Political Studies Association

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Political Studies Association
MottoPromoting the Global Study of Politics
Formation1950 (1950)
TypeLearned society
  • United Kingdom
Official language
Angelia Wilson[1]

The Political Studies Association (PSA) is a learned society in the United Kingdom which exists to develop and promote the study of politics. It is the leading association in its field in the United Kingdom, with an international membership including academics in political science and current affairs, theorists and practitioners, policy makers, researchers and students in higher education.

The PSA was founded in 1950, following the establishment of the International Political Science Association in 1949, and was initially supported by a grant from UNESCO.[2]

The PSA has a network of over fifty "Specialist Groups" that provide a research focus for members and receive support from the PSA.[3]


The PSA publishes four journals:

  • British Journal of Politics and International Relations
  • Political Studies: publishes research in all areas of politics and international relations. The journal's approach is not dominated by a particular methodological or theoretical framework. Indeed, the editors have expressed their wish to encourage a pluralism and debate between approaches.[4]
  • Political Studies Review: provides not only reviews of new books and literature on political science and international relations but also provides a forum for wide-ranging debates and reviews.[5]
  • Politics.


The PSA holds an annual awards ceremony,[6] giving prizes to political scientists, journalists and politicians. Academic prizes include the Sir Isaiah Berlin Prize, for lifetime contribution to political studies and the W. J. M. Mackenzie Book Prize for the best book published in political science during the preceding year.[7]

In 2000, to celebrate its 50th anniversary, the PSA also awarded one-off Lifetime Achievement Awards to Brian Barry, Jean Blondel, David Butler, Bernard Crick, Denis Healey, Edward Heath, Stanley Hoffmann, Roy Jenkins, and Richard Rose.[8][9]


  1. ^ "PSA announces new Chair and Vice-Chair". News. Political Studies Association. 2017-02-03. Retrieved 2017-04-12.
  2. ^ "Political Studies UK: Studying, Teaching and Researching Politics in the United Kingdom" (PDF). Political Studies Association. 2004. Archived from the original (PDF) on September 25, 2006. Retrieved 2008-04-10. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  3. ^ "Political Studies Association: Specialist Groups". Political Studies Association. 2007. Retrieved 2016-10-24.
  4. ^ http://www.politicalstudies.org/ Political Studies (journal)
  5. ^ http://www.politicalstudiesreview.org/ Political Studies Review
  6. ^ "PSA Annual Awards". Political Studies Association. Retrieved 2016-10-29.
  7. ^ "Prizes". Political Studies Association. Retrieved 2016-10-29.
  8. ^ "Accolade for the best in political studies". British Academy. 2000-11-21. Retrieved 2008-04-10.
  9. ^ "Political Studies Association of the United Kingdom 50th Anniversary" (PDF). 2000. Retrieved 2016-10-24.

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