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Kenneth Janda, "Party Politics at age 20: What did it cover," Party Politics, 21 (January 2015), 4-9. [Available at ]

First paragraph:

The first issue of Party Politics appeared in January 1999, and contained seven articles. The November 2014 issue of Volume 20 carried the 700th article published in Party Politics over 20 years of publication. Serving as co-editor since the journal’s founding but having retired with that issue, I would like to be able to claim that 20 years of careful editorial planning went into meeting this round number of 700 articles from Volume 1 Issue 1 to Volume 20 Issue 6. Alas, the count just came out that way.
To mark Party Politics' 20th anniversary and to end my editorship, I proposed to David Farrell and Paul Webb – my co-editors who did all the real work – that I summarize the topics we covered over the last two decades by analyzing the keywords attached to all 700 articles. The analysis would fit with my main editorial role over the years. I created a website for our journal ( years before SAGE devised its own, and I have maintained my website since as a simpler and free alternative to SAGE’s official site. David and Paul readily agreed to my proposal, and in July 2014 SAGE provided me with the keywords for 24 articles scheduled for the last two issues in September and November.

  • Figures and Tables:
  • Figure 1. Breakdown by five-year periods of 700 articles published from 1999 to 2014.
  • Figure 2.Most frequent keywords of 2944 in Party Politics articles.
  • Table 1.Keywords assigned to ‘Parties’ and ‘Interest group’ categories.
  • Figure 3. Distribution of 2944 keywords classified by categories
  • Table 2.‘Country’ keywords with an American connection.
  • Table 3.‘Country’ keywords mentioned five times or more.

  • Last Paragraph:

    Party Politics intends to continue as the leading journal in its field for years to come. During the past 20 years, it has grown in the number of annual issues published, in the number of articles published per issue, and in its physical format whose expanded size allows even more articles per issue and more flexibility in printing tables and figures. The journal also hopes to function in new ways to facilitate research into the politics of political organizations. Look for developments in subsequent issues. As a subscriber, but no longer editor, I certainly will be watching.

    Last updated Febuary 2015