The on-line peer-reviewed quarterly “Central European Political Studies Review” is a scholarly journal focused on modern politics in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), including its Europe-wide or international ramifications. The journal thus provides a platform for primarily original political-scientific research related to the Central and East European region, as well as for other social-scientific research relevant for the discipline. Our background ambition, however, is to reflect upon problems and vectors that reach beyond the region itself.
Topically, the journal rests on three main pillars which mirror contemporary challenges to CEE: comparative research, testing social-scientific knowledge and experience across various countries; foreign and security studies, dealing with questions of societal order and peace in both established democracies and recently democratised or newly democratising countries, as well as their position the international context; and the broadly conceived field of political theory of both the empirical and normative kind, which puts empirical findings into wider conceptual or theoretical context.
Based on this triad of mutually interconnected topical areas, the Central European Political Studies Review aspires to facilitate scholarly debates on challenges with which the region as a whole or individual counties are faced, and which often carry important implications for scholarly understanding of political structures and processes beyond the CEE region itself. A prime example is provided by European integration and the questions it raises, and more broadly by the research agenda of European studies that allows for synthesising the particular CEE experience and its Europe-wide consequences. This is another reason why the Editors of the journal are also interested in articles from branches of political science other than those explicitly mentioned here, or from other social scientific disciplines (such as International Relations, Sociology, Media Studies, Political Economy, Area Studies, and others)