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Aims and Scope

Gouvernement et Action Publique is defined by its subject – governmental activities taken in the broadest sense, the transformations of executive power and administrations, and the management of public action.

The issues of government and public action lie at the heart of contemporary political life and deserve to be the focus of an academic publication. The political situation created by governmental activities must be examined through various fundamental dimensions: legitimation, the use of coercion, electoral competition, the production of public policies and the creation of public assets, citizen participation, etc.

Gouvernement et Action Publique’s intellectual mission is to bring together and create interaction between disciplines that are highly autonomous today: analysis of public policy, sociology of the State, administrative science, public management, the social history of institutions, sociology of governmental knowledge and practices, analysis of politicians and the elite, political economics, comparative politics, sociology of social stratification and inequality, the study of social movements, sociology of science and technology, European studies, international relations, etc.

Deeply rooted in political science, the journal is resolutely turned towards other disciplines of the social sciences (sociology, history, economics). Designed as a forum for discussion, Gouvernement et action publique claims no affiliation with a specific school of thought, but rather desires to contribute to theoretical debates, methodological development, and the empirical collection of knowledge around a common subject: governmental action and effects.

Gouvernement et action publique is intended for an audience of Francophone readers and, more broadly, the international academic world. Articles are published in French or English.

This quarterly journal combines non-thematic and special issues. It welcomes scientific articles covering fields of research that are greatly diverse in both geography and subject. It publishes articles examining local, regional, national, European and international topics. It also contains a “Critical readings” section.

Editorial Board

Editors in chief
Philippe Bezes (
Patrick Hassenteufel (

Editorial secretary
Bessie Leconte (

Editorial Committee

  • Frank Baumgartner, University of North Carolina at Chapell Hill (USA)
  • Daniel Benamouzig, CSO/CNRS/Sciences Po Paris
  • Philippe Bezes, CERSA/CNRS/University of Paris 2
  • Emilie Biland, University of Laval (Canada) / Centre Maurice Halbwachs
  • Pepper Culpepper, European University Institute
  • Nicolas Delalande, CRH/Sciences Po Paris
  • Julie Gervais, University of Paris 1/CESSP
  • Charlotte Halpern, FNSP/CEE/Sciences Po Paris
  • Patrick Hassenteufel, University of Versailles-Saint-Quentin/CESDIP
  • Virginie Guiraudon, CEE/CNRS/Sciences Po Paris
  • Jacques de Maillard, University of Versailles-Saint-Quentin/CESDIP
  • Ioannis Papadopoulos, University of Lausanne (Switzerland)
  • Frédéric Pierru, CERAPS/CNRS/University of Lille 2
  • Pauline Ravinet, University of Lille 2/CERAPS
  • Jay Rowell, PRISME/CNRS/University of Strasbourg
  • Denis Saint-Martin, University of Montreal (Canada)
  • Andy Smith, FNSP/Centre Emile Durkheim/Sciences Po Bordeaux
  • Marc Smyrl, University of Montpellier 1/CEPEL and University of Denver (USA)
  • Vincent Spenlehauer, École nationale des Ponts ParisTech
  • Bénédicte Zimmerman, CRIA/EHESS.

  • Instructions to Authors

    Research articles must contain no more than 70,000 characters (spaces included). They must be sent via email to the journal’s editorial secretary and to the editors in chief.
    Each article must be sent in two Word files:
    – the first with the author’s name, institutional affiliation, contact information, article content, and two abstracts (French and English) of around 750 characters;
    – the second: an anonymous version with the title, article content (references to the author having been removed) and the two abstracts.
    Articles should be single-spaced in Times New Roman, font size 12 (title: font size 16, subheading: font size 14). They should be divided into sections (in bold) and sub-sections (in italics).
    The bibliography must be placed at the end of the article (see below).

    In the body of the text and the bibliography, any references to the author(s) must be rendered anonymous as follows:
    – in the body of the text, use the word author in full (Author, 2002) – If there are two authors, (Author 1, 2002); (Author 2, 2008); (Author 1, Author 2, 2006),
    – in the bibliography, provide only the end of the reference, without indicating the title of the article or book. Author, 2002; Author 1, 2004.

    Presentation of references:
    References within the article should be given as follows: (Dupin 1999, p. 121).
    For references given at the end of the article:
    – For a book: Dupin, V. (1999), Cuisine et politique, Paris, PUF (if there is more than one author, the authors’ names should be separated with commas).
    – For an edited collection: Dussel, J., dir. (2009), Politique du vin, Paris, Belin (for an English-language work, replace dir. with ed. or eds.).
    – For a chapter in an edited book: Normand C. (2007), « Consultation et dégustation », in Breton D., dir., La cuisine, un espace public?, Paris, Presses de Sciences Po, p. 20-39.
    – For an article: Bono J. (1998), « Kitchen and Politics », British Journal of Political Science, 46 (2), p. 256-276.


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    Other information

    Print ISSN : 2260-0965
    Online ISSN : 2262-340X
    Publisher : Presses de Sciences Po

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