Call for Special Issue: Political Science in Latin America

Brazilian Political Science Review

Call for Special Issue:

Political Science in Latin America

Articles can be submitted between March 18 and September 16, 2019 in Portuguese, English, or Spanish, through the BPSR portal at:

Political science in Latin America became institutionalized late when compared to sociology, particularly in regards to the role that political sociology has played in producing knowledge in different national contexts about Latin America as a whole. Starting in the 1970s, one can see the progressive expansion of the discipline in different countries, yet even so, they followed different national trajectories. These trajectories depended, for example, on whether the programs were undergraduate or graduate, if they were linked to public administration programs, whether political science professional associations were able to gain footholds, and finally, of course, on the policies followed by authorities and support organizations regarding the institutionalization of political science. After more than 50 years, we can say that political science has achieved institutional consolidation and centrality in the region with respect to knowledge production, albeit to different degrees in different countries.

What are the characteristics, then, of political science in Latin America? The development and characterization of political science in the region as an object of study in itself has been receiving more attention, largely as an expression of its growth and consolidation. A significant part of the knowledge that has been produced about the discipline focuses on national contexts, which, despite its intrinsic value, means that we still lack more integrated and comparative visions.

As a result, a host of questions that are relevant for the self-knowledge of political science are still awaiting answers. Some interesting examples include: Is there a Latin American political science—that is, a prominence of problems, theories, or authors specific to the region and, if so, how does it vary between countries, or how is it different from other regions of the world? Is there a significant intra-regional dialogue, or is the production of knowledge in Latin American political science simply consumed within its respective national contexts? What regions of the world have been targeted by Latin American political science for privileged dialogue with, and how does this dialogue vary by country within Latin America? Are there common trajectories of institutionalization within the region, or is diversity of trajectories the rule? How has this institutionalization affected the consolidation of the discipline as a whole? Who studies and teaches political science in the different countries of Latin America? What are the socioeconomic cleavages among students and among teachers, and what is the relationship between these cleavages and entry into the career, insertion into professional networks, and academic production? What content is privileged in the training of political science students? Where do political scientists from the region publish and how much influence do they have in circuits of public opinion?

The special issue, “Political science in Latin America,” looks to contribute to the body of work on the diagnostics of the development and the state of the discipline in the region, thereby stimulating a regional and/or comparative approach between countries, and between Latin America and other regions of the world, especially in the Southern Hemisphere. Articles that compare countries or regions of the world, or that analyze political science in Latin America as a whole, will receive preference, but articles focused on single countries about themes of interest will also be evaluated by merit.

As shown by the set of questions mentioned above, articles that focus regionally or comparatively on the following topics are of particular interest:

  1. The configuration of the field and of intra- and extra-regional integration: the prominence of problems, sub-fields, theories, and authors; privileged dialogues at national, regional, and extra-regional levels.

  2. The trajectories of institutionalization and the consolidation of the discipline: the development of the discipline; fundamental disputes in the trajectories of the discipline; actors and projects involved in the consolidation of the discipline; the place of political science in undergraduate and graduate education, as well as research.

  3. The practice of political science and its actors: the profiles of students and teachers; inequalities in the performance and influence of male and female authors; trajectories and insertion into professional networks; canons taught; political science’s influence on policy and politics.

The specification of these topics is illustrative and not exhaustive; articles that focus on other topics will also be welcome.

Articles submitted should not have been previously published and should present their results according to the BPSR’s guidelines ( Articles will be reviewed in two stages: desk review and, if accepted in the first stage, a double-blind peer review. All the rules of the BPSR’s editorial policy also apply to this special issue, including not publishing authors who have last published in the BPSR within two years of this issue. The publication will be in English and the BPSR will pay for the costs of translation for articles submitted in Spanish and Portuguese. The BPSR is an open-access journal that embraces the policies of open science and does not charge for editorial processing or publication.

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Call for Special Issue: Political Science in Latin America