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Political Economy and Development

Springer Science and Business Media

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Barbara Stallings
Brown University

Aisalkyn Botoeva
Jamie Mc Pike

Katrina Burgess
Melani Cammett
Nitsan Chorev
Linda Cook
Angelica Duran-Martinez
Peter Evans
Patrick Heller
Jose Itzigsohn
Dietrich Rueschemeyer
Marilyn Rueschemeyer
Daniel Jordan Smith
Richard Snyder
Barbara Stallings
Ashutosh Varshney
Rebecca Weitz-Shapiro

Arun Agrawal, University of Michigan
Kenneth A. Bollen, University of North Carolina
Michael Carter, University of Wisconsin
Ruth Collier, University of California, Berkeley
Marc Edelman, Hunter College, City University of New York
Carol Graham, Brookings Institution/University of Maryland
Béla Greskovits, Central European University
Herbert Kitschelt, Duke University
Stephan Haggard, University of California, San Diego
Atul Kohli, Princeton University
Elizabeth J. Perry, Harvard University
Alejandro Portes, Princeton University
Dani Rodrik, Harvard University
Nancy Scheper-Hughes, University of California, Berkeley
Gay W. Seidman, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Diane Singerman, American University
Alfred Stepan, Columbia University
Ivan Szelenyi, New York University, Abu Dhabi
Robert Hunter Wade, London School of Economics
Michael Watts, University of California, Berkeley
Meredith Jung-En Woo, University of Virginia
Deborah Yashar, Princeton University

Submission Guidelines

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Manuscripts should have maximum 10,000 words.

When submitting a manuscript, please DO NOT include any of your personal information (name, affiliation, etc.) anywhere in the manuscript

A title page is to be provided separately and should include the title of the article, author’s name (no degrees), author’s affiliation, and suggested running head. The affiliation should comprise the department, institution (usually university or company), city, and state (or nation). For office purposes, the title page should include the email address and telephone number of the one author designated to review proofs.

An abstract, preferably no longer than 200 words, is to be provided on a separate page.

  • A list of 4-5 key words is to be provided directly below the abstract. Key words should express the precise content of the manuscript, as they are used for indexing purposes. Submission is a representation that the manuscript has not been published previously and is not currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. A statement transferring copyright from the authors (or their employers, if they hold the copyright) to Studies in Comparative International Development will be required before the manuscript can be accepted for publication.

  • Manuscripts and accompanying materials may be submitted in a wide range of supported file formats, including: MS Word, WordPerfect, RTF, TXT, TIFF, GIF, JPEG, EPS, LaTeX2E, TeX, Postscript, PICT, Excel, Tar, Zip, and Powerpoint. PDF is not an acceptable file format. Manuscripts must be double-spaced, leaving margins of at least 1." Manuscript length should be reasonable for the contribution offered.

  • American rather than British spellings should be used (e.g., labor vs. labour; while vs. whilst; democratization vs. democratisation; center vs. centre).

    • If foreign spellings appear as part of quoted materialor titles, leave as is.

    • Single quotation marks should be used only when aquotation appears within another quotation.

    • It may be helpful to run a spell check using theAmerican dictionary in MS Word.

  • Mathematical notation should be typewritten wherever possible. If handwritten notation must be used, it should be clear and legible, with any necessary explanatory notes located in the margin. Equations should be numbered consecutively with Arabic numerals in parentheses and should be referred to in the text. Equation references in the text should be abbreviated such as: As shown in Eq. (5), the model …

  • All sections should be in boldface type (such as Introduction). Subsections should be in normal type (such as Second−Value Subheading). An independent single number system (one for each category) should be used to label all theorems, propositions, corollaries, definitions, remarks, examples, etc. The label (such as Theorem 4) should be typed with paragraph indentation, followed by a period and the theorem itself.

  • Figures or illustrations (photographs, drawings, diagrams, and charts), are to be numbered in one consecutive series of Arabic numerals (e.g., Fig. 3). The captions for illustrations should be typed on a separate sheet of paper. Figures should be prepared with some clear, high contrast process (e.g., laser printer). Either original drawings or good quality photographic prints are acceptable. Figure captions are abbreviated (e.g., Fig. 3. Time series plot).

  • Tables should be numbered (preferably with Arabic numerals) and referred to by number in the text (without abbreviation). Each table should be typed on a separate sheet of paper.

  • Citations within the text should be styled as: Jones (1987) or (Jones, 1987), whichever is appropriate. Where there are three or more authors, only the first author’s name is given in the text, followed by et al.(e.g., Jones et al. 1983). Specific page citations in the text should be styled as: Jones (1987: 108–109) or (Jones 1987: 118–119).

  • Footnotes should be numbered consecutively using Arabic numerals and should be typed at the bottom of the page to which they refer.

  • Sources: punctuation and style of the references should conform to that illustrated by the following examples:





Journal article

Smith JJ. The world of science. AmJ Sci 1999;36:234–5.


Journal article with DOI included

O'Mahony S, Rose SL, Chilvers AJ,Ballinger JR, Solanki CK, Barber RW, et al. Finding an optimal method forimaging lymphatic vessels of the upper limb. Eur J Nucl Med Mol Imaging2004;31:555–63. doi:10.1007/s00259-003-1399-3.


Journal article in a supplement

Frumin AM, Nussbaum J, Esposito M.Functional asplenia: demonstration of splenic activity by bone marrow scan.Blood 1979;59 Suppl 1:26–32.


Book chapter

Wyllie AH, Kerr JFR, Currie AR.Cell death: the significance of apoptosis. In: Bourne GH, Danielli JF, JeonKW, editors. International review of cytology. London: Academic; 1980. p.251–306.


Book, authored

Blenkinsopp A, Paxton P. Symptomsin the pharmacy: a guide to the management of common illness. 3rd ed. Oxford:Blackwell Science; 1998.

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