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Business and Politics

Editor-in-Chief: Aggarwal, Vinod K.

4 Issues per year

Aims and Scope

Research Section:

Business and Politics (BAP) solicits 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. These efforts include internal organizational design decisions as well as external strategies. Internal organizational design refers to management structure, sourcing decisions, and transnational organization with respect to the firm's non-market environment. External strategies include legal tactics, testimony, lobbying and other means to influence policymakers at all levels of government and international institutions as an adjunct to market strategies of the firm. A second area of interest involves efforts by policymakers to influence firm behavior through regulatory, legal, financial, and other government instruments. We do not favor any particular methodologies or approaches, but emphasize analytical rigor and novel empirical analysis. The journal is particularly interested in submissions focusing on different regions of the world, cross-regional studies, and interdisciplinary work. It strongly encourages submissions from business, political science, law, economics, and public policy.

Cases and Commentaries:

The journal will publish selected cases and commentaries on the interaction of politics and corporate strategy. Cases, which apply theoretical ideas to focus on real world examples of policymaking, should be suitable for classroom use and cover recent events of relevance to business professionals and government officials. Commentaries, which include broad overviews of public policy regarding business political activity and trends in business politics, or discussion of recent articles published in Business and Politics, should be tailored for broad readership. The journal especially welcomes commentary submissions from business and policy professionals.

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 http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/dgbap


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.

  • Alexandra Griswold
    Areas of expertise: public policy, political science, education, economics, social sciences, humanities, ethics
  • Cyndy Brown
    Areas of expertise: political science, social sciences, humanities, ethics
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  • Jane Cotnoir
    Areas of expertise: Local government management, international crime and terrorism, emergency/disaster management, humanities, social science
  • Patience Kramer
    Areas of expertise: Health and Medicine (CAM and drug policy and analysis), Economics and Business (with a focus on marketing)
  • Steve Peter
    Areas of expertise: LaTeX, Linguistics, economics, mathematics


  • 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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  • ProQuest - Risk Abstracts
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  • ProQuest - Sociological Abstracts
  • ProQuest - Worldwide Political Science Abstracts (WPSA)
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Vinod K. Aggarwal, Department of Political Science and Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley

Associate Editors
Maxwell Cameron, Department of Political Science, University of British Columbia
Cédric Dupont, The Graduate Institute, Geneva
Thomas Gilligan, McCombs School of Business, University of Texas, Austin
Witold Henisz, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
Keith Krehbiel, Graduate School of Business, Stanford University
John Ravenhill, Department of International Relations, Australian National University

Managing Editor
Philip Rocco, Department of Political Science, University of California, Berkeley

Assistant Managing Editor
Christopher Adam Hussey, University of California, Berkeley

Editorial Board
Rawi Abdelal, Harvard Business School, Harvard University
Stephen Ansolabehere, Department of Political Science, MIT
Pierre Allan, Department of Political Science, University of Geneva
David Baron, Graduate School of Business, Stanford University
Roxana Barrantes, Institute of Peruvian Studies
Rakesh Basant, Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad
Jean-Philippe Bonardi, Faculty of Business and Economics, University of Lausanne
Benjamin Cashore, School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Yale University
David Coen, University College London
Heribert Dieter, German Institute for International and Security Affairs, Berlin
Maurizio Ferrera, Department of Political Science, State University of Milan
John de Figueiredo, School of Law and Fuqua School of Business, Duke University
Rui de Figueiredo, Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley
P.N. Ghauri, Department of Management, King's College, London
Stephan Haggard, The School of International Relations and Pacific Studies, University of California at San Diego
Richard Higgott, Vice Chancellor, Murdoch University
Gary Hufbauer, Institute of International Economics, Washington D.C.
Merit Janow, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University
David Kang, School of International Relations and Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California
Ethan Kapstein, INSEAD
Peter Katzenstein, Department of Government, Cornell University
Robert Lawrence, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
Seungjoo Lee, Department of Political Science, Chung-Ang University
Kun-Chin Lin, Department of Politics and International Studies, University of Cambridge
Steven McGuire, School of Management and Business, Aberystwyth University
Helen Milner, Department of Politics, Princeton University
Chung-in Moon, Department of Political Science, Yonsei University
Amrita Narlikar, Department of Politics and International Studies, University of Cambridge
Kalypso Nicolaïdis, University of Oxford
Louis Pauly, Department of Political Science, University of Toronto
Aseem Prakash, Department of Political Science, University of Washington
Barak Richman, School of Law, Duke University
Kenneth Shadlen, London School of Economics and Political Science
James Snyder, Department of Political Science, MIT
Debora Spar, Barnard College
Paula Stern, The Stern Group, Washington, D.C.
Emerson Tiller, School of Law, Northwestern University
Shujiro Urata, Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies, Waseda University
Rick Vanden Bergh, School of Business Administration, University of Vermont
Daniel Verdier, Department of Political Science, Ohio State University
David Vogel, Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley
Douglas Webber, INSEAD
Barry Weingast, Department of Political Science, Stanford University
Richard Whitley, Manchester Business School, University of Manchester
Oliver Williamson, Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley
Carol Wise, School of International Relations, University of Southern California
Zhang Yunling, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing

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