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We’re delighted to announce that all articles accepted for publication in Government and Opposition from 31 January 2024 will be ‘open access’; published with a Creative Commons licence and freely available to read online (see the journal’s Open Access Options page for available licence options). The costs of open access publication will be covered through agreements between the publisher and the author’s institution, payment of APCs from grant or other funds, or else waived entirely, ensuring every author can publish and enjoy the benefits of OA.   

Please see the journal's Open Access Options page for instructions on how to request an APC waiver.

Information for Subscribers: The 2024 Volume will continue to publish on a subscription basis throughout the rest of 2024. The 2025 Volume will be the first to publish open access. 

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  • ISSN: 0017-257X (Print), 1477-7053 (Online)
  • Editors: Dr Isabelle Hertner King's College London, UK, and Professor Erik Jones European University Institute, Italy
  • Editorial board
Government and Opposition is one of the world's leading global comparative politics journals. This means that we publish papers dealing with any part of the world, and on any theme, to do with comparative politics, liberally defined. We accept papers that cover a single case, so long as they are positioned within the comparative politics literature and seek to advance comparative political analysis. We also publish substantial review articles, many of which are commissioned, and some of which are the result of proposals made to our review editor. We are tied to no substantive position, nor to any methodological orthodoxy beyond the fundamental principle of intellectual rigour. To ensure rigour we practise anonymous refereeing. We publish four issues a year.

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