European Political Science

European Political Science

title = European Political Science
discipline = Political Science, political theory, political economy, comparative politics, international relations
language = English
abbreviation = EPS
publisher = Palgrave (Macmillan) in association with the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR)
country = UK
history = Started publication with the ECPR in 2001; from 2005 moved to Palgrave (Macmillan)
website =
ISSN = 1680-4333

"European Political Science (EPS)" is the international professional journal of the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR). Europe's largest political science organisation, and has been published quarterly by Palgrave (Macmillan) since 2005.

It is devoted to publishing contributions by and for the political science community particularly those working in Europe. Its interpretation of 'political science' is wide and encompasses comparative politics, political economy, international relations, public administration, political theory, European studies and related disciplines. It publishes pieces on how the discipline is, can be and ought to be. Many but not all of its articles are peer-reviewed. The journal is available to institutional members of the ECPR, and is also sold by subscription.

Three out of the four issues each year concern professional matters of interest to political scientists in Europe. These issues are edited by Martin Bull (Academic Director of the ECPR) and James Newell, both at the University of Salford (UK). Articles address research matters (including debates on the discipline, research projects, political science information sources); professional matters (such as career structures and prospects, external evaluation, higher education reforms, accreditation issues); doctoral training provision and teaching; and relations between academia and politicians, policy-makers, journalists and the general public. EPS also includes more substantive pieces giving a political science perspective on current events. The journal also carries shorter notes, symposia, progress reports on lively areas of research and profiles of people in the profession. It also has a news section, "ECPR News", containing a round-up of all news and information from the ECPR. This section is available online free of charge.

The fourth issue, known as "EPS Reviews" is devoted entirely to reviews of recent books, and is edited by Peter Kennealy of the European University Institute, Florence (Italy). "EPS Reviews" began when EPS moved to Palgrave in 2005 and is co-sponsored by the European University Institute. Since then it has published reviews by leading European and international political scientists and theorists such as Jean Blondel, Rachel A Epstein, Michelle Everson, Michael Freeden, Michael Keating, Peter Lassman, Peter Mair, Glyn Morgan, Gianfranco Pasquino, and Philippe C Schmitter. Other reviewers have included John Bruton, former Prime Minister of Ireland and EU Ambassador to the United States; and senior EU official such as Albrecht Rothacher and Martin Westlake.


"EPS" is abstracted in Worldwide Political Science Abstracts, European Sources Online and the International Bibliography of the Social Sciences. It is also indexed in the ISI's Web of Science from Vol 7 (2008) onwards.


"EPS" emerged out of the old ECPR News starting in 2001 as an in-house publication freely distributed to members by the ECPR before moving to Palgrave (Macmillan) in 2005. The full text of these early issues (Vols 1-3) is available online free.

External links

* [ European Political Science (EPS) Home-page] at the publishers (Palgrave), includes free access to the full text of ECPR News
* [ European Political Science (EPS)] Home-page at the ECPR, includes free access to the full text of Vols 1-3, 2001- 2004

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