Call for Papers: Special issue 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.”



Welcome to Political Public Relations

Welcome to Political Public Relations, a site devoted to theory and research on political public relations. This site was founded to encourage and spread knowledge about academic research on political public relations, and to function as a resource center for academics and practitioners interested in this field of research. As we have just founded the website, a lot of work remains before it is fully developed, but we would appreciate any comments and suggestions, and if you know about books, journal articles or book chapters on political public relations that we should highlight at this site, please let us know. We are particularly interested in publications in which public relations theories are applied to political contexts or processes. Our contact information can be found here.