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Business and Politics

Editor-in-Chief: Aggarwal, Vinod K.

SCImago Journal Rank (SJR) 2014: 0.507
Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP) 2014: 0.558

Business and Politics is proud to announce the new Editor’s Choice free access article feature. To download the featured article free of charge, please click the link below.

Vol. 18 Iss. 1 - Perceptions of the global financial crisis in the US, UK, Canada and Australia: a comparative editorial analysis of the legitimacy of finance by John Mikler, Sundran Rajendra, and Ainsley Dianne Elbra

Aims and Scope

In the 15 years since its founding, Business and Politics has established itself as the premier journal for cutting-edge research on the relationship between private firms and public governance institutions. We are interested in multiple levels of analysis: from individual entrepreneurs to international economic sectors, and from cities to global governance institutions. Rather than treating processes of governance and the organization of firms and markets separately, the journal showcases research that finds points of linkage between them. How does the organization of firms and markets shape the national, sub-national, and supra-national governance of economic, social, and foreign policies?  How do firms and markets interact with political parties, electoral alliances, and how do they impact policymakers’ agendas? In turn, how do governing institutions shape the success or failure of individual firms, policymaking in economic sectors, and more generally, the relationship between market competition and economic development?

Business and Politics is particularly interested in manuscripts that use the tools of social science to illuminate contemporary policy issues, such as financialization and economic policymaking in a post-crisis era, and important scholarly foci, such as business strategy in weakly institutionalized environments, private regulation and privatization of services, and the relationship between business organizations, nongovernmental organizations, courts, and political parties. The journal also seeks manuscripts that offer new insights on bedrock concerns of international trade, industrial policy, lobbying and public policy, regulation, non-market strategy, and firms as both targets of and catalysts for political activity.

The editorial team emphasizes analytical rigor and novel theoretical and empirical analysis, which the journal does not associate with any dominant set of methodologies or approaches. We are particularly interested in manuscripts using a comparative approach, cross-regional studies, and interdisciplinary work and strongly encourage submissions from business, political science, law, economics, and public policy.

Type of Publication:

Business and Politics (BAP) publishes articles within the broad area of the interaction between firms and political actors. Two specific areas are of particular interest to the journal. The first concerns the use of non-market corporate strategy. The second involves efforts by policymakers to influence firm behavior through regulatory, legal, financial, and other government instruments. Recent articles concern private regulation in the global economy, human rights and economic liberalization, and transnational corporate motivations and strategies. The journal also publishes selected cases and commentaries on the interaction of politics and corporate strategy. The journal is edited by Vinod K. Aggarwal (UC Berkeley), a leading expert in international business and public policy. Authors include notable professors from the University of Oxford, the University of Pennsylvania, and the Sloan School of Business at MIT. BAP has been awarded an "A" for research quality by the Australian Research Council in its international journal rankings.

Publication History

Three issues/year
Content available since 2000 (Volume 2, Issue 1)
ISSN: 1469-3569

What scholars are saying about Business and Politics

Business and Politics is an outstanding outlet for empirical and theoretical research on the intersection of government policies and business strategies.

David Baron, Professor of Political Economy and Strategy, Stanford Business School

Business and Politics has become established in the field of political economy, business studies, international business, and international political economy, and regularly attracts articles by many of the best-known scholars in the field. Its content is particularly valuable as a source of methodologically rigorous scholarship that marries genuinely original empirical material with strong theoretical analysis. Its peer review standards appear to be among the highest in the field.

Natasha Hamilton-Hart, Associate Professor of Management and International Business, University of Auckland

Instructions for Authors

This document provides authors with details on policy, copyediting, formatting, and layout requirements pertaining to manuscript submission to this journal. All manuscripts must have correct formatting to be considered for publication. The manuscript submission and review process is handled through ScholarOne Manuscripts. All manuscripts should be submitted to


Unpublished material: Submission of a manuscript implies that the work described is not copyrighted, published or submitted elsewhere, except in abstract form. The corresponding author should ensure that all authors approve the manuscript before its submission. Ethical conduct of research: The authors must describe and confirm safeguards to meet ethical standards when applicable.

Conflict of interest: When authors submit a manuscript, they are responsible for recognizing and disclosing financial and/or other conflicts of interest that might bias their work and/or could inappropriately influence his/her judgment. If no specified acknowledgement is given, the Publishers assume that no conflict of interest exists.

Copyright: Manuscripts are accepted on condition of transfer of copyright (for U.S. government employees: to the extent transferable) to Business and Politics.  Once the manuscript is accepted, it may not be published elsewhere without the consent of the copyright holders.


Abstracts will be typed or pasted into the relevant form in the submission screen rather than being included in the full text of the article. Abstracts should be <200 words for an article, <80 words for a note.

Please get in touch with the copyeditors directly to discuss details.

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  • Jane Cotnoir
    Areas of expertise: Local government management, international crime and terrorism, emergency/disaster management, humanities, social science
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  • Do not include a title page or abstract. (Begin the document with the introduction; a title page, including the abstract, will be added to your paper by the ScholarOne system.)
  • Do not include page numbers, headers, or footers. (The bepress system will add the appropriate header with page numbers).
  • Write your article in English (unless the journal expressly permits non-English submissions).
  • Submit your manuscript, including tables, figures, appendices, etc., as a single file (Word, RTF).
  • Page size should be 8.5 x 11-inches.
  • All margins (left, right, top and bottom) should be 1.5 inches (3.8 cm).
  • Single space your text.
  • Use a single column layout with both left and right margins justified.
  • Font:
    • Main Body — 12 pt.Times or the closest comparable font available
    • Footnotes — 10 pt. Times or the closest comparable font available.
  • If figures are included, use high-resolution figures, preferably encoded as encapsulated PostScript (eps).
  • Copyedit your manuscript.
  • Use the following document structure (remember there is no title page):
    1. Introduction (titling this section is optional)
    2. Subsequent sections including all tables, figures, and footnotes referenced in the text.
    3. Appendices (if any)
    4. Bibliography/References
  • Notes should presented as footnotes.


The bibliography/reference list should contain the complete facts of publication for each source cited, using the author-date formatting shown in the following examples. Only include the sources that are specifically cited within the text. Provide first names (instead of initials) of authors when available. Within the manuscript, cite with footnotes. At the end of the manuscript, show sources in alphabetical order by the first author's surname and secondarily in chronological order with the earliest date first.

Authors should use footnotes to cite sources. Each footnote should state the author's last name and the year of publication, adding page numbers when quoting from or referring to a particular passage (e.g., Smith 2005, 43). The footnote may include a brief comment that helps the reader to understand the source's relationship to the article's argument.

Please use the following formats for the bibliography and footnotes:

  • BOOK: Baron, David P. 1996. Business and Its Environment, 2nd edition. Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Prentice Hall.
  • EDITED COLLECTION: Aggarwal, Vinod K. ed. 1998. Institutional Designs for a Complex World: Bargaining, Linkages, and Nesting. Ithaca: Cornell University Press.
  • CHAPTER IN MULTI-AUTHOR COLLECTION: Gale, Jeffrey and Rogene A. Bucholz. 1987. "The Political Pursuit of Competitive Advantage: What Business Can Gain from Government." In Business Strategy and Public Policy, edited by Alfred Marcus, Allen M. Kaufman, and David R. Beam. New York: Quorum Books.
  • JOURNAL ARTICLE: Tiller, Emerson H. 1998. "Controlling Policy by Controlling Process: Judicial Influence on Regulatory Policy." Journal of Law, Economics, & Organization 14 (1): 114-135.
  • WORKING PAPER: Bell, Linda and Richard Freeman. 1994. "Why Do Americans and Germans Work Different Hours." Working Paper 4804. Cambridge, Mass.: National Bureau of Economic Research.
  • PAPER PRESENTED AT A MEETING: Dobson, Wendy. 1995. "Pacific Triangles: U.S. Economic Relationships with Japan and China." Paper presented at the Industry Canada Conference, December, Vancouver, B.C.
  • GOVERNMENT/INSTITUTIONAL PUBLICATION: United Nations. 1995. "World Investment Report 1995: Transnational Corporations and Competitiveness." footnote: United Nations (1985).
  • NEWSPAPER OR MAGAZINE ARTICLES: No reference listing is needed. Include relevant information in a footnote: New York Times, 15 September 1998, p. A1. Author's names and article titles are omitted except when an author prefers to add them because they enhance understanding of points made in the text or the source.
  • PUBLICATION DISTRIBUTED ELECTRONICALLY: In addition to the usual information, please list the service name, the name of the vendor providing the service, and any identifying numbers.
  • UNPUBLISHED INTERVIEW: No reference listing is needed. Include relevant information only in a footnote: Author's interview with Adam Smith, Washington, D.C., August 1998. If the interviewee was promised anonymity, describe the informant as precisely as possible, for example, as a member of a category of individuals, without identifying the person.
  • UNPUBLISHED MANUSCRIPT: Wu, Abraham H. 1994. "Contributions, Lobbying, and Participation." Unpublished manuscript, Stanford University, Stanford, CA.
  • Ph.D. DISSERTATION: de Figueiredo, John M. 1997. "The Politics of the Court and the Strategy of the Firm." Ph.D. diss., University of California, Berkeley.

Use the American spelling of words such as "color" and "analyze." When referring to the United States, use "U.S." only in the adjectival form (e.g., the United States v. the U.S. economy).

Use capital letters sparingly. For example: the Clinton Administration v. the administration; South China Sea v. continental Europe; etc.

Observe the following guidelines:

  • PERIODS/FULL POINTS: In general, do not use full points for acronyms (e.g., APEC or SEC). Do use them, with a comma, for abbreviated Latin phrases such as e.g., i.e., and viz. Always use only one space after a period, even at the end of a sentence.
  • QUOTATIONS MARKS: Use quotation marks for quoted materials shorter than fifty words or two sentences (whichever is smaller). Quoted materials longer than this should be indented and should not use quotation marks. Place all periods and commas inside quotation marks.
  • DASHES: Use an unbroken em dash (—) as opposed to two hyphens or any other convention, and do not use spaces on either side of the em dash. (In general, when using Latin abbreviations such as "e.g." or "i.e.", especially to substantiate a point at the end of a sentence, place the clause within parentheses rather than using an em dash). Use an en dash (-) to separate numbers that indicate a range (e.g., 1939-45 or pp. 101-19); in ranges, use minimum numbers beyond two digits (e.g., pp. 21-25, 167-73, or 196-201).

In general, spell out numbers including and below one hundred, and for large round numbers above that one thousand, ten million, etc. Use numerals for specific measures (e.g., $55 or 85 km) and percentages (e.g., 50 percent), using the percent sign only in tables and figures.

Set out specific dates in day-month-year format, omitting commas (e.g., 15 August 1999). When referring to a particular decade, do not use an apostrophe (e.g., 1990s). Spell out centuries (e.g., eighteenth century, not 18th century).

For questions of style not answered here, please refer to The Chicago Manual of Style, 14th ed., or contact the editorial office of Business and Politics.

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Vinod K. Aggarwal, Department of Political Science and Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley

Associate Editors
Tim Büthe, Department of Political Science, Duke University
Pepper Culpepper, Department of Political and Social Sciences, European University Institute
Witold Henisz, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
Keith Krehbiel, Graduate School of Business, Stanford University
John Ravenhill, Balsillie School of International Affairs, University of Waterloo
Kathleen Thelen, Department of Political Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Managing Editor
Andrew Reddie, University of California, Berkeley

Assistant Managing Editor
Christopher Hussey, University of California, Berkeley
Editorial Board
Rawi Abdelal, Harvard University
Graeme Auld, Carleton University
Pierre Allan, University of Geneva
David Bach, Yale University
David Baron, Stanford University
Roxana Barrantes, Institute of Peruvian Studies
Rakesh Basant, Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad
Jean-Philippe Bonardi, University of Lausanne
Susana Borrás, Copenhagen Business School
Maxwell Cameron, University of British Columbia
David Coen, University College London
Heribert Dieter, German Institute for International and Security Affairs, Berlin
Simon Evenett, University of St. Gallen
Maurizio Ferrera, State University of Milan
Rui de Figueiredo, University of California, Berkeley
P.N. Ghauri, King's College, London
Stephan Haggard, University of California, San Diego
Richard Higgott, Murdoch University
Gary Hufbauer, Institute of International Economics, Washington D.C.
David Kang, University of Southern California
Peter Katzenstein, Cornell University
Daniel Kono, University of California, Davis
Robert Lawrence, Harvard University
Seungjoo Lee, Chung-Ang University
Kun-Chin Lin, University of Cambridge
Isabela Mares, Columbia University
Steve McGuire, Aberystwyth University
Helen Milner, Princeton University
Chung-in Moon, Yonsei University
Amrita Narlikar, University of Cambridge
Kalypso Nicolaïdis, University of Oxford
Louis Pauly, University of Toronto
Paul Pierson, University of California, Berkeley
Alison Post, University of California, Berkeley
Aseem Prakash, University of Washington
Barak Richman, Duke University
Doug Schuler, Rice University
Kenneth Shadlen, London School of Economics and Political Science
Chloe Thurston, Northwestern University
Emerson Tiller, Northwestern University
Gunnar Trumbull, Harvard University
Shujiro Urata, Waseda University
Rick Vanden Bergh, University of Vermont
Daniel Verdier, Ohio State University
David Vogel, University of California, Berkeley
Douglas Webber, INSEAD
Barry Weingast, Stanford University
Richard Whitley, University of Manchester
Oliver Williamson, University of California, Berkeley
Zhang Yunling, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing

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