Claudio Radaelli completes term as EJPR editor 29/07/2015

After six years of office on the ECPR’s flagship journal, the European Journal of Political Research (EJPR), Claudio Radaelli will stand down this month. Professor Radaelli joined the EJPR in August 2009, seeing the journal through its 40th anniversary, advising on the development of the Political Data Yearbook into its online form, and growing the excellent reputation of the journal, which culminated in an impressive Impact Factor in 2014 and corresponding placing of no 8 in the rankings. The ECPR wishes to both acknowledge and thank Professor Radaelli for his excellent work. Professor Radaelli will be succeeded by Cas Mudde.

Sean Mueller explains centralisation and decentralisation across the 26 Swiss cantons using sociocultural, political-ideological, and macro-structural approaches. When decentralisation is first predicted using linear regression models, three significant variables emerge: political culture, area, and the strength of leftwing parties. Then, using process tracing, Mueller studies four cantons over time, to move from identifying correlation to establishing causation. Finally, the author draws causal inferences for (de)centralisation, urging future federal and territorial politics studies to reconceptualise decentralisation into three distinct but related dimensions and to bridge the theoretical gap between socio-cultural, structural and party-political approaches. 

'A groundbreaking demonstration of how readily available, reliable data can be used to enrich understandings of the subnational dynamics of governance.'
AJ Brown, Griffith University

Jacqui Briggs completes term as EPS editor 27/07/2015

After six years on the European Political Science (EPS) editorial team Jacqui Briggs completed will complete her term of office this month. Dr Briggs joined EPS in August 2009 with special responsibility for the Teaching and Leaning section of the journal and has been instrumental in the continued development and growth EPS has seen in content, readership and profile. As a journal of the profession the aim of EPS is unique, yet it has consistently achieved excellent Impact Factors over the past three years. Dr Briggs will be succeeded by Alasdair Blair.

Ken Carty completes term as Comparative Politics editor 24/07/2015

Ken Carty is due to complete his term of office on the ECPR’s Comparative Politics series this month. Professor Carty joined the editorial team in August 2009 and has been instrumental in the reinvigoration of the ECPR’s flagship book series. The Comparative Politics series regularly publishes cutting edge work from leaders of the profession and it plays a key role both in the ECPR’s publishing strategy, but also in driving the discipline forward. The ECPR wishes to both acknowledge and thank Professor Carty for his excellent work. Professor Carty will be succeeded by Susan Scarrow.