Editorial

Electoral studies constitute a significant sphere of research in social sciences, making specific demands on researchers as well as on published texts. Unlike other topics, it requires a higher degree of operating with tables, graphs, schemes, figures, and other elements that increase publishers input costs. On the other hand, accommodating to limited technical possibilities can reduce the scope and depth of published articles. A possible solution is in publishing magazines that considerably or exclusively specialise in electoral topics. We don’t have a periodical focused on these topics in the Czech Republic yet, although the community of researchers is growing, as is the number of publications dealing with elections and related topics. The aim of our magazine, European Electoral Studies, is to provide this community, including authors from abroad, with scope that will be limited by a minimum of technical constraints, and that will also allow presenting the latest research results in concentrated form.

European Electoral Studies seek to embody a specialised professional magazine focusing on the issues of elections, electoral systems, electoral geography, electoral campaigns, methods of their research, and specific analyses. The magazines preferred format should be that of methodologically oriented texts that would familiarize readers from among researchers as well as general public with the latest trends in elections research and the possibilities of their application, either at theoretical level, or on the basis of specific examples. The magazines scope can also include detailed analyses of electoral competitions, effects of electoral reforms, strategic impacts of electoral systems, changes in electoral behaviour in single- as well as multi-level perspective, and other analytical or comparative texts whose subject corresponds to the magazines professional orientation. European Electoral Studies also accept for publication shorter and more narrowly focused articles. We can offer publication of analyses that are oriented similarly as studies, but their length doesn’t meet the requirements of this text form, narrowly focused case studies, and shorter articles focused on discussion or polemics dealing with topical issues connected with the research of elections and electoral systems. The magazine will also monitor the latest electoral reforms, both discussed and approved; it will also develop monitoring of current electoral competitions, which is expected to gradually define the group of data that should be binding for this form of texts. Publishing of review essays and reviews is also expected. Our aim is to maintain a good standard of contributions by means of review procedures, which we expect will contribute to specialisation and methodological correctness of published texts.

The European Electoral Studies project has been elaborated as part of the Research Plan of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of the Czech Republic entitled “Political Parties and Representation of Interests in Current European Democracies”. The magazine is institutionally supported by the research institution, the Comparative Political Research Institute of the Faculty of Social Studies of the Masaryk University.

The European Electoral Studies magazine opens a technically and graphically wide and also thematically distinct platform for researchers, students, and other people interested in the issue of electoral studies. We wish that this possibility be used as best it can for successful development of this field.

 

Brno, 10. 1. 2006

 


                                                              Stanislav Balík

                                                              Roman Chytilek

                                                              Maxmilián Strmiska

                                                              Jakub Šedo

 

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