Call for Papers

Colombia Internacional

Colombia Internacional

Call for papers

Colombia Internacional, published by the Political Science Department of the Universidad de los Andes (Bogotá, Colombia), invites the academic community to participate in its next call for submissions on Profiles of the Latin American Political Elites. Papers should be submitted between the 1st – 30th October, 2015.

This special issue aims to contribute to the academic debate on the characteristics and profiles of Latin American political elites. To this end, we encourage those interested to submit work which maps the profiles of Latin American rulers/parliamentarians so that these may be linked with the following themes: i) the representation of the Latin American political elites, or the extent to which they perform a representative role and ii) the effect on the quality of democracy in the region. Then, in order to debate the problems derived from the so-called ‘crisis of representation,’ articles should consider current and relevant themes such as questions of gender, race, social equality/inequality, academic background, social capital, and ideology, among others. Overall, the aim will be to establish who belongs to the Latin American political elites and examine factors which may explain why these elites are constituted as they are, both at an executive level (presidents, vice-presidents, and ministers) and at a legislative level (parliamentarians, deputies, and senators).

The submissions may have a qualitative, quantitative or mixed research focus, and it is expected that they will attempt to:

  1. Show whether there is a relationship with the voting system (a majority vote for president; a proportional, mixed, open/closed list voting system for Congress). We also insist, particularly in the case of parliamentarians, that there be a crossover study of deputies and senators in order to determine whether there are differences between the profiles of members that belong to different political chambers;
  2. analyze the profile of the elites, by looking at their training (academic, professional etc.), and their social, economic and cultural capital;
  3. analyze the trajectory of the officials through their political experience and participation in politics (previous employment, membership, position in the party/parties), and
  4. show the ideological preferences of the elites and the impact of these on political and social changes in each country.

This special issue will be put together by Dr. Adrián Albala (University of São Paulo), and inquiries regarding the content of the articles may be directed to him (

We invite all those interested in participating in this special issue to submit previously unpublished articles in Spanish, English, or Portuguese. Articles submitted for consideration must be in Word and comply with the journal’s standards: a maximum length of 10,000 words (18-22 pages approximately), 12 pt Times New Roman font, single-spaced, letter-sized paper with 3 cm margins. The first page must include an abstract of no more than one hundred words. Author information should be submitted in a separate file. Footnotes and bibliographic references must be cited using the author-date system from Chicago Manual of Style used by the journal. Details of the manuscript submission guidelines can be found at

During the call for papers, manuscripts may be submitted via the link on the journal’s website ( or by e-mail (

All the articles will undergo the following evaluation process. First, the Editorial Team assesses whether the article meets the basic requirements established by the journal and its pertinence for publication in a political science journal. Subsequently, all accepted submissions will be evaluated by two academic peers and the Editorial Team. The authors will be informed of the results of these evaluations within six months of the final submission date. Articles sent to Colombia Internacional for evaluation cannot simultaneously be in the process of being evaluated by another publication.