Reminder: Call for Papers on Political Public Relations

The Public Relations Society of America and the Public Relations Journal are pleased to announce a special issue of the Public Relations Journal dedicated to the emerging area of political public relations, defined as “the management process by which an organization or individual actor for political purposes, through purposeful communication and action, seeks to influence and to establish, build, and maintain beneficial relationships and reputations with its key publics to help support its mission and achieve its goals” (Strömbäck & Kiousis, 2011).

The special issue will be edited by Jesper Strömbäck and Spiro Kiousis, and submissions should make significant contributions to the profession’s development as well as offer theoretical and empirical contributions to further the scholarship of political public relations, broadly defined as above. Submissions from both scholars and practitioners are encouraged.

The deadline for abstracts is April 1, 2012. Decisions on which abstracts to accept will be made by May 15, 2012. The deadline for final manuscripts is January 1, 2013.

Abstracts and manuscripts for the special issue must conform to the requirements of regular submissions to the Journal, as detailed here. Abstracts and submissions are to be submitted to the guest editors, Dr. Spiro Kiousis, APR, at, or Dr. Jesper Stromback at with the subject line “PR Journal Political Public Relations Issue.”

New articles on political public relations

Now the latest issue of Journal of Public Relations Research has been published, and it includes three articles that are relevant in the context of political public relations:

– Nonprofit in Crisis: An Examination of the Applicability of Situational Crisis Communication Theory, by Hilary Fussel Sisco;

–  Are All Crises Opportunities? A Comparison of How Corporate and Government Organizations Responded to the 2009 Flu Pandemic, by Sora Kim & Brooke Fisher Liu; and

– Public Segmentation and Government-Public Relationship Building: A Cluster Analysis in the United States and 19 European Countries, by Hyehyun Hong, Hyojung Park, Youngah Lee & Jongmin Park.

As a consequence, today we have updated our list of articles in political public relations. If you miss any articles on that list, please let us know!