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West European Politics  
Abbreviated title(s) WEP
Discipline Comparative politics
Language English
Publication details
Publisher Taylor & Francis (UK)
Publication history Published by Frank Cass, 1978-2003; by Taylor & Francis, 2004-
ISSN 0140-2382

West European Politics is a journal of comparative politics focusing on Western Europe, founded in 1978 and serving as one of the main publication venues in that field.[1] Its founding editors were Vincent Wright and Gordon Smith; the current editors are Peter Mair, Klaus Goetz, and Gordon Smith. All articles are subject to editorial screening and peer-review. Its Impact Factor in 2006 was 0.456

Vincent Wright Memorial Prize

The Vincent Wright Memorial Prize was established in 1999 to honour the memory of Vincent Wright, co-founding editor of West European Politics. Two prizes are awarded annually on the recommendation of members of the Editorial Advisory Board for the best articles published in WEP during the preceding year.


  1. ^ Russel J. Dalton (1991). "Comparative Politics of the Industrial Democracies: From the Golden Age to Island Hopping". in William Crotty. Political Science: Looking to the Future — Volume 2: Comparative Politics, Policy, and International Relations. Northwestern University Press. pp. p. 20. ISBN 0810109506.  

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