz Northwestern University, USA
John Dunn Cambridge University, UK
Victor Gourevitch Wesleyan University, USA
Jurgen Habermas University of Frankfurt, Germany
Virginia Held City University of New York, USA
George Kateb Princeton University, USA
Jane Mansbridge Harvard University, USA
Harvey Mansfield Harvard University, USA
Carole Pateman University of California, Los Angeles, USA
Hanna Pitkin University of California, Berkeley, USA
J G A Pocock Johns Hopkins University, USA
Melvin Richter City University of New York, USA
Nancy L. Rosenblum Harvard University, USA
Alan Ryan Oxford University, UK
Quentin Skinner University of London, UK
Tracy B. Strong University of California, San Diego, USA
Charles Taylor McGill University, Canada
Dennis Thompson Harvard University, USA
Michael Walzer The Institute for Advanced Study, USA
Stephen K. White University of Virginia, USA
Robert Paul Wolff University of Massachusetts, USA
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  • An update from the Political Theory editorial office:

    As we all come to terms with the COVID-19 pandemic, Political Theory will continue to accept new submissions, seek reviewers, and try to keep the editorial process running as well as we can. There is no way to anticipate the kinds of delays we may face on our end, and we realize that authors, reviewers, and readers are grappling with extremely daunting challenges of their own. If you receive a request to review, please know that we are grateful for your willingness to take on this essential task, and that we will understand if you need more time to complete a report or decide that you have to decline. If you are planning to submit a new manuscript, please do so and understand that the review period may be significantly longer than normal. If you are working on a revision, the deadline for resubmission is very flexible.

    We understand that the timing of the current situation is devastating for those with recently published books, as conferences, book launches, and other events have been or will be canceled. We hope to move forward with those reviews and symposia already commissioned. We also plan to maintain our commitment to promoting exciting new work, especially by junior scholars, and we are grateful to those reviewers with who are able to take on this important service. In all cases, we will collaborate with reviewers to establish reasonable and flexible deadlines.

    Whatever your situation, we are happy to try to address any questions or concerns related to the publication process. We wish all of you the best in these awful times.

    Submission Guidelines

    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 8,000 words (text) and 1,000 words (notes). The entire paper must be double-spaced, with one-inch margins and 12-point font. Notes should be placed at the end of the text, also double-spaced, 12-point font. Text and notes should conform to The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition. All identifying information should be removed from the manuscript. Manuscripts that do not meet the submission standards will not be considered.

    Critical responses to essays published in Political Theory are welcome. 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:

    Lawrie Balfour
    Editor, Political Theory
    Professor of Politics
    University of Virginia
    P.O. Box 400787
    Charlottesville, VA 22904-4787

    Books to be reviewed should be sent to:

    Nancy Luxon
    Book Review Editor, Political Theory
    Department of Political Science
    University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
    267 19th Ave S/1414 SocSci Bldng
    Minneapolis, MN 55455

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