Call for Papers Special Issue to mark BJPIR’s 25th anniversary 

For twenty-five years, the British Journal of Politics and International Relations has served as a flagship outlet for the publication of research on British Politics, Political Studies, and International Relations. As a journal of the UK’s Political Studies Association, BJPIR has published cutting-edge work that advances the field, from across the full range of subdisciplines, since 1999.  

To mark the journal’s anniversary, we invite submissions that reflect on the last twenty-five years of research in BJPIR, with a focus on the next twenty-five. We encourage submissions that build on extant work in BJPIR to consider 2024 as a potential inflection point.  

Facing myriad and interwoven crises, British and world politics exist at a pivotal juncture. The UK faces an acute cost of living crisis in the complex aftermaths of Brexit, the Covid-19 pandemic, and austerity. 2024 will witness a range of potentially transformative elections, likely including in the UK, but also in Europe and the United States. Globally, our disciplines are charged with considering how to respond to impending climate catastrophe, great power politics, populism, inequality, terrorism, and violent conflict. Alongside health and environmental crises, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, war in Israel and Palestine, and new challenges in the Red Sea all speak to the ‘fierce urgency of now’. Our vision, as editors, has been to focus scholarly attention on the politics of such global challenges.  

Submissions for the special issue can vary from the journal’s usual requirements. We will consider articles from 2000 to 5000 words in length (excluding references). Articles may be reflections, polemics, updates of vital previous work in BJPIR, or short-form research articles. Submissions may address the politics of global challenges and/or disciplinary developments. We afford this scope to ensure that a range of voices are heard. To this end, we encourage submissions from former editors and authors, as well as those yet to publish in BJPIR.  

Articles should be submitted in the usual way (please see, selecting ‘Special Issue’ as submission type when prompted.  


The deadline for submissions is 15 April.