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Global, Local, Political

eISSN: 21633150 | ISSN: 03043754 | Current volume: 47 | Current issue: 4 Frequency: Quarterly
A peer-reviewed journal, Alternatives explores the possibilities of new forms of political practice and identity under increasingly global conditions. Specifically, the editors focus on the changing relationships between local political practices and identities and emerging forms of global economy, culture and policy.

Alternatives was established in 1975 by scholars who were concerned with the more obvious dangers of Cold War but also with the need for less imperious and more sustainable forms of development. In both contexts, it focused on the implications of what was then just coming to be called globalization, and published many prescient analyses that now pass as conventional wisdom. It has long sought to promote a wide range of critical, normative and interdisciplinary approaches to political, social, cultural and ecological developments, and to encourage more creative and imaginative ways of thinking and acting in a rapidly transforming world. It has especially tried to encourage more sophisticated theoretical engagements with processes that seem to be reshaping relations between global and local, or universality and particularity, in ways that challenge prevailing assumptions about political life within and between states. To this end, we encourage submission of articles that engage contemporary political problems in a way that speaks to the circumstances of people living in many different parts of the world while maintaining theoretical rigour, empirical precision and a culturally sensitive imagination.

Alternatives is committed to publishing peer-reviewed articles that cover the entire field of political science and international relations. Areas covered include foreign policies, security policies, political theory, comparative politics, environmental politics, peace studies, conflict resolution, globalization and terrorism. Alternatives also aims to cover articles which explore the possibilities of new forms of political practice and identity under increasingly global conditions.

Lacin Idil Oztig Yildiz Technical University, Turkey
Editorial Board
Amitav Acharya American University, USA
Umut Can Adisonmez Izmir University of Economics, Turkey
Bülent Aras Sabanci University, Turkey
Boaz Atzili American University, USA
Samuel Barkin University of Massachusetts, Boston, USA
Carlos Morreo Boada Australian National University, Australia
Emmanuel Brunet-Jailly University of Victoria, Canada
Marwan Darweish Coventry University
Elizaveta Gaufman University of Bremen, Germany
Henk van Houtum Radbound University, Netherlands
Åshild Kolås Peace Research Institute Oslo, Norway
Ziya Önis Koc University, Turkey
Thomas Risse Freie Universitat Berlin
Carlos Solar Essex University, UK
Philip Steinberg Durham University, UK
Lisa Strombom Lund University, Sweden
Dhananjay Tripathi South Asian University, India
Nick Vaughan-Williams University of Warwick, UK
Ritu Vij University of Aberdeen, Scotland, UK
Carmen Wunderlich University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany
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  • Alternatives seeks to address the possibilities of new forms of political practice under conditions of spatiotemporal transformation. The editors especially invite submissions that address the changing relationships between local political practices and emerging forms of global economy, culture, and policy. Original manuscripts that fall within the aims and scope of Alternatives may be submitted to the editor via the Alternatives ManuscriptCentral site.

    The Alternatives review process draws upon scholars in many different societies. Authors are therefore strongly encouraged to ensure that submissions are accessible to a broad cross-cultural, interdisciplinary, and theoretically sophisticated audience.

    Original research articles should be between 6,000 and 8,000 words in length. However, longer as well as shorter articles will be published if justified by the content of the contribution. Review articles are limited to 5,000 words in length.


    This journal carries book reviews and commentaries. Commentaries should be between 2.000-3.000 words.

    If you are interested in submitting a book review or a commentary, please contact the Editor at

    Manuscripts should be submitted electronically via email or mailed on a disk. Text and tables must be submitted in a standard word processing format, and any figures should be saved at high-resolution in TIF, JPEG, or PDF format.

    The first page of the typescript should bear the title of the paper, together with the name(s) and affiliation(s) of the author(s), and e-mail address(es). The second page of the typescript should contain an abstract, 4-5 keywords, and short author biographies. The third page should repeat the title, followed by the main body of the text.

    All headings should be placed on the lefthand side of the text, with a double-line space above and below. Primary headings should be typed in CAPITALS; secondary heads should be typed with Initial Capital Letters; and subsidiary headings should be indicated with an initial (a), (b), (c), and so on.

    The location of any tables and illustrations should be clearly noted in the text. The publisher will typeset the tables, but graphs, diagrams and illustrations must be in a form suitable for reproduction without retouching. Captions from illustrations should be listed on a separate page.

    In all matters of spelling, abbreviations, punctuation, and so on, the editors intend to conform to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA). The manuscript, including the Notes, must be double-spaced throughout. Stylistic variation within the manuscript must be kept to a bare minimum, including one font and font size.

    Manuscripts will be accepted on the understanding that their content is original and that the manuscript has not been accepted for publication elsewhere. Manuscripts will not be returned.

    For information on SAGE's Open Access program, please visit SAGE Open Access

    Submissions must be submitted electronically to the Alternatives ManuscriptCentral site.

    As part of our commitment to ensuring an ethical, transparent and fair peer review process SAGE is a supporting member of ORCID, the Open Researcher and Contributor ID.

    ORCID provides a unique and persistent digital identifier that distinguishes researchers from every other researcher, even those who share the same name, and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between researchers and their professional activities, ensuring that their work is recognized. 

    We encourage all authors and co-authors to link their ORCIDs to their accounts in our online peer review platforms. It takes seconds to do: click the link when prompted, sign into your ORCID account and our systems are automatically updated. We collect ORCID iDs during the manuscript submission process and your ORCID iD then becomes part of your accepted publication’s metadata, making your work attributable to you and only you. Your ORCID iD is published with your article so that fellow researchers reading your work can link to your ORCID profile and from there link to your other publications.

    If you do not already have an ORCID iD please follow this link to create one or visit our ORCID homepage to learn more.


    Alternatives may accept submissions of papers that have been posted on pre-print servers; please alert the Editorial Office when submitting and include the DOI for the preprint in the designated field in the manuscript submission system. Authors should not post an updated version of their paper on the preprint server while it is being peer reviewed for possible publication in the journal. If the article is accepted for publication, the author may re-use their work according to the journal's author archiving policy.

    If your paper is accepted, you must include a link on your preprint to the final version of your paper.

    Visit the SAGE Journals and Preprints page for more details about preprints.


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