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Deadline Extended: Call for Proposals for Section Journal Editor(s)

Politics and Religion Journal
Call for Proposals for New Editor(s)
(Extended Deadline – July 9)

The Religion and Politics section of the American Political Science Association invites applications from individuals, pairs, or teams for the editorship of Politics and Religion (P&R) from January 1, 2022, through December 31, 2026. The section particularly encourages applications by pairs or teams of editors where each editor represents a different country and a variety of substantive expertise.

Interested applicants for editor should be senior scholars and members in good standing of the Religion and Politics section. Applicants are expected to have records of significant research accomplishment in the subfield of Religion and Politics, intellectual breadth and depth, an entrepreneurial approach to attracting and soliciting quality manuscripts, authors, and reviewers, and excellent administrative, organizational, and interpersonal skills.

Information for Candidates

Politics and Religion is the flagship journal for the subfield of Religion and Politics, published by Cambridge University Press. On average, P&R receives 150 submissions per year and continues to grow. As a result, serving as editor requires substantial commitments of time, intellectual effort, and management skill. It also offers an opportunity to shape the intellectual direction of the journal and the field.

The P&R editor reports to the Executive Committee of the Religion and Politics Section of APSA and to the Publishing Editor at Cambridge University Press. The editor will appoint book review editors and journal editorial board members in consultation with the section’s executive committee. The editor is required to provide at least one written report per year on the state of the journal, in addition to frequent informal consultation with the section and CUP. Cambridge University Press provides a stipend to the editor each year to defray some of the administration costs of the journal.

To Apply

Candidates should e-mail a single PDF that includes a full curriculum vita, a letter of intent or proposal that discusses vision and goals for the journal, particularly addressing the challenge of balancing international politics, American politics, comparative politics, and political philosophy in an outlet for Religion and Politics research; experiences directly relevant to the position of editor; plans for management, and organization of the journal’s workflow; and statements of financial support commitments from the host university(ies).

Applications should be sent to Nukhet A. Sandal (, APSA Religion and Politics Section Chair, and must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. EST on Friday, July 9, 2021. All applicants will receive e-mail confirmation.

If you have questions about the editorial responsibilities and the journal’s workflow, please contact the current Editor-in-Chief, Elizabeth Oldmixon (

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Calling for Proposals for New Editor(s) of Section Journal

Section Journal Article: Introduction: Political Secularism and …

“Introduction: Political Secularism and Religious Difference in Western Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa”

Jeffrey Haynes and Erin Wilson


The introductory paper of this symposium compares the impact of “political secular” governing regimes in the countries of both the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and Western Europe. The overall objective is to assess the impact of political secularism in both regions, as a key component of inter-religious and cultural discord and contention with significant political ramifications. The concept of “political secularism,” a contentious term, often lacking in analytical clarity, is briefly assessed. That is, what does “political secularism” mean and what does it look like both within and across Europe and the MENA? Opinions differ from scholar to scholar. As there is no consensus regarding the meaning of the term “political secular,” a core contribution of this introduction is to examine what the term means analytically in the contexts of the MENA and Western Europe.


PandR Journal – Is Islam Compatible with Free-Market Capitalism? An Empirical Analysis, 1970–2010

Indra de Soysa
Published online: 19 December 2018


Are majority-Muslim countries laggards when it comes to developing liberal economic institutions? Using an Index of Economic Freedom and its component parts, this study finds that Muslim-dominant countries (>50% of the population) are positively associated with free-market capitalism. Protestant dominance is also positively correlated, but the association stems from just two components of the index, mainly “legal security and property rights protection.” Surprisingly, Protestant countries correlate negatively with “small government” and “freedom to trade,” two critical components of free-market capitalism. Muslim dominance shows positive correlations with all areas except for “legal security and property rights.” The results are consistent when assessing similar variables measuring property rights and government ownership of the economy collected by the Varieties of Democracy Project. Capitalistic policies and institutions, it seems, may travel across religions more easily than culturalists claim.