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Political Communication

Political Communication (ISSN 1058-4609) which was created as the successor to Political Communication and Persuasion in 1994 is a quarterly American scholarly journal that covers political communication topics.

It is published jointly by the American Political Science Association and the International Communication Association via Routledge.

The journal is described as being 'the preeminent journal in the study of media and politics.' [1]


The journal features cutting-edge theory-driven empirical research at the intersection of politics and communication. It addresses areas such as media and communications, political communication, politics and international relations and politics and the media.


In 1980 Political Communication and Persuasion was a journal founded by terrorologist Yonah Alexander. It was published by Crane Russak. Alongside this the the Politcal Communcation Division began in 1975 to publish a small annual journal called Political Communication Review (PCR). In its early years it focused on 'providing members with bibliographic or review essays, book reviews, descriptions of non-print materials available to scholars, and current bibliographies of new publications in the growing discipline.' The journal continued to be published under the joint editorship of Keith R. Sanders and Lynda Lee Kaid until 1991 when it was succeeded by Political Communication. [2]

In 1991 the Political Communication Divisions of ICA and APSA agreed to co-sponsor a new journal, combining both the Political Communication and Persuasion journal and Political Communication Review to produce a new scholarly journal called Political Communication. [2]

The newly named journal began publication as Political Communication (Volume 10) under the editorship of Doris Graber in 1994. Editorship of the journal rotates between the ICA and APSA Political Communication Divisions. [2]


Circa 2014


Book Review Editor

Editorial Board


  1. Editorial Taylor & Francis Online, accessed 25 November 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Political Communication Division, International Communication Association Political Communication, accessed 25 November 2014