West European Politics

West European Politics  
Abbreviated title (ISO 4)
West Eur. Polit.
Discipline Comparative politics
Language English
Edited by Peter Mair, Klaus Goetz
Publication details
Publication history
Frequency Bimonthly
ISSN 0140-2382 (print)
1743-9655 (web)
LCCN 80641468
OCLC no. 473894221

West European Politics is a peer-reviewed academic journal of comparative politics focusing on Western Europe. It was established in 1978 and serves as one of the main publication venues in that field.[1] Its founding editors-in-chief were Vincent Wright and Gordon Smith; the current editors are Peter Mair and Klaus Goetz. According to the Journal Citation Reports, the journal has a 2014 impact factor of 1.576, ranking it 31st out of 161 journals in the category "Political Science".[2]

Vincent Wright Memorial Prize

The Vincent Wright Memorial Prize was established in 1999 to honour the memory of Vincent Wright. Two prizes are awarded annually on the recommendation of members of the editorial advisory board for the best articles published in the journal during the preceding year.


  1. Russel J. Dalton (1991). "Comparative Politics of the Industrial Democracies: From the Golden Age to Island Hopping". In William Crotty. Political Science: Looking to the Future — Volume 2: Comparative Politics, Policy, and International Relations. Northwestern University Press. p. 20. ISBN 0-8101-0950-6.
  2. "Journals Ranked by Impact: Political Science". 2014 Journal Citation Reports. Web of Science (Social Sciences ed.). Thomson Reuters. 2015.

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