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Kenneth Janda, "Party Politics and POP," Party Politics, 15 (May 2009), 259-263.

First paragraph:
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 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.

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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'

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