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Aims and Scope

The comparative dimension of political transformation, from the perspective of both its forms of action and the stakes involved, is essential to viewing this journal as more than just a French political science journal about Southern Europe, but also a journal from Southern Europe: a forum of expression for a community of scholars from this region. Thus, the critical thought and research by political scientists, sociologists, historians, and other scholars in the social sciences unite around ever-changing themes, striving to answer the most fundamental questions and most pressing current debates related to these regions on the Mediterranean Sea.

Our aim was thus to create a forum for publication that would transcend the “disciplinary provincialism” that prevailed in Southern Europe. To this end, we chose to gradually establish a general political science journal for Southern Europe around three underlying editorial principles.

First: Publish a scholarly journal, primarily in French, on an international level. This represented a sort of “revolution,” since this objective involved not only generating knowledge about Southern European politics, but also breaking through barriers to produce a multidisciplinary journal that is equally established in academia throughout Southern Europe.

Second: Publish a general political science journal composed of four sections: Thema, Arena, Chroniques électorales (Electoral News), and Lectures (Reading) for the journal’s two annual issues. The Thema section includes a thematic dossier (of no more than five to seven articles) based on research issues pre-selected by the Editorial Board and edited by one or several scholars. The Arena section comprises individual articles subjected to anonymous review by at least two reviewers selected by the Editorial Board in consultation with the Scientific Board. The new section, Chroniques électorales, or Electoral News, focuses on analyzing the results and implications of the most important elections and referendums held in Southern Europe. Finally, the Lectures (Reading) section provides reviews of the latest French and foreign publications that deal with Southern European politics in particular.

Third: To implement this editorial policy, we have decided to ask non-French authors to submit their articles in either their native language or in English. We have therefore assembled a Scientific Board comprised of political scientists from throughout Southern Europe (Spain, Greece, Italy, Portugal, Romania, etc.), the mission of which is to evaluate the submitted contributions in an “international” manner so as to transcend a provincialist approach to political science. The evaluation process consists of designating two reviewers for each submitted manuscript, at least one of whom must be from a different country than the author. In the event of contrasting evaluations, the Editorial Board will determine whether or not the submission is accepted for publication.

Editorial Committee

    Editorial Board:

  • Paul Alliès (University of Montpellier I - CEPEL, France, fondateur, Editorial director)
  • Mohammad-Saïd Darviche (University of Montpellier I - CEPEL, France, Editor-in-chief)
  • Jacques Fontaine (University of Montpellier I, France, Editorial secretary)
  • William Genieys (CNRS-CEPEL, France)
  • Emmanuel Négrier (CNRS-CEPEL, France, Editorial director and “Lectures” (Reading) editor)
  • Julien Préau (Graphic design and layout)
  • Christophe Roux (University of Nice - ERMES, France).

  • Scientific Advisory Board:

  • Luigi Bobbio (University of Turin, Italy)
  • Xavier Coller (Pablo de Olavide University, Seville, Spain)
  • Georges Contogeorgis (Panteion University, Athens, Greece)
  • Maurizio Cotta (University of Siena, Italy)
  • Olivier Dabène (Sciences Po, Paris, France)
  • Jean-Yves Dormagen (University of Montpellier, France)
  • Alain Faure (CNRS-PACTE, IEP of Grenoble, France)
  • Michel Hastings (IEP of Lille, France)
  • Ioan Horga (University of Oradea, Romania)
  • Xavier Itçaina (CNRS-CED, IEP of Bordeaux, France)
  • Marc Lazar (Sciences Po, Paris, France)
  • Ramón Máiz (University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain)
  • Gilles Massardier (CIRAD, Montpellier, France)
  • Javier Moreno Fuentes (CSIC-IPP, Madrid, Spain)
  • Leonardo Morlino (LUISS, Rome, Italy)
  • Gerassimos Moschonas (Panteion University, Athens, Greece)
  • Romain Pasquier (CNRS-CRAPE, Rennes, France)
  • Hubert Peres (University of Montpellier I, France)
  • Eric Savarese (University of Nice, France)
  • Andy Smith (FNSP-CED, IEP of Bordeaux, France)
  • Marc Smyrl (University of Montpellier, France)
  • Joan Subirats (Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain)
  • Pedro Tavares de Almeida (New University of Lisbon, Portugal)
  • Maria Manuela Tavares Ribeiro (University of Coimbra, Portugal)
  • Luca Verzichelli (University of Siena, Italy)

    • Referees :

    Articles are reviewed anonymously by at least one French and one international expert, solicited according to the topic of a given submission by the editorial board. These present detailed reviews of the text to the editorial board recommending publication, rejection, or substantial revision. The editorial board, in turn, seeks to provide timely feedback to submitting authors.

    Instructions for authors


    AERES, IBSS (ProQuest), Worldwide Political Science Abstracts (ProQuest), Political Science Complete (EBSCO), Zeller Dietrich Bibliographische Verlag (Allemagne), DIALNET.


    Code of conduct

    Code of ethics

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

    Other information

    Print ISSN : 1262-1676
    Online ISSN : 1960-6656
    Publisher : ARPoS

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