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Critique internationale is a quarterly French-language journal published by Presses de Sciences Po, with the help of the Centre national du livre. A peer-reviewed journal, it has been supported by the Centre de recherches internationales (CERI-Sciences Po/CNRS) since its creation in October 1998.

A comparative social sciences journal, Critique internationale aims to shed light on the social sciences of politics from a comparative and empirical perspective. Articles submitted to the journal must therefore be based upon a detailed knowledge of the area(s) studied, acquired by researchers during localized studies and long-term immersion. At the same time, this approach must be accompanied by a solid grounding in the issue of research in social sciences debates.

The editorial committee is made up of individuals specializing in international issues (including transfer of norms, the transnationalization of collective action and public policy, the role of international organizations and NGOs in numerous crises or in the routine life of the “countries of the South,” and migration) in places (other than France) across all five continents. Anthropologists, sociologists, historians, and political scientists, its members come from various institutions (CNRS, IRD, FNSP, EHESS, universities) and vibrant research centers in both France and further afield, where comparative studies and studies on international issues provide a variety of perspectives on the way in which research is conducted today.

At the same time, Critique internationale continues to place particular focus on supporting young researchers in their first publishing and project coordination endeavors, while also ensuring that work produced by foreign colleagues is published in its pages.

Each quarter, a thematic dossier of five or six articles presents several case studies based on a cross-cutting issue. What makes Critique internationale distinctive is that each time, this dossier deals with far removed geographical and cultural entities. Together with the miscellaneous contributions that are published in each issue’s “Varia” section, these thematic studies provide particularly rich material for social scientific comparison. The “Readings” section offers reviews as well as reports on the state of thematic literature, allowing for an assessment of the research in a given field.

The journal accepts articles in English, Spanish, Russian, and German, and provides authors with feedback on their manuscripts in the language in which they submitted them. These manuscripts are then translated into French. Critique internationale also translates articles originally written in French or another language into English. These articles, as well as the entire collection, are available online on the journal portal

ISSN (paper) 1290-7839

ISSN (electronic) 1777-554X

Editorial committee

Critique internationale’s editorial staff

Editor-in-chief: Hélène Combes (political scientist, research fellow CNRS at the CERI-Sciences Po/CNRS Paris)

Editorial manager: Catherine Burucoa

Editors: Adam Baczko (political scientist, CERI-Sciences Po/CNRS Paris), Thomas Brisson-Nishimura (political scientist, Université Paris 8), Assia Boutaleb (political scientist, Université François-Rabelais de Tours), Sidy Cissokho (sociologist, research fellow at CNRS/Clersé, Lille), Nathalie Duclos (political scientist, Université François-Rabelais de Tours), Juliette Galonnier (sociologist, CERI-Sciences Po/CNRS Paris), Laurent Gayer (political scientist, CERI-Sciences Po/CNRS Paris), Gilles Guiheux (sociologist, Université de Paris), Marieke Louis, (political scientist, Sciences Po Grenoble), Nicolas Martin-Breteau (historian, Université de Lille), Élise Massicard (political scientist, CERI-Sciences Po/CNRS Paris), Marième N’Diaye (political scientist, ISP, Nanterre), Nadège Ragaru (political scientist, CERI-Sciences Po/CNRS Paris), Quentin Ravelli (sociologist, Centre Maurice Halbwachs), Sandrine Revet (anthropologist, CERI-Sciences Po/CNRS Paris), Valérie Robin Azevedo (anthropologist, Université Paris Descartes), Kathy Rousselet (political scientist, CERI-Sciences Po/CNRS Paris), Marie Vannetzel (political scientist, Université du Caire), Éric Verdeil (geographer, CERI-Sciences Po/CNRS Paris)

Publication director: Alain Dieckhoff (political scientist, CERI-Sciences Po/CNRS Paris)

Scientific Board:

President: Frédéric Mion

Alban Bensa (anthropologist, EHESS)

John R. Bowen (anthropologist, Washington University in Saint-Louis)

Hamit Bozarslan (sociologist, political scientist, Associate professor, EHESS),

Roger de Weck (journalist, Zurich, Suisse)

Jean-Luc Domenach (political scientist, Research director at the CERI-Sciences Po/CNRS Paris)

A.J.R. Groom (political scientist (International relations), University of Kent, Canterbury)

Gérard Grunberg (Political scientist, Research director at the CEVIPOF, Paris)

Pierre Hassner (political scientist, researcher emeritus at the CERI-Sciences Po/CNRS Paris)

Christopher Hill (political scientist, University of Cambridge, Royaume-Uni)

Christophe Jaffrelot (political scientist, Research director at the CERI-Sciences Po/CNRS Paris)

Sunil Khilnani (political scientist, Johns Hopkins University, Washington)

Jean Leca (political scientist, FNSP, Paris)

David Lehman (anthropologist, Cambridge University)

Thomas Lindenberger (historian, director of the Zentrum für Zeithistorische Forschung, Postdam)

Andreas Mehler (political scientist, director of the Institut Arnold-Bergstraesser in Friburg and professor at the Université de Fribourg, political sciences department)

Anand Menon (professor of political sciences at the Kings College London)

Jean-Luc Parodi (political scientist, FNSP, Paris)

Pablo A. Piccato (historian, Columbia University, New York)

Jennifer Pitts (political philosopher, Princeton University)

Vivien Schmidt (political scientist, Boston University)

Instructions to Authors


Critique internationale publishes original articles – meaning previously unpublished articles and articles that have not been simultaneously submitted to another journal – that contribute to analyses of international relations and the political, economic, and social dynamics at work in countries other than France. It comprises three sections: the first, called, “Thema,” brings together articles on a unifying theme, considered from different areas of study and/or different angles. The second, entitled, “Varia,” is a general heading which provides research articles (theoretical reflections, the current state of research overviews in a given area, interviews, etc.) and articles that shed light on salient aspects of international current events (“Focus”). The “Lectures” section includes two types of contributions: f a state of knowledge update on a given theme (through a review of the existing literature), or of an author whose work is or has been particularly influential, on the one hand; and, on the other, book reviews in the social sciences likely to influence contemporary discussion.

Manuscripts must be submitted electronically, as an email attachment and in Word format, to Catherine Burucoa, the editorial manager (

Authors must ensure their manuscript is anonymous prior to submission by removing all self-identification information and references within the text and footnotes.

The themes of upcoming issues are announced on the CERI website ( ).

The editorial staff welcomes suggestions for its thematic section.


- Thema: no more than 60,000 characters (spaces and footnotes included).

- Varia: no more than 60,000 characters (spaces and footnotes included). Short manuscripts, “Focus” (30,000 characters), are welcome and are likely to be published more quickly than longer manuscripts, especially if they deal with current events put into perspective.

- Lectures: no more than 10,000 characters for book reviews; no more than 20,000 characters for surveys (spaces and footnotes included).

Bibliographic references should be integrated in the footnotes and presented as follows:

- For a book: First name Last name, title, city, publisher, year, page number to which the citation refers. For subsequent references to the same source: First initial, Last name, complete title, op. cit., page number to which the citation refers.

- For a contribution to a collective work: First name Last name, “title of the contribution”, in First name(s) Last name(s) of the author(s) of the work (ed.), title of the work, city, publisher, year, page number to which the citation refers. For subsequent references to the same source: First initial Last name, “full title of the contribution”, city, page.

- For an article: First name Last name, “title of the article”, journal name, volume (issue), date, specific pages the citation refers to. For subsequent references to the same source: First initial(s) Last name, “full article title”, art. cit., page.

At the initiative of the authors, annex documents (statistical tables, interview transcripts, image-based materials, excerpts of literary works, bibliographies, references to other websites, etc.) may be published online. The publication of this complementary information is always mentioned in the paper version of the journal, and can be accessed at no cost on the CERI website ( ).


The journal accepts articles in English, Spanish, Russian, and German and provides authors with a manuscript evaluation in their original language.

The editors reserve the right to refuse articles that do not correspond to the journal’s editorial agenda. Evaluation reports are not provided in the case of a refusal.

The selected manuscripts are anonymous and are the subject of two anonymously written evaluation reports, which are transmitted to the author. The editorial committee makes one of the following decisions based on these reports: a) immediate acceptance; b) refusal; c) request to revise and resubmit. In the third case, the editorial committee makes a definitive decision, either positive or negative, based on whether the author has addressed the reviewers’ comments.

Once accepted, the manuscript will be subject to editing in consultation with the author.


Code of ethics

The Code of Ethics applicable to drafting committees and editorial boards of academic journals offered on, including Critique internationale, is available on this page.

Other information

Print ISSN : 1290-7839
Online ISSN : 1777-554X
Publisher : Presses de Sciences Po

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