Political Science

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The academic study of political phenomena centers on political science (efforts empirically to document how politics occurs and to develop theories about its regular patterns), political theory (the study of ideas and the history of those ideas in political discourse) and international relations (the study of all aspects of global society including organizations and relations between states). Each of these three areas includes specialised research and publications. In political science many scholars focus on the US political system examining such issues and institutions as elections, presidential and congressional politics or law and civil rights; while others concentrate on comparative studies of more than one political system or understanding large processes such as democratization or political participation (voting and public opinion). Political theorists include scholars examining how best to understand ideas such as justice or equality or deliberation, and how the meaning of these concepts has evolved. IR scholars range from those interested in such events as war or peace, international economic relations or the role of organizations like the United Nations in shaping global society and the maintenance of human rights. There is both methodological and substantive overlap between the three branches expressed for instance in a shared interest in law and its effects, and in refining empirical tools such as survey research or experiments to improve the reliability of empirical findings.


Editor in Chief

Desmond King holds the Andrew W. Mellon Professorship in American Government at the University of Oxford, where he is a Fellow of Nuffield College. He has researched and published on race and American politics, comparative political economy and welfare policy, theories of the state, public policy making, immigration policy and the history of eugenics. His books include, with Rogers M Smith (Still A House Divided: Race and Politics in Obama’s America (2011), coedited with Lawrence Jacobs (The Unsustainable American State (2009), (Separate and Unequal: African Americans and the US Federal Government (2007), (The Liberty of Strangers (2005), (Making Americans: Immigration, Race and the Origins of the Diverse Democracy (2000) and (In the Name of Liberalism: Illiberal Social Policy in the USA and Britain (1999). He is a Fellow of the British Academy.

Editorial Board

Senior Editors
Andrea Campbell
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Simon Caney
Oxford University
Duncan Snidal
Oxford University

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Rawwida Baksh
University of the West Indies
The Oxford Handbook of Transnational Feminist Movements

Daniel Béland
University of Saskatchewan
The Oxford Handbook of U.S. Social Policy

Gerald Benjamin
SUNY New Paltz
The Oxford Handbook of New York State Government and Politics

Jeffrey M. Berry
Tufts University
The Oxford Handbook of American Political Parties and Interest Groups

Sarah A. Binder
George Washington University
The Oxford Handbook of Political Institutions

Lawrence D. Bobo
Harvard University
The Oxford Handbook of African American Citizenship, 1865-Present

Carles Boix
Princeton University
The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Politics

Mark Bovens
Utrecht School of Governance, Utrecht University
The Oxford Handbook of Public Accountability

Janet M. Box-Steffensmeier
Ohio State University
The Oxford Handbook of Political Methodology

Yves Boyer
Ecole polytechnique, Paris
The Oxford Handbook of War

Henry E. Brady
University of California, Berkeley
The Oxford Handbook of Political Methodology

Charles S. Bullock
University of Georgia
The Oxford Handbook of Southern Politics

Gregory A. Caldeira
Ohio State University
The Oxford Handbook of Law and Politics

Roderic Ai Camp
Claremont McKenna College
The Oxford Handbook of Mexican Politics

Francis G. Castles
University of Edinburgh
The Oxford Handbook of The Welfare State

Karen Celis
Vrije Universiteit Brussel
The Oxford Handbook of Gender and Politics

Susan E. Clarke
University of Colorado at Boulder
The Oxford Handbook of Urban Politics

David Collier
University of California, Berkeley
The Oxford Handbook of Political Methodology

Andrew F. Cooper
University of Waterloo
The Oxford Handbook of Modern Diplomacy

John C. Courtney
University of Saskatchewan
The Oxford Handbook of Canadian Politics

Randall Crane
UCLA
The Oxford Handbook of Urban Planning

Lisa Crooms-Robinson
Howard University
The Oxford Handbook of African American Citizenship, 1865-Present

Russell J. Dalton
University of California, Irvine
The Oxford Handbook of Political Behavior

Linda Darling-Hammond
Stanford University
The Oxford Handbook of African American Citizenship, 1865-Present

Martin Daunton
University of Cambridge
The Oxford Handbook of The World Trade Organization

Derek H. Davis
University of Mary Hardin-Baylor
The Oxford Handbook of Church and State in the United States

Sam Daws
University of Oxford
The Oxford Handbook of The United Nations

Michael C. Dawson
University of Chicago
The Oxford Handbook of African American Citizenship, 1865-Present

John S. Dryzek
Australian National University
The Oxford Handbook of Climate Change and Society
The Oxford Handbook of Political Theory

Robert F. Durant
American University
The Oxford Handbook of American Bureaucracy

George C. Edwards
Texas A&M University
The Oxford Handbook of American Public Opinion and the Media
The Oxford Handbook of The American Congress
The Oxford Handbook of The American Presidency
The Oxford Handbook of American Political Parties and Interest Groups

Michael Edwards
New York University
The Oxford Handbook of Civil Society

Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh
RSC, Oxford University
The Oxford Handbook of Refugee and Forced Migration Studies

Matthew Flinders
University of Sheffield
The Oxford Handbook of British Politics

Rosemary Foot
Oxford University
The Oxford Handbook of International Relations of Asia

Michael Freeden
Mansfield College, Oxford University
The Oxford Handbook of Political Ideologies

Andrew Gamble
Queens' College, University of Cambridge
The Oxford Handbook of British Politics

Henry Louis Gates
Harvard University
The Oxford Handbook of African American Citizenship, 1865-Present

Robert E. Goodin
Australian National University
The Oxford Handbook of Public Policy
The Oxford Handbook of Contextual Political Analysis
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Donald P. Haider-Markel
University of Kansas
The Oxford Handbook of State and Local Government

Wendy Harcourt
University of Erasmus
The Oxford Handbook of Transnational Feminist Movements

Colin Hay
University of Sheffield
The Oxford Handbook of British Politics

Jorge Heine
Balsillie School of International Affairs
The Oxford Handbook of Modern Diplomacy

Frank Hendriks
Tilburg University
The Oxford Handbook of Local and Regional Democracy in Europe

Ronald J. Herring
Cornell University
The Oxford Handbook of Food, Politics, and Society

Bonnie Honig
Northwestern University
The Oxford Handbook of Political Theory

Christopher Howard
The College of William and Mary
The Oxford Handbook of U.S. Social Policy

William G. Howell
University of Chicago
The Oxford Handbook of The American Presidency

Leonie Huddy
Stony Brook University
The Oxford Handbook of Political Psychology (2 ed.)

Lawrence R. Jacobs
University of Minnesota
The Oxford Handbook of American Public Opinion and the Media

Gerald Jaynes
Yale University
The Oxford Handbook of African American Citizenship, 1865-Present

Peter John
University College London
The Oxford Handbook of Urban Politics

Loch K. Johnson
University of Georgia
The Oxford Handbook of National Security Intelligence

Erik Jones
SAIS Bologna Center of the Johns Hopkins University
The Oxford Handbook of The European Union

Sheldon Kamieniecki
UC Santa Cruz
The Oxford Handbook of U.S. Environmental Policy

Johanna Kantola
University of Helsinki
The Oxford Handbook of Gender and Politics

R. Daniel Kelemen
Rutgers University
The Oxford Handbook of Law and Politics

Michael Kenny
Queen Mary, University of London
The Oxford Handbook of British Politics

Hans‐Dieter Klingemann
Social Science Research Centre
The Oxford Handbook of Political Behavior

Michael E. Kraft
University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
The Oxford Handbook of U.S. Environmental Policy

Frances E. Lee
University of Maryland-College Park
The Oxford Handbook of The American Congress

Stephan Leibfried
University of Bremen
The Oxford Handbook of The Welfare State

Jan E. Leighley
University of Arizona
The Oxford Handbook of American Elections and Political Behavior

David Levi-Faur
Hebrew University of Jerusalem
The Oxford Handbook of Governance

Jack S. Levy
Rutgers University
The Oxford Handbook of Political Psychology (2 ed.)

Jane Lewis
London School of Economics
The Oxford Handbook of The Welfare State

Anders Lidström
University of Umea
The Oxford Handbook of Local and Regional Democracy in Europe

Julian Lindley-French
Netherlands Defence Academy
The Oxford Handbook of War

Gil Loescher
RSC, Oxford University
The Oxford Handbook of Refugee and Forced Migration Studies

Katy Long
London School of Economics
The Oxford Handbook of Refugee and Forced Migration Studies

John Loughlin
St. Edmund's College, Cambridge University
The Oxford Handbook of Local and Regional Democracy in Europe

L. Sandy Maisel
Colby College
The Oxford Handbook of American Political Parties and Interest Groups

Shane Martin
Dublin City University
The Oxford Handbook of Legislative Studies

Lisa L. Martin
University of Wisconsin-Madison
The Oxford Handbook of the Political Economy of International Trade

Anand Menon
Kings College London
The Oxford Handbook of The European Union

Michael Moran
University of Manchester
The Oxford Handbook of Public Policy

Kimberly J. Morgan
George Washington University
The Oxford Handbook of U.S. Social Policy

Karen Mossberger
University of Illinois at Chicago
The Oxford Handbook of Urban Politics

Amrita Narlikar
University of Cambridge
The Oxford Handbook of The World Trade Organization

Richard B. Norgaard
University of California, Berkeley
The Oxford Handbook of Climate Change and Society

Herbert Obinger
University of Bremen
The Oxford Handbook of The Welfare State

Saadia Pekkanen
University of Washington
The Oxford Handbook of International Relations of Asia

Anne Phillips
London School of Economics
The Oxford Handbook of Political Theory

Christopher Pierson
University of Nottingham
The Oxford Handbook of The Welfare State

John Ravenhill
Australian National University
The Oxford Handbook of International Relations of Asia

Martin Rein
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
The Oxford Handbook of Public Policy

Christian Reus-Smit
University of Queensland
The Oxford Handbook of International Relations

R. A. W. Rhodes
University of Southampton
The Oxford Handbook of Political Institutions
The Oxford Handbook of Political Leadership

Bert A. Rockman
Purdue University
The Oxford Handbook of Political Institutions

Marc R. Rosenblum
University of New Orleans
The Oxford Handbook of The Politics of International Migration

Mark J. Rozell
George Mason Universitry
The Oxford Handbook of Southern Politics

Thomas Saalfeld
Otto- Friedrich-Universität Bamberg
The Oxford Handbook of Legislative Studies

Eric Schickler
University of California-Berkeley
The Oxford Handbook of The American Congress

Thomas Schillemans
Utrecht University
The Oxford Handbook of Public Accountability

David Schlosberg
The University of Sydney
The Oxford Handbook of Climate Change and Society

David O. Sears
UCLA
The Oxford Handbook of Political Psychology (2 ed.)

Robert Y. Shapiro
Columbia University
The Oxford Handbook of American Public Opinion and the Media

Nando Sigona
Oxford University
The Oxford Handbook of Refugee and Forced Migration Studies

David E. Smith
University of Regina
The Oxford Handbook of Canadian Politics

Duncan Snidal
University of Chicago
The Oxford Handbook of International Relations

Marc Stears
University College, University of Oxford
The Oxford Handbook of Political Ideologies

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Stanford University School of Education
The Oxford Handbook of African American Citizenship, 1865-Present

Robert M. Stern
UC-Berkeley; Professor Emeritus at the University of Michigan
The Oxford Handbook of The World Trade Organization

Susan C. Stokes
Yale University
The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Politics

Kaare W. Strøm
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The Oxford Handbook of Legislative Studies

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The Oxford Handbook of Political Leadership

Ramesh Thakur
Australian National University
The Oxford Handbook of Modern Diplomacy

Daniel J. Tichenor
University of Oregon
The Oxford Handbook of The Politics of International Migration

Charles Tilly
Columbia University
The Oxford Handbook of Contextual Political Analysis

Georgina Waylen
University of Sheffield
The Oxford Handbook of Gender and Politics

Stephen Weatherill
University of Oxford
The Oxford Handbook of The European Union

Rachel Weber
University of Illinois at Chicago
The Oxford Handbook of Urban Planning

Barry R. Weingast
Stanford University
The Oxford Handbook of Political Economy

Thomas G. Weiss
The CUNY Graduate Center, Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies
The Oxford Handbook of The United Nations

S. Laurel Weldon
Purdue University
The Oxford Handbook of Gender and Politics

Keith E. Whittington
Princeton University
The Oxford Handbook of Law and Politics

Donald A. Wittman
University of California, Santa Cruz
The Oxford Handbook of Political Economy
 

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