Call for papers: Uncertain Times through the Eyes of Contemporary Politics Research

Current PhD students and early career researchers are working in times of global uncertainty. The war in Ukraine, the cost of living crisis, tensions over Taiwan, widespread industrial action, and the global repercussions of COVID-19 are among the abiding political challenges of recent years. Longer term debates rage over the efficacy of environmental COP summits, culture war clashes, the health of democracy across the globe, the legacy of Brexit, and the (ab)uses of social media. These debates are not just objects of study for politics researchers but form a complex landscape which academics must navigate. Politics researchers steer through these turbulent times in a wide range of ways, embracing innovative methods, challenging dominant theoretical frameworks and destabilising established orthodoxies.

Political Perspectives invites papers that deal with these themes, as well as other important issues. The burning debates which set the scene for the beginning of 2023 inform the work of scholars across both national and disciplinary borders. Contributions are welcome from all sub-disciplines, and submissions are encouraged from other approaches in the field of social science that are relevant to politics. We seek to draw together the latest theoretical and empirical research from PhD students and early career researchers, covering a range of articles dealing with contemporary political issues and challenges.

Submission deadlines:

  1. 23rd June, 2023
  2. 26th October, 2023

Authors are invited to submit to either deadline. Priority will be given to papers submitted in June for our next issue.

Submissions can made through our online form.


Political Perspectives was set up by PhD researchers at the University of Manchester in 2007 as a peer-reviewed online journal publishing early-career research in the field of politics, broadly defined. The journal was born with the aim to showcase early-career research and assist researchers’ professional development by providing a supportive and constructive environment to experience the publishing and peer-review process.

After seven years of lively intellectual conversations across over 15 different thematic issues, Political Perspectives went on a hiatus. The journal was taken up again with a new team of PhD researchers and a widened format in 2021.

The journal focuses on the professional development of early-career researchers and is still managed exclusively by PhD researchers. With the mission of promoting postgraduate and early-career researchers’ work, Political Perspectives continues to publish peer-reviewed articles and short form publications (blog post, interviews, editorials, and more). By bringing together scholarship on different aspects of political sciences, our online journal reflects the diversity of interest and knowledge within the discipline of politics and social sciences at the University of Manchester and beyond.

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