Political Studies Association
Formation1950 (1950)
TypeLearned society
  • United Kingdom
Official language
Roger Awan Scully[1]

The Political Studies Association (PSA) is a learned society in the United Kingdom which exists to develop and promote the study of politics. It is the leading association in its field in the United Kingdom, with an international membership including academics in political science and current affairs, theorists and practitioners, policy makers, researchers and students in higher education.

The PSA was founded in 1950, following the establishment of the International Political Science Association in 1949, and was initially supported by a grant from UNESCO.[2]

The PSA has a network of over fifty "Specialist Groups" that provide a research focus for members and receive support from the PSA.[3]


The PSA publishes five journals:


The PSA holds an annual awards ceremony,[7] giving prizes to political scientists, journalists and politicians. Academic prizes include the Sir Isaiah Berlin Prize, for lifetime contribution to political studies and the W. J. M. Mackenzie Book Prize for the best book published in political science during the preceding year.[8]

In 2000, to celebrate its 50th anniversary, the PSA also awarded one-off Lifetime Achievement Awards to Brian Barry, Jean Blondel, David Butler, Bernard Crick, Denis Healey, Edward Heath, Stanley Hoffmann, Roy Jenkins, and Richard Rose.[9][10]

In 2012, Professor Vicky Randall, who served as chair of the association from 2008 until 2011, was granted a Special Recognition Award in honour of “her tireless work integrating gender analysis into political science and her efforts to secure fairer representation of women in political life and the study of politics”.[11]


  1. ^ "PSA announces new Chair and Vice-Chair". News. Political Studies Association. 2017-02-03. Retrieved 2017-04-12.
  2. ^ "Political Studies UK: Studying, Teaching and Researching Politics in the United Kingdom" (PDF). Political Studies Association. 2004. Archived from the original (PDF) on September 25, 2006. Retrieved 2008-04-10.
  3. ^ "Political Studies Association: Specialist Groups". Political Studies Association. 2007. Retrieved 2016-10-24.
  4. ^ "Political Insight | The Political Studies Association (PSA)". Political Insight | The Political Studies Association (PSA). Retrieved 2022-12-18.
  5. ^ http://www.politicalstudies.org/ Political Studies (journal)
  6. ^ http://www.politicalstudiesreview.org/ Political Studies Review
  7. ^ "PSA Annual Awards". Political Studies Association. Retrieved 2016-10-29.
  8. ^ "Prizes". Political Studies Association. Retrieved 2016-10-29.
  9. ^ "Accolade for the best in political studies". British Academy. 2000-11-21. Retrieved 2008-04-10.
  10. ^ "Political Studies Association of the United Kingdom 50th Anniversary" (PDF). 2000. Retrieved 2016-10-24.
  11. ^ "Statement on the Passing of Former PSA Chair, Professor Vicky Randall". The Political Studies Association, 27Nov2019