Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Happy birthday to Commonwealth and Comparative Politics

Happy birthday to Commonwealth and Comparative Politics!

Just available is the first number of the 50th volume of the journal, Commonwealth and Comparative Politics.

The journal title was first published in November 1961 as the Journal of Commonwealth Political Studies, and is the oldest British journal of comparative politics and the leading journal on Commonwealth and comparative politics. The journal was renamed The Journal of Commonwealth and Comparative Politics in 1974, and then Commonwealth and Comparative Politics in 1998. Since 2003 it has been published by Taylor and Francis. Published thrice yearly until 2006 (when it came online), it became a quarterly in 2007.

The journal emerged in the late 1950s out of a seminar series initiated at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies by its first director, Professor Sir Keith Hancock. Stimulated by the rapid decolonisation that was transforming the Commonwealth, the founders were Hancock, Professor J.D.B. Miller of the University of Leicester, Professor Robert Taylor Cole of Duke University, and Professor Kenneth Robinson, Hancock's successor at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies.

The Library holds print copies of the journal as well as providing electronic access.

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