Welcome to the website of the Newsletter for the American Political Science Association’s (APSA) Comparative Politics Section. The Newsletter publishes symposia on various substantive and methodological issues, highlights new data sets of broad appeal, and generally informs the community about field-specific developments. Recent symposia have looked at race and ethnic politics, women/gender in comparative politics, data access and research transparency, populism, the politics of space, and sensitive data.

Our most recent newsletter has recently been posted. View it here, or see one of our previous newsletters in our archive.


About the Section

The Organized Section in Comparative Politics is the largest organized section in the American Political Science Association (APSA) with over 1,300 members. The purpose of the Section is to promote the comparative, especially cross-national, study of politics and to integrate the work of comparativists, area studies specialists, and those interested in American politics. The Section organizes panels for the APSA’s annual meetings; awards annual prizes for best paperbest articlebest book, and best data set; and oversees and helps finance the publication of this newsletter. For more information, please visit the Section’s website.

About the Newsletter

The goals of the Comparative Politics Newsletter are:

  • to engender a sense of community among comparative politics scholars around the world;
  • to publish scholarly exchanges on central themes and issue in the subfield of comparative politics, and regular reviews of new publicly available data resources;
  • and to inform the membership of the section of important news in the field, about the annual meetings and the section’s events there.

It is published twice a year – once in the Spring and once in the Fall.


If you have any questions about the Newsletter or would like to contribute to a future issue, please contact the editor, Ben Smith, at bbsmith (at) ufl (dot) edu.