The aim of the journal 'Politics, Culture and Socialization' (PCS) is to publish new and significant work in all areas of political socialization and civic education, political culture, psychology, and communications in order to achieve a better scientific understanding of the origins of political behaviors and orientations of individuals and groups.

Political socialization theory and research focus on processes by and structures through which individuals become or not become politically active and acquire or not acquire general political knowledge, and particular political beliefs, opinions, attitudes, emotions, values and behavioral intentions.

The focus of attention is on political socialization processes – including political education, information, persuasion, marketing, or propaganda and their underlying and accompanying motivations - and political socialization structures – including the family, school, mass media, peer groups, social networks, and politics.


PCS publishes new and significant work that report on current scientific research, discuss theory and methodology, or review relevant literature. It welcomes the following types of contributions on topics which fall within our aim and scope:

  • Empirical research articles
  • Theoretical articles which analyze or comment on established theory or present theoretical innovations
  • Methodological articles
  • Book reviews

The journal is published four times a year for an international audience. The content of this journal will be abstracted or indexed in relevant social indexes. Representatives from various parts of the world are included on the Board of Editors and the Editorial Advisory Committee. More information about the journal on the offical Political Socialization and Education website