About the Journal

In the 15 years since its founding, Business & Politics (BAP) has established itself as the premier journal for cutting-edge research on the relationship between private firms and public governance institutions. We are interested in multiple levels of analysis: from individual entrepreneurs to international economic sectors, and from cities to global governance institutions. Rather than treating processes of governance and the organization of firms and markets separately, the journal showcases research that finds points of linkage between them. How does the organization of firms and markets shape the national, sub-national, and supra-national governance of economic, social, and foreign policies? How do firms and markets interact with political parties, electoral alliances, and how do they impact policymakers’ agendas? In turn, how do governing institutions shape the success or failure of individual firms, policymaking in economic sectors, and more generally, the relationship between market competition and economic development?

Business & Politics is particularly interested in manuscripts that use the tools of social science to illuminate contemporary policy issues, such as financialization and economic policymaking in a post-crisis era, and important scholarly foci, such as business strategy in weakly institutionalized environments, private regulation and privatization of services, and the relationship between business organizations, nongovernmental organizations, courts, and political parties. The journal also seeks manuscripts that offer new insights on bedrock concerns of international trade, industrial policy, lobbying and public policy, regulation, non-market strategy, and firms as both targets of and catalysts for political activity.

The editorial team emphasizes analytical rigor and novel theoretical and empirical analysis, which the journal does not associate with any dominant set of methodologies or approaches. We are particularly interested in manuscripts using a comparative approach, cross-regional studies, and interdisciplinary work and strongly encourage submissions from business, political science, law, economics, and public policy. The journal is edited by Vinod K. Aggarwal (UC Berkeley), a leading expert in international business and public policy. Authors include notable professors from the University of Oxford, the University of Pennsylvania, and the Sloan School of Business at MIT. The Journal has been awarded an "A" ranking for research quality by the Australian Research Council.

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Praise For The Journal

Business & Politics is an outstanding outlet for empirical and theoretical research on the intersection of government policies and business strategies...

David Baron, Professor of Political Economy, Stanford Business School

Business & Politics has become established in the field of political economy, business studies, international business, and international political economy, and regularly attracts articles by many of the best-known scholars in the field. Its content is particularly valuable as a source of methodologically rigorous scholarship that marries genuinely original empirical material with strong theoretical analysis. Its peer review standards appear to be among the highest in the field.

Natasha Hamilton-Hart, Associate Professor of Management and International Business, University of Auckland.


Publication History

The journal publishes four issues per year in both online and print format. Business and Politics was previously published as a print journal with Carfax Publishers, and since 2004, it was published as an online-only journal with Berkeley Electronic Press. Currently, the journal is published by DeGruyter. Electronic copies of the back issues are available starting with Volume 2, Issue 1 (2000).

ISSN: 1469-3569

Archiving: Business and Politics is fully and permanently archived according to leading industry standards.