Article proposals for future Symposia will be selected via an open call (details below). Authors will be invited (all flight/hotel expenses paid) to a one-day workshop at the University of Southern California to present their article drafts and receive feedback, and revised drafts will be editorially reviewed before they are published. And a note summarizing the symposium process — as separate from the usual peer-review process — will appear at the bottom of the first page of each article to ensure transparency.
Each JOP Symposium will include 4 to 6 papers.
Request for Proposals
There will be two Symposia Workshops at USC in Fall 2018. The topics will be:
(1) Race and Law Enforcement (October 30)
- While scholarship on race and law enforcement exists, it has been dominated by sociologists and criminologists. So existing research often overlooks broader political science issues, like the nature of the state, the organization of government power, and democratic accountability & responsibility. Paper topics are open and could include (for example) racial disparities in the use of force, the impact of police use of force on societal health & civic participation, and the democratic consequences of police militarization.
(2) Foreign Policy in the Age of Trump (December 4)
- President Trump has had a major effect on American foreign policy during his first year and a half in office, involving international trade and investment , nuclear agreements, and relations with foreign governments. Paper topics are open and could include (for example) how the Trump presidency affects our understanding of American foreign policy in new and different ways, and investigate its effect on trade, Great Power relations, cybersecurity, and migration.
Paper proposals for either Symposium should be 1-2 pages in length, and include (a) the research question and (b) a short research design. Papers proposals can be standard normal-science (and thus the RD should include the data and methods to be used) or more conceptual in nature.
Proposals should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by July 1. Decisions will be made by July 15.
If you already have papers that might fit the topic area, please include a URL or attachment. Note that said papers cannot be published or under review elsewhere.