Since its inception in 1968, Polity has been committed to the publication of scholarship reflecting the full variety of approaches to the study of politics. As journals have become more specialized and less accessible to many within the discipline of political science, Polity has remained ecumenical. The editor and editorial board welcome articles intended to be of interest to the discipline as a whole and to scholars in related disciplines in the social sciences and the humanities. Scholarship of this type promises to be highly “productive” – that is, to stimulate other scholars to ask fresh questions and reconsider conventional assumptions. Polity is devoted to the premise that political knowledge advances through scholarly communication across subdiscipline boundaries. This commitment has helped make Polity one of the most widely-known journals in political science.
Most Polity articles originate as unsolicited manuscripts, but the journal also publishes other forms of scholarship. Review essays appear periodically. In addition, Polity offers occasional forums organized by the editor or a member of the editorial board on salient political issues, new directions in scholarship, or important questions that are provoking considerable discussion within the discipline.