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Publius: The Journal of Federalism is the world's leading journal devoted to federalism. It is required reading for scholars of many disciplines who want the latest developments, trends, and empirical and theoretical work on federalism and intergovernmental relations. Publius is an international journal and is interested in publishing work on federalist systems throughout the world. Its goal is to publish the latest research from around the world on federalism theory and practice; the dynamics of federal systems; intergovernmental relations and administration; regional, state and provincial governance; and comparative federalism.

Publius encourages submission of manuscripts from many disciplines and a variety of methodological approaches to the study of federalism. Federalism is a dynamic, timely topic in the world today, and the scholarship in Publius aims to reflect core debates underway with theoretical and analytical research and to analyze intergovernmental implications of policy changes. Young scholars are particularly encouraged to submit manuscripts. Publius was the pen name used by Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, and James Madison in 1787-1788 when they published 85 articles entitled The Federalist in defense of the federal republic created by the new Constitution of the United States of America. It is an appropriate name for a journal devoted to the increase and diffusion of knowledge about federalism and intergovernmental relations. Publius: The Journal of Federalism was founded in 1973 by the late Daniel Elazar, a preeminent scholar of federalism.

Publius is sponsored by the Section on Federalism and Intergovernmental Relations of the American Political Science Association.

Publius is published on behalf of CSF: Publius, Inc. housed at the Robert B. and Helen S. Meyner Center for the Study of State and Local Government at Lafayette College, Easton, PA. The journal is ranked 46/161 in the Political Science category of the 2014 ISI Social Science Citation index with an impact factor of 1.150.

Special Issues of Publius: The Journal of Federalism

Each year, Publius issues an annual review of American Federalism which highlights and analyzes federalism and intergovernmental issues in the preceding year. This issue is popular required reading for classes in federalism and intergovernmental relations. In addition, Publius publishes special issues on timely and significant events and trends. Recent and forthcoming special issues cover topics including The Federalism Scholarship of Elinor and Vincent Ostrom: Applications and Reflections, Gendering Federalism, The States as Facilitators or Obstructionists of Local Government, Canadian and U.S. Federalism, and Non-Metropolitan Policy and Governance.


YearImpact FactorSsi: Political Science
20151.05061 out of 163
20141.15046 out of 161
20131.06851 out of 156
20121.00051 out of 157
20110.76355 out of 148
20100.65569 out of 139
20090.85241 out of 112
20081.65414 out of 99
20070.72234 out of 93
20060.44249 out of 85

This information is taken from the Journal Citation Reports, published annually as part of the Social Science Citation Index by ISI.


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