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 Party Politics is published six times a year (in January, March, May, July, September and November)

Politica! parties are intrinsic to every democratic political system, and with the dramatic changes that regularly sweep the political landscape, the study of their function and form is one of the most dynamic areas within contemporary scholarship.

Party Politics is an international journal devoted to the study of political parties, party systems, and political organizations. Founded in 1995 as a quarterly journal and now published bimonthly, Party Politics provides a forum for scholars to share their work on topics ranging from the rise of partisan blocs in newly-democratic states in central and eastern Europe to the impact of women on politics.

In 2009, Party Politics became the official journal of the Political Organizations and Parties Section of the American Political Science Association.

The first issue of Volume 9 of Party Politics [January 2003] coincided with a change in the editorial team. One of the founding editors, Ian Holliday, who several years ago moved from the University of Manchester to the City University of Hong Kong, has decided to hang up his spurs. Paul Webb -- who up to this point has been associate and reviews editor -- has agreed to come on board as a new co-editor in place of Ian. In turn, Paul's post as associate and reviews editor is being filled by Aleks Szczerbiak. The remaining members of the editorial team are continuing in post.

David and Ken want to take this opportunity to acknowledge Ian's role as co-editor over the first eight years of the Journal. Indeed, his crucial role in first dreaming up the idea for a new journal on party politics should be noted. For the record, it all dates back to a time when Ian wrote a short report on a French ecological party and wanted to find a journal to send it to. As none were available, he took it upon himself to start the process of founding one.

The Journal has come a long way since then, including a move from four to six issues a year, and our sponsorship of various prizes (including a prize for the best paper submitted to the Journal by a graduate student, the Political Organizations and Parties/Party Politics prize for the best paper presented at a POP panel at the American Political Science Association's annual convention, and the Journal's sponsorship of an annual studentship for the Parties Summer School at Keele University).

As we approach our first decennial anniversary we can look back on a busy period in which the Journal has established its niche. We can only hope that the next decade is as interesting.

David Farrell
Paul Webb
Kenneth Janda

updated January 2010