Kenneth Janda, "Party
Politics and POP," Party Politics, 15 (May 2009),
Beginning with this issue, Party Politics becomes the
official journal of the Political Organization and Parties
Section (POP) of the American Political Science Association
(APSA). Membership in the Section is available to all
members of APSA. Readers of Party Politics can learn about
POP by visiting its website at
www.apsanet.org/~pop/index.htm. They may also be interested
in the origins of POP, the shorthand name for the group.
This account traces the history of organized sections within
APSA and their relationship with the Journal.
- Figures and
Some discussion ensued between POP officers and the editors
of Party Politics about designating it as POP's official
journal. At APSA's 2007 convention, members attending the
POP business meeting voted to explore the possiblity, and
members at the 2008 meeting voted to complete the
arrangements. Thus, after a long journey, POP and Party
Politics are very pleased to initiate a formal relationship
starting with this issue of the journal. Russell Dalton, POP
President for 2007-8, endorsed the relationship by citing
the final line in the movie Casablanca, 'I think this is the
beginning of a beautiful friendship'