During our five years as co-editors, we had the good fortune of receiving many excellent submissions. The work of our predecessors, particularly Bob Keohane, Peter Katzenstein, and Steve Krasner, created the structure IO still enjoys: high academic standing, intellectual openness, an efficient but rigorous review process, timely editorial response, and valuable feedback to authors. Our immediate predecessor, John Odell, significantly broadened the substantive scope of the journal, making it into a "full service" outlet for research on all facets of world politics. The result was a constant stream of excellent submissions.We aspired to navigate the flow rather than chart a new channel. Nonetheless, mostly reflecting changes then underway in the field, submissions and then published articles started to include more formal and quantitative research, presenting new challenges in recruiting excellent reviewers. During our tenure, we were proud to publish outstanding articles on an incredibly wide range of topics from diverse theoretical perspectives and using varied methodologies.
Peter Gourevitch is distinguished professor emeritus of political science at the University of California, San Diego. He was founding dean of the School of Global Policy and Strategy at UCSD, serving from 1986 to 1998. His numerous publications on international relations and comparative politics, include Political Power and Corporate Control: The New Global Politics of Corporate Governance, (with James Shinn; 2005), United States—Japan Relations & International Institutions After the Cold War (1995), New Challenges to International Cooperation: Adjustment of Firms, Policies and Organizations to Global Competition (1993), Politics in Hard Times: Comparative Responses To International Economic Crises (1986). Gourevitch is currently studying corporate governance systems in a globalizing world economy, comparing differences in the way countries structure companies and their relationship to shareholders. He co-edited the journal International Organization, and has received many prestigious awards and appointments. In 2008 he was a Rockefeller Bellagio Residential Fellow, in 2005/2006 both a Visiting Scholar at the Russell Sage Foundation in New York and a Guggenheim Fellow. He was elected in 1996 to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
David A. Lake is the Jerri-Ann and Gary E. Jacobs Professor of Social Sciences and Distinguished Professor of Political Science at the University of California, San Diego. He has published widely in international relations theory and international political economy. His most recent book is The Statebuilder’s Dilemma: On the Limits of External Intervention (2016). In addition to nearly 100 scholarly articles and chapters, he is the author of Power, Protection, and Free Trade: International Sources of U.S. Commercial Strategy, 1887-1939 (1988), Entangling Relations: American Foreign Policy in its Century (1999), and Hierarchy in International Relations (2009). He has also co-edited ten volumes on a variety of topics in international political economy, security studies, and international organizations. He is co-author of a comprehensive textbook on World Politics: Interests, Interactions, and Institutions (Third Edition 2016).
Lake was the co-editor of the journal International Organization, founding chair of the International Political Economy Society (2005-2012), Program Co-Chair of the Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association (2007), President of the International Studies Association (2010-2011), and current President of the American Political Science Association. At UCSD, Lake has served as Research Director for International Relations at the Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation (1992-1996 and 2000-2001), chair of the Political Science department (2000-2004), Associate Dean of Social Sciences (2006-2015), Acting Dean of Social Sciences at UCSD (2011-12), and Director of the Yankelovich Center for Social Science Research (2013-2015). He was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2006 and a was fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences in 2008-2009.