We wanted to let you know that we will be taking a short break this month. We will answer all emails and process new submissions in mid-September 2022.
PSR is a forum for publishing results from symposia. These can be early versions of what may become more extensive articles, exploring and fleshing out new ideas and directions for study.
Papers in the Symposia and New Ideas section are limited to 3000 words inclusive of all notes and references.
- More about article types
The whole issue 3/2022 can be found here.
- Sexual Predators in Contest for Public Office: How the American Electorate Responds to News of Allegations of Candidates Committing Sexual Assault and Harassment
Stephanie Stark and Sofía Collignon
- Radicalizing Rights: Basic Liberties and Direct Action
Paul Raekstad and Enzo Rossi
- Formal Education and Contentious Politics: The Case of Violent and Non-Violent Protest
Patrick S Sawyer and Andrey V Korotayev
- When Would a State Crack Down on Fake News? Explaining Variation in the Governance of Fake News in Asia-Pacific
- The Evolution of New Party Systems: Voter Learning and Electoral Systems
- In The Shadows: Conservative Epistemology and Ideological Value
- What Conservatives Value: Reply to Blackburn
- Response to ‘What Conservatives Value’
- Foreign Direct Investment Liberalization in Communist Regimes: A Theoretical Model Based on the Comparison Among China, Cuba, North Korea, and Vietnam
Alexander Kriebitz and Raphael Max
- Labour Input Logic of Street-Level Bureaucrats: Evidence from Chinese Market Supervision Commission
Chunna Li and Jun Yang
STATE OF ART
- The Electoral Crisis of Social Democracy: Postindustrial Dilemmas or Neoliberal Contamination?
- Tactical Voting and Electoral Pacts in the 2019 UK General Election
- Give Me Your Least Educated: Immigration, Education and Support for Populist Radical Right Parties in Europe
Guillermo Cordero, Piotr Zagórski and José Rama
THE NULL HYPOTHESIS
- Solar Panels and Political Attitudes
We wanted to let you know that we will be taking a short holiday break this month. We will answer all emails and process new submissions in mid-July 2022.
“There is a certain inconsistency between theoretical expectations about the behaviour of political parties under democracy, and recent developments concerning the rise of protest politics, the appeal of populist parties and the overall crisis of liberal democratic institutions” – says dr Alejandro M. Peña.
The author points to current resources reducing the organisational trade-offs previously assumed to restrict the combination of electoral appeal with partisan militancy. The podcast is based on dr Peña’s PSR article: Activist Parties and Hybrid Party Behaviours: A Typological Reassessment of Partisan Mobilisation.
Article: Peña A. M. (2021), Activist Parties and Hybrid Party Behaviours: A Typological Reassessment of Partisan Mobilisation, Political Studies Review 4/2021
We are happy to announce that this year Political Studies Review, a journal edited and managed by a team based at Brunel University London, has increased its impact factor again. PSR is now ranked 42/187 in the Political Science category for 2021 (47 for 2020), and our impact factor increased to 3.248.
Last year PSR tripled its impact factor from 1.053 to 3.241 and was ranked 47/182 in the Political Science category. We are happy to and we continue to rise up the rankings.
It’s a great success as well as an excellent validation of the team’s commitment and an innovative approach to research dissemination.
Political Studies Review provides a unique intellectual space for rigorous high-quality peer-reviewed original research across political science and the study of politics in related fields that aims at stimulating wide-ranging debate and cutting-edge discussion of current disputes and issues in the discipline within the UK and internationally.
The journal also operates an innovative approach to research communications. As they state: “In the era of fake news, spreading reliable information and popularizing science is a great responsibility and challenge. The editorial team of Political Studies Review is committed to presenting and visualizing research data to boost dissemination. We want to introduce research findings and articles published in PSR to a wider audience.
We have recently updated our podcasting guidelines. You can find it here: PSR podcasting guidelines – Political Studies Review: our blog (brunel.ac.uk), as well as in the summary below.
In the era of widespread and often unverified information, science can start to be considered as just another voice in the room. Given that our mission is to provide high-quality scientific analysis for a wider audience in an easy to understand manner, podcasts can be an invaluable way of getting the key findings from your article across to the broader public.
A great example of how engaging and professional talks raised a topic’s or person’s profile is professor Brene Brown’s TED talk has been viewed over 41 million times and made her a global superstar. Or writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s book “We Should All Be Feminists” has become a worldwide bestseller after her talk.1
Our idea is much more humble. We aim to start a series of short podcasts with a duration of up to 140s (however, due to technical reasons your recording should be no longer than 135 sec). The key point is to explain the major idea of the PSR publication by its author. You can create a podcast that is a short digital audio recording of your talk, or a video podcast.
You can also include any interesting visual content connected with your article (video, pictures, graphs, charts, etc).
Once you decide to participate, here’s what we recommend:
#1 TRY TO INSPIRE
Get your audience interested. Show them the topic in the wider context and why it’s important in the first couple of sentences. Try to connect major points of your podcast with key political or social challenges. Don’t make your talk too abstract. Show the importance of your research and why are you so passionate about it. Be aware that some of your viewers/ listeners may need some description to help them understand why the topic matters.
#2 BE PRECISE
Try and keep your podcast brief – no more than 135 seconds or even shorter. Ensure that your talk gets straight to the point, keep things simple and tie every element in your presentation to the theme. Remember about a clear structure.
#3 AVOID USING UNNECESSARILY COMPLICATED LANGUAGE
You are probably going to communicate with people who don’t know the topic on which you are an expert. Avoid academic jargon and if it’s necessary to do so, try to explain complex terms. Using words no one understands will confuse listeners. The real challenge is to talk about complex concepts in an easy to understand way, not the other way round.
#4 SOUND LIKE YOU
What you want to say needs to be you. Although you might choose to prepare a written script, do use words you would normally use, in regular conversations.
#5 FINISH STRONGLY
“People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou Leave your listeners with a sparkling thought – something to be remembered by.
CHECK YOUR SCRIPT ONCE AGAIN CONSIDERING tHE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS
• Have you decided on words that express your meaning correctly?
• Could you be less abstract?
• Have you got things in the best order?
• Is your argument coherent?
• Are your facts right?
• Is the tone of voice right?
A FEW TECHNICAL TIPS
- Choose a comfortable place.
- Minimize distractions: choose a quiet place, and – in the case of a video recording – a calm background with good light).
- When you start recording wait about 3s before you start speaking.
- Similarly, when you finish speaking wait before switching off the camera.
- Send us your script – it will help us to prepare subtitles.
- If you prefer to speak in your native language – do so.
- Just prepare a precise translation to be transformed into subtitles.
- You can also attach any interesting visual content you want to use to explain your point (videos, pictures, graphs, charts, etc) – we’ll use it in your podcast.
Sources and inspirations:
(1) M. Aarons-Mele The Myth Of The TED Talk, “Forbes”, 12.01.2018
(2) K. Roman, “Writing that works”
“Democratic innovations such as citizens’ assemblies are commonly conceptualized from a deliberative democratic perspective. Here, citizens come together to deliberate political issues and jointly develop solutions. While this perspective is important, the wide range of democratic theories has much more to offer” – says dr Hans Asenbahm.
He argues that looking through just one perspective, as social scientists usually do, limits what they can see. The podcast is based on dr Asenbaum’s PSR article: Rethinking Democratic Innovations: A Look through the Kaleidoscope of Democratic Theory – Hans Asenbaum, 2021 (sagepub.com)
Article: Asenbaum H. (2021), Rethinking Democratic Innovations: A Look through the Kaleidoscope of Democratic Theory – Hans Asenbaum, 2021 (sagepub.com), Political Studies Review 2022
The whole issue 2/2022 can be found here.
Experiments with Politicians: Ethics, Power, and the Boundaries of Political Science
- Introduction to Symposium: Experiments with Politicians: Ethics, Power, and the Boundaries of Political Science
Peter John and Florian Foos
- Measuring MPs’ Responsiveness: How to Do It and Stay Out of Trouble
Rosie Campbell and Diane Bolet
- Ethics Audits in Cross-National Research: Experiences from Correspondence Study Field Experiments with National Politicians in Four European Democracies
Helene Helboe Pedersen, Tom Louwerse and Thomas Zittel
- Advantages, Challenges and Limitations of Audit Experiments with Constituents
Daniel Bischof, Gidon Cohen, Sarah Cohen, Florian Foos, Patrick Michael Kuhn, Kyriaki Nanou, Neil Visalvanich and Nick Vivyan
- Proposing a Compensation Requirement for Audit Studies
Daniel M Butler and Scott Desposato
- Auditing Ethics: A Cost-Benefit Framework for Audit Studies
Charles Crabtree and Kostanca Dhima
- Public Impacts from Elite Audit Experiments: Aggregate and Response Delay Harms
- The Myth of Academics’ Non-interference in Legislatures
- How to Get Information Out of Members of Parliament (Without Being Told Off by the Speaker)
- Value-added and Transparent Experiments
Peter John Loewen and Daniel Rubenson
- Policymaking, Ideational Power and the Role of the Media
Declan Curran, Robert Gillanders and Mounir Mahmalat
- Delegative Federalism? Subnational Abdication and Executive Fiscal Centralisation in Argentina
Jorge P. Gordin
STATE OF ART – REVIEW ARTICLE
- Negativity and Political Behavior: A Theoretical Framework for the Analysis of Negative Voting in Contemporary Democracies
Diego Garzia and Frederico Ferreira da Silva
- Rethinking Moving beyond Deterrence: A Partial Replication Study
Eitan Alimi and Gregory Maney (1967-2017)
- Gender Gaps in Electoral Turnout: Surveys versus Administrative Censuses
Paulo Cox and Mauricio Morales Quiroga
THE NULL HYPOTHESIS
We are happy to announce, that the PSR Best Paper Award for 2021 goes to Prof. Jacob S. Lewis (Corruption Perceptions and Contentious Politics in Africa: How Different Types of Corruption Have Shaped Africa’s Third Wave of Protest).
This excellent article asks the following question: Does corruption increase general and anti-government protests? As the author claims scholarship has produced seemingly incompatible results, with some research demonstrating a strong connection between corruption and the onset of contentious politics and other research finding that heightened perceptions of corruption decrease activism.
The article addresses this puzzle by examining how different types of corruption condition diverging contentious outcomes. Focusing on two highly salient forms of corruption in the African context—elite corruption and police corruption—this article argues that the different consequences, salience, and costs associated with these two forms help to condition whether citizens rise up or stay home.
This argument is tested via two methods. First, it draws from a survey experiment conducted in five Nigerian states in 2017. The survey experiment tests whether exposure to different types of corruption affects willingness to join in protests. Second, it draws from statistical analysis of geo-located perceptions of corruption and protest across Africa, incorporating checks for both collinearity and endogeneity into the model. The statistical analysis examines whether heightened perceptions of corruption correlate with increased counts of general and anti-government protests. The results from both methods demonstrate that elite corruption is positively correlated with protest, whereas police corruption is not.