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 the world’s premier journal for research into British politics.


BJPIR is a fully refereed journal of the Political Studies Association of the UK, based at the University of Leeds. 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.


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Special issues

Each year, a call for proposals for special issues is issued by the BJPIR editorial team. To be published in the following calendar year, proposals should be submitted by 1st March of the current calendar year. 

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Best Article Prize

Each year BJPIR showcases and rewards the best article published by the Journal. The winning article is chosen by our 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 BJPIR reception/event at the PSA’s annual conference

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

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