University of Wisconsin–Madison

Our History

Founded in 1971 by the political scientists George Carey and James McClellan, the Political Science Reviewer, now a bi-annual journal, established itself as a vital venue for political theory in a field that had drifted away from its philosophical roots.  The journal resisted established conventions within the discipline that promoted hyper-specialization and insularity, and instead sought to give voice to a range of scholars. Their point was more than one of mere political partisanship, and one that still goes to the heart of political science. A journal that caters to prevailing orthodoxies, both thematic and methodological, is an unlikely partner in the search for truth. More likely, such a journal will be complicit in cementing the pecking order in the profession, flattering the doctrinaire, giving credence to faulty analysis, and glorifying trivial conclusions. For most of its history the Reviewer has been published by the Intercollegiate Studies Institute. However, in recent years, responsibility has moved on to the Center for the Study of Liberal Democracy at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

Our Mission

Under our editorial leadership, the PSR will continue this partnership in search of truth. While the field of political theory sees authors publishing increasingly opaque and abstract articles accessible to only small subsets of political theorists, the Political Science Reviewer is interested in an intellectually diverse approach to political theory and in promoting conversations across the field by encouraging political theorists of all stripes to engage each other’s work.  We welcome extended but accessible treatments of issues of importance for political theorists of all kinds. In the tradition begotten by the original editorial team, we are still open to symposia and review issues, but our focus will be stand-alone articles.

New PSR cover.