In this post, the final in our series celebrating the 35th year of the journal, we look at the most cited articles published by Politics from 2011-2015. We’ve noticed the return of a distinct European focus to the list; however, one can also discern a common underlying theme on the politics of neoliberalisation and reactions to it from across the political spectrum.
- ‘Institutional Layering: A Review of the Use of the Concept’ by Jeroen van der Heijden which assesses the contribution of layering to research on institutional change.
- ‘The Swedish Pirate Party and the 2009 European Parliament election: protest or issue voting?’ by Gissur Ó. Erlingsson andMikael Persson which argues that the Pirate party’s success with voters was not due to protest voting but rather support for their platform.
- ‘Classifying Wilders: The Ideological Development of Geert Wilders and His Party for Freedom’ by Koen Vossen which examines the populism of this controversial Dutch politcian.
- ‘Why We Should Reject ‘Nudge’’ by Tom Goodwin which borrows from political theory to show how nudging is both normatively suspect and ineffective at catalysing behavioural; change.
- ‘Producing and Governing Community (through) Resilience’ by Dan Bulley, part of our special issue on the politics of resilience, which argues that resilience policies are more focused on producing communities and governing their behaviour than on enabling community empowerment.
While looking back over 35 years of the journal has been fun, we are even more excited about what lies ahead in the next 24 months. Upcoming contributions to the journal include a special issue on the everyday, a learning and teaching special section focusing on Africa in international studies, and a special section on the state of art for intersectionality in politics research.