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Political Participation is an important field of study within Political Science not least because it is the foundation of democracy. With the citizen at its core, the section publishes high quality scholarly research on the causes and consequences of different forms of political engagement: voting, referenda, protests and social movements, political party membership, donations and campaign work, online petitions and social media and political consumerism to name but a few.
Political Participation covers a broad and diverse field of research and welcomes submissions that focus on the following topics:
In addition to empirical research, the specialty section welcomes submissions that feature normative debates on citizens' political engagement.
In modern representative democracies, participation is inevitably linked to political representation, and the lack thereof. In pursuit of political representation, citizens engage in institutionalized (voting) and non-institutionalized (protest, social movements) forms of political participation. Indeed, deficits in political representation matter for the degrees and forms of citizens’ political engagement across countries. We thus welcome studies of citizens’ political engagement in different countries and world regions.
The section promotes interdisciplinarity, pluralism and innovation in both theoretical and methodological terms. It aims at advancing academic exchange across the sub-fields of political theory, political behavior, political sociology, comparative political institutions, political methodology, social and political psychology. Political participation also relates to the historical and legal dimensions of citizenship and political rights, and speaks to gender, ethnic and race studies. Questions of political participation concern scholarship beyond the social sciences, since citizens' engagement in politics is affected by factors studied by other disciplines (e.g. disability, health and aging; genetics; geography).
In addition to Original Research Articles, the Section also welcomes a range or article types inclusive of Brief Research Report, Methods, Mini Review, Systematic Reviews.
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Political Participation welcomes submissions of the following article types: Book Review, Brief Research Report, Conceptual Analysis, Correction, Data Report, Editorial, General Commentary, Hypothesis and Theory, Methods, Mini Review, Opinion, Original Research, Perspective, Policy and Practice Reviews, Policy Brief, Review, Specialty Grand Challenge, Study Protocol, Systematic Review and Technology and Code.
All manuscripts must be submitted directly to the section Political Participation, where they are peer-reviewed by the Associate and Review Editors of the specialty section.
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