David Peterson, professor of political science at Iowa State University, became editor of the journal Political Behavior effective Jan. 1, 2015. “I am excited by the opportunity to edit the journal and raise the profile of the excellent work on political behavior and communication being done here at ISU,” Peterson said.
Political Behavior is published in association with the Elections, Public Opinion, and Voting Behavior section of the American Political Science Association. The journal publishes original research in the general fields of political behavior, institutions, processes, and policies. Coverage focuses on conventional and unconventional political behavior of individuals or small groups, and of large organizations that participate in the political process such as parties, interest groups, political action committees, governmental agencies, and mass media.
As an interdisciplinary journal, Political Behavior integrates a variety of analytical approaches across different levels of theoretical abstraction and empirical domain. The exploration includes economic perspectives in preference structuring and bargaining; psychological aspects of attitude, motivations, and perceptions; sociological orientation of roles, group, or class; or political stance in decision-making, coalitions, and influence.
The five-year impact factor for Political Behavior is 2.87, 9th highest among all political science journals.