Call for papers




Celebrity and fame permeate political life. In the United States and internationally, well-known celebrities advocate for humanitarian causes and even run for political office; elected officials are often renowned for their personal style and social media presence; and the multi-national media and consumer products industries use famous people to increase profits and shape political discourse (to name just some examples). Given that the study of politics is centrally concerned with power, this Special Section aims to examine the power and politics of "celebrity." We therefore invite scholars to submit theoretical and empirical pieces that build on existing celebrity/celebrities and politics research or break new ground to explore the power of "celebrity" and interrogate the forces that produce and maintain it.

The list of possible paper topics for this Special Section might include, but is not limited to:
-     Theorizing the link between fame and political discourse and processes
-     The "celebritization" of the political sphere in historical perspective
-     The politics of celebrity in the sports and/or entertainment industries
-     Celebrities' impact on public opinion and voting behavior
-     Social movements and the mobilization of celebrity/celebrities
-     Methodological approaches to/challenges for celebrity research in political science

Editorial Information
Michael Bernhard, Editor-in-Chief
Daniel I. O'Neill, Associate Editor
Samantha Majic, Guest Editor (

Submission Deadline: May 15th, 2018



Submission Guidelines
Length: manuscripts must not exceed 10,000 words, including notes and references.

Style, Format, References, and Endnotes: Please refer to the style guide for Perspectives. As explained in the "Instructions for Authors," tables, figures, and appendix materials may be included within manuscripts or uploaded as separate files.

Submission Instructions: Manuscripts must be submitted electronically through the online manuscript processing system called Editorial Manager. First-time users should register and create a profile. Returning users may log in and continue using their existing profile, and may update their user information at any time. Please be sure to indicate that your submission is for this Special Section through Editorial Manager.

Submissions will include a 200-word abstract, keywords (for indexing), and a brief author's biographical note (100 words or less) at the time of initial submission.

Review of Submissions
Articles submitted for consideration in this Special Section will undergo Perspectives' standard review process.

The first step in this process is a blind, in-house assessment by the editorial staff to determine whether the submission is of sufficient quality and an appropriate fit for both the journal and the Special Section. Every article submitted will be read and reviewed by the editor-in-chief or associate editor and the guest editor.

The second step is peer review. Those submissions that fall within the thematic focus for this Special Section and clear the internal review process will be sent out for external review according to a standard double-blind referee process. We typically seek four reviews, and select a diverse group of scholarly reviewers capable of approaching a manuscript from a range of pertinent scholarly perspectives. We expect that reviewers will return their reports within four to six weeks.

Finally, based on referee reports and their own careful readings of the article, the editor-in-chief, the associate editor, and guest editor will then decide whether to accept a submission, reject it, or offer the author(s) the opportunity to revise and resubmit the manuscript. Authors will have access to all reviewer reports, and will receive a letter from the editors clearly explaining their decision.

Please direct questions about this Special Section to our editorial staff at

About Perspectives on Politics
Perspectives on Politics seeks to provide a space for broad and synthetic discussion within the political science profession and between the profession and the broader scholarly and reading publics. Such discussion necessarily draws on and contributes to the scholarship published in the more specialized journals that dominate our discipline. At the same time, Perspectives seeks to promote a complementary form of broad public discussion and synergistic understanding within the profession that is essential to advancing research and promoting scholarly community.

Perspectives seeks to nurture a political science public sphere, publicizing important scholarly topics, ideas, and innovations, linking scholarly authors and readers, and promoting broad reflexive discussion among political scientists about the work that we do and why this work matters.