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
- 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.