The British Journal of Politics and International Relations is an international journal that publishes innovative, cutting edge contemporary scholarship on international relations, comparative politics, public policy, political theory and (especially) politics and policy in the United Kingdom.  It is world’s premier journal for research into British politics.

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BJPIR is a fully refereed journal of the Political Studies Association of the UK. It has always sought to reflect and drive the major currents of debate in political science and international relations, both in the UK and internationally. The journal seeks to reflect and respond to the changing real world of politics, by publishing articles that are of contemporary relevance to both the study and practice of politics.

Since its inception in 1999, in response to the growing internationalization of the political studies community in the UK and beyond, the transnationalization of the political science profession and the globalization of politics, the journal has welcomed empirically rigorous and theoretically innovative articles on themes and issues that are of such global and scholarly significance that they matter for all states and countries irrespective of geographical location.

Email address for journal:

·         Managing Editor:  John Peterson, University of Edinburgh  

·         Deputy Editor:  Alan Convery, University of Edinburgh

·         Consultant Editors:  Elizabeth Cripps, Iain Hardie, Ailsa Henderson, Charlie Jeffery, Julie Kaarbo, Fiona Mackay, James Mitchell (all University of Edinburgh)

Our International Editorial Board provides broad support and advice on matters related to refereeing and general direction while ensuring the journal's international profile.

Editorial Board

Dr John Bartle, University of Essex

Professor Alexander Bellamy, Griffith University

Professor Richard Bellamy, University College London

Professor Purusottam Bhattacharya, Jadavpur University

Professor Christopher Brown, London School of Economics and Political Science

Professor Simon Caney. University of Oxford

Professor Stuart Croft, University of Warwick

Professor James Der Derian, Brown University

Professor Dipak Gupta, San Diego State University

Professor Peter A. Hall, Harvard University

Professor David Judge, University of Strathclyde

Professor Caroline Kennedy-Pipe, University of Hull

Dr Patrick Le Galès, Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris

Professor Elizabeth McLeay, Victoria University of Wellington

Professor David Mutimer, York University

Professor Vicky Randall, University of Essex

Professor George Shambaugh, Georgetown University

Professor John Simpson, University of Southampton

Professor Michael Smith, Loughborough University

Professor Steve Smith, University of Exeter

Professor Gerry Stoker, University of Southampton

Professor Donley T. Studlar, West Virginia University

Professor Roland Sturm, Friedrich-Alexander Universität

Professor Andrew Vincent, University of Sheffield

Professor Helen Wallace, London School of Economics and Political Science


Best Article Prize

Each year BJPIR showcases and rewards the best article published by the Journal. The winning article is chosen by our (extended) Edinburgh Editorial Team and is directly accessible through SAGE’s website. The author(s) receives a £250 cash prize and the result is unveiled at a major conference, such as APSA or ISA, at a BJPIR reception/event.

Click here to read about past winners of the best BJPIR prize article.

Group contact

John Peterson
University of Edinburgh
3.29 Chrystal Macmillan Building, 15a George Square
United Kingdom