Critical Policy Studies  Call for Editor 

Deadline: October 1, 2021

Critical Policy Studies invites applicants for the position of Editor. 


Critical Policy Studies brings contemporary theoretical and methodological discussions, both normative and empirical, to bear on the understanding and analysis of public policy, at local, national and global levels, emphasizing socially inclusive values. The journal offers a unique and geographically plural forum for researchers, policy-makers and practitioners to challenge established accounts of policy-analytic methods, to explore alternative approaches to policy-making, and to promote democratic governance, including necessary debates towards the expansion of critical epistemologies. To this end, the journal concentrates on the relation of political and policy theory to specific practices of governance, in particular as they pertain to democratic governance, participatory practices, social justice, intersectional and decolonial policies, and general public welfare. This necessitates an emphasis on methodological reflexivity, the interplay between theoretical and empirical research and methodological pluralism. The journal thus moves beyond narrow empiricist approaches to pay special attention to interpretive, argumentative, discursive approaches to policy-making.


The new Editor will join two Editors and an Editorial Team (2 Forum Editors, 2 Review Editors, a Social Media Editor, an Honorary Editor) and an Editorial Board. 


The position

  • Each Editor is responsible for routine editorial work managing article submissions and selecting the contents of each issue of the journal. The Editors meet monthly to address journal business (e.g., renewing contracts with the publisher, issuing calls for papers, generating interest in submitting to the journal, making decisions on symposia proposals, discussing rotation of the Editorial Team and Editorial Board, etc.). Editors also meet quarterly with the Editorial Team to discuss content for the Forum and Book Review sections, social media strategies, and more general issues related to the direction of the journal. In addition to this routine work, Editors each year write an annual report to the Editorial Board, organize annual Editorial Board meetings, organize the best paper award committee (Gottweis Prize and emerging scholar prize). Finally, Editors may choose to write an occasional forum article, organize panels at the Interpretive Policy Analysis Conference, and/or work on special initiatives, such as expanding the journal’s reach to new geographical regions. 
  • The length of the term is five years.
  • The general editors currently manage a yearly budget of 12.000 Euros to support initiatives and to fund a small honorarium in recognition of the work. 

Selection Criteria: We are looking for someone whose research focuses on Critical Policy Studies, who shows a willingness to engage with scholars from diverse critical policy studies traditions and an openness to both supporting the existing CPS community and expanding into new areas of critical scholarship that may not be strongly represented in the journal (for example, Critical Race Theory, Feminist/Gender Studies or Postcolonial scholarship, to the extent that these are engaged in critical policy studies). 


Starting Date: The Editor should be prepared to begin handling manuscript submissions starting January 1, 2022. The current editors will provide support through the transition.  


To apply: Please send us an email to Bill Sisk (our social media editor) at with a statement of interest - including your interest in becoming an editor of Critical Policy Studies and the goals and contributions you would like to make to the journal - and a short cv (about 5 pages), by October 1, 2021. 



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