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Comparative Politics


Political Research Exchange - PRX

Editorial Vacancy – Comparative Politics Series

Co-Editorship of the Comparative Politics series

The closing date for applications is 31 May 2021

About the series

Published in partnership with Oxford University Press, Comparative Politics is a series for scholars and students of political science. It focuses on contemporary government and politics, with a particular interest in the comparative domestic politics of political institutions and behaviour.

Global in scope, books in the series are characterised by a stress on comparative analysis and strong methodological rigour. Since the launch of the series in 1990 some of the most influential books in political science of the last thirty years have been published within it.

Current Editors of the series are:

  • Susan Scarrow University of Houston
  • Jonathan Slapin University of Zurich

We are seeking one replacement for Susan Scarrow, who completes her term at the end of September 2021.

This is an excellent opportunity for an established political scientist to take this prestigious book series forward with the continuing Editor.

About the role

Working together, alongside the Publisher at Oxford University Press, the role of the Co-Editors is to:

  • Use their contacts in the wider political science community to discover potentially suitable manuscripts for the series. The Co-Editors are expected to be pro-active in this regard.
  • Evaluate the academic quality of such manuscripts and those unsolicited manuscripts which have also been submitted to the series. This includes working with OUP to select appropriate referees to provide evaluation reports.
  • Advise prospective authors on how to improve their submissions, both with respect to the manuscript, itself, and the book prospectus.
  • Conduct outreach to junior scholars on how to navigate the book-writing process.
  • Advise authors of manuscripts accepted for publication as to improvements and changes that should be made for the finally submitted version to the Press.
  • Produce the annual report delivered by the editors at the end of the calendar year.
  • Work closely with OUP and the ECPR in furthering the development of the series as a major venue for publication of the best work in comparative politics.

About the applicant

We are seeking an energetic political scientist, ideally with some experience of the international publishing industry.

Applications are welcomed from all sections of the political science community; successful applicants will be from an ECPR Member or Associate Member, or an institution which is committed to joining the ECPR at least for the duration of the Editorship.

The ECPR is committed to equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applicants from all backgrounds to apply.

The successful applicant will receive an annual editorial fee and a fund to cover travel expenses incurred in attending meetings related to the journal. The role is for six years, starting 1 October 2021, with a review by the Publications Subcommittee of the ECPR at the mid-point.

How to apply

Applications should be made in the form of a covering letter explaining how the candidate would develop the publication alongside the Co-Editor, and a full CV.

All applications should be sent to the ECPR’s Communications Assistant, Rebecca Delve, by 31 May 2021.

For further information about the role, applicants may contact either Rebecca Delve or the Editors via the series website.