Aim & Scope:
Published since 1974, Politikon: South African Journal of Political Studies
is the official journal of the South African Association of Political Studies. The journal has no connection to Politikon: IAPSS Journal of Political Science
, founded by the International Association for Political Science Students in 2001.
focuses primarily on South African politics and international relations, but not exclusively so. The journal is committed to publishing quality scholarship on Southern African politics, African politics and global political issues, both from a political economy and socio-political perspective. We particularly welcome submissions on topical socio-political and political economy issues in Global South.
Over the years the journal has published articles by some of the world’s leading political scientists, including Arend Lijphart, Samuel Huntington, and Philippe Schmitter. It has also featured important contributions from South Africa’s leading political philosophers, political scientists and international relations experts. It has proved an influential journal, particularly in debates over the merits of South Africa’s constitutional reforms (in 1983 and 1994), as well as South Africa’s negotiated settlement (1990–94). In the last few years special issues have focused on women and politics in South Africa, the state of the discipline in South Africa, and the status of the South African democracy. Recent articles have looked at the negotiated transition from apartheid to democracy, aspects of identity politics in post-apartheid South Africa and issues of democratic consolidation and quality of democracy.
The journal welcomes research articles, review papers, debates and book reviews focusing on, but not limited to, South African politics and international relations. Politikon is committed to the development of and advancing quality scholarship within the field of South African politics and international relations in particularly, and more broadly, Southern Africa, Africa, and the Global South.
Peer Review Statement All research articles, review papers and debate pieces in this journal have undergone rigorous peer review, based on initial editor screening and anonymized refereeing by two referees. The Book Review Editor screens book reviews.
Joleen Steyn Kotze - Research Fellow, Centre for Africa Studies, University of the Free State, South Africa
Book Review Editor:
Suzanne Graham – University of Johannesburg, South Africa
Heribert Adam - Simon Fraser University, Canada
Kristina Bentley - University of Cape Town, South Africa
Susan Booysen - University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
Pieter Fourie - Stellenbosch University, South Africa
Amanda Gouws - University of Stellenbosch, South Africa
Adrian Guelke - Queen’s University of Belfast, Northern Ireland
Adam Habib - University of Witwatersrand, South Africa
Manuel Hassassian - Bethlehem University, Palestine
Shireen Hassim - University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
Heidi Hudson - University of the Free State, South Africa
Preston King - Morehouse College, Atlanta, USA
Garth Le Pere - DAJO Associates and University of Pretoria, South Africa
Tom Lodge - University of Limerick, Ireland
Christoph Marx - University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany
Robert Mattes - University of Cape Town, South Africa
Sheila Meintjes - University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
Mammo Muchie - Aalborg University, Denmark
Ephraim Nimni - Queen's University of Belfast, Northern Ireland ?
Aletta Norval - University of Essex, UK
Maxi Schoeman - University of Pretoria, South Africa
Meenal Shrivastava - Athabasca University, Canada
Vladimir Shubin - Russian Academy of Science, Russia
Peter Vale - University of Johannesburg, South Africa