New Political Science: A Journal of Politics and Culture (NPS)
New Political Science: A Journal of Politics and Culture (NPS) is the official journal of the Caucus for a New Political Science (CNPS), an independent non-profit organization, and serves as an organ for its goals and interests. It focuses on developing analyses which reflect a commitment to progressive social change as well as those which are within exploratory phases of development in political science. The journal adopts the broadest possible definition of “politics,” and holds that political and cultural development cannot be understood in isolation from each other. All research articles in this journal have undergone rigorous double-blind peer review, based on initial editor screening and anonymized refereeing. To access the most recent edition of this journal, click here.
Judith Grant, Ohio University
Claire Snyder-Hall, Independent Scholar
Andy Scerri, Virginia Tech
Edwin Daniel Jacob, Arizona State University
Statement from the Caucus for a New Political Science
For 50+ years, the Caucus for a New Political Science has sustained its commitment “to make the study of politics relevant to the struggle for a better world.” Today, as America and the world once again confront the tragic reality of systemic racism and injustice, we strongly endorse the following statement from the American Political Science Association.
BLACK LIVES MATTER AND NEW POLITICAL SCIENCE
New Political Science: A Journal of Politics and Culture stands with communities around the globe united around the simple yet powerful words: Black Lives Matter. The recent demonstrations in response to the video-recorded murder of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer, represent a growing movement not only to respond to the unequal treatment of black and brown people, but also to address the underlying structures from which injustice and inequity emerge. George Floyd joins a long list of names, spoken and unspoken, indicting political structures that support and facilitate structural racism, violence, and structural inequality against black and brown people. The editorial team at New Political Science believes that we must not be passive observers or describers of injustice; instead we are charged with leveraging scholarship to help meet the demand for sweeping social change.
New Political Science has consistently published and supported progressive scholarship with the express purpose of making “the study of politics relevant to the struggle for a better world.” The journal is owned by the Caucus for a New Political Science (CNPS). Founded in 1967 at a moment of political unrest at home and abroad, from its inception, the CNPS served as an original space for making political science political from an explicitly Left, progressive perspective. While we stand in support of the journals and sections of the American Political Science Association that also support these goals, CNPS reaffirms its historical commitment to an activist progressive perspective.
New Political Science remains an intellectually rigorous form for progressive scholarship that contributes to a theoretically and practically informed analysis of politics around the world. In doing so, the journal stands against racism, police brutality, structural racism, and inequality. It also recognizes the intersectional linkages of class, race, sexual orientation, and ability. Today we share a selection of some of our articles most relevant to the political moment that demonstrate how “the study of politics is itself a political act” (Barrow, 2008, p. 503). Many more can be found within the pages of the journal.
We stand for an antiracist future. We also ask that scholars engage with us on these topics to demand the world we want to see. Another world is possible, and we stand with and support scholars who not only interpret the world but also envision ways to change it.