Two valued editors of our Comparative Politics series, published in conjunction with Oxford University Press, have completed their editorial terms.
Ferdinand Müller-Rommel and Emilie van Haute were appointed in 2013 and have worked unflaggingly to cement this series' reputation as one of the most important in its field.
Dominic Byatt, publisher of this series at OUP, spoke warmly of warmly of Ferdinand and Emilie's time editing the series:
'As Oscar Wilde almost said, to lose one series editor is a misfortune, to lose two looks like carelessness. In fact, the eminently sensible constitutional arrangements for the ECPR’s Comparative Politics series will see the departure of two wonderful series editors after six years’ distinguished service. Emilie van Haute and Ferdinand Müller-Rommel joined as series editors in 2013 and have, in their distinctive ways, made a remarkable contribution to the continued impact of this distinctive and widely respected series.
Emilie has played a crucial role in nurturing and developing the proposals of younger, often female, scholars before they are exposed to the rigours of a publisher’s judgement and the refereeing process. Her quiet, calm, and eminently sensible view has been a great boon, especially when taking the occasionally difficult joint-decisions that series editorship brings.
Ferdinand has brought his characteristic vigour and good sense – not to mention his far-reaching network – to bear in bringing an impressive stream of fine projects. His ability to spot talent is second to none and his wisdom a great source of support.
They have, between them, ensured that the series has gone from strength to strength. On a personal note, I shall be very sorry to lose them.
They have both been a publisher’s dream as editors: efficient, pragmatic, sharing entirely the values and goals of the series, and good fun. But they leave the series in the best possible shape and a job well done.'
ECPR extends its heartfelt thanks to Ferdinand and Emilie for their enthusiasm and diligence over the past six years. They have been succeeded by new recruit Jonathan B. Slapin, who joins continuing Editor Susan Scarrow on the team.
Founded in 1990, the series is devoted to the comparative study of contemporary government and politics, with a specific interest in the comparative domestic politics of institutions and political actors. Global in scope, books in the series are characterised by a stress on comparative analysis and strong methodological rigour.
The series aims to publish cutting-edge, in-depth analyses on these topics, and to provide a forum for scholars to share their work on themes ranging from democracy, electoral reform, money and politics, parliaments, cabinets and coalitions, representation, political leaders and personalisation, party organisations and intra-party democracy, democratic linkage and public opinion.
Whatever the focus, the Series has ambitions to be at the forefront of scientific debates in the field. Titles are nominated regularly for awards, including various APSA prizes and the CPSA Prize in Comparative Politics.
Keywords: Comparative Politics