The Profile

The programmatic title "International Politics and Society / Internationale Politik und Gesellschaft" (IPG) permits two readings which reflect the journal's profile:

On the one hand, IPG expressly combines the analysis of world politics with consideration of societal developments at the domestic level: What is the socio-political background of foreign policy strategies and international conflicts? How do international interdependence and global institutions impact on national societies' ability to shape their destiny and on their development chances? On the other hand, the title also acknowledges the fact that social action is becoming increasingly internationalized and that a global society is emerging. Social actors are forming networks, articulating transnational interests and values, and exerting an influence on global governance. It is IPG's objective to bring into sharper focus these transnational challenges and to develop the outlines of a more democratic and just organization of international politics and society.

  • IPG's broad thematic spectrum encompasses development policy and foreign policy challenges, as well as questions of peace and conflict studies, global economic policy, or the international gender debate, together with regional and also country-related analyses, covering all parts of the world.
  • IPG contributes to organizing exchange, dialogue and critique in a cross-border fashion. The journal's worldwide network of authors and readers gives the journal a fundamentally global perspective.
  • IPG offers a forum for tackling the political problems in an increasingly global society from a multidisciplinary, if possible from an interdisciplinary perspective. The journal welcomes contributions which analyze world politics in terms not only of political science, but also of economics, sociology, or cultural studies.
  • IPG provides an open platform for controversial ideas, new explanations, and policy recommendations; for debates, critical analyses, and "thinking outside the box." Pluralism, in both the intellectual and the political sense, is constitutive of the journal's self-understanding. According to its founding creed, understanding will not flourish in the belief that one already has it.
  • IPG addresses readers in politics, the economy and civil society, academia and education as well as the media and public administration. The journal wants to diffuse insights and ideas beyond the world of experts, since a broad and inclusive discourse is the basis of an active democracy.
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