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The international conference 'Redefining Political Sociology' is approaching. The state of discipline as well as salient topics in various subfields will be discussed by leading scholars from different parts of the world at the Andrés Bello University of Santiago de Chile, 11-13 December 2017.

See how to register and all the relevant information, including an extended programme below on this website.


International Conference: Redefining Political Sociology

Conferencia Redefiniendo la Sociología Política

The  International Conference on 'Redefining Political Sociology' will be held in Santiago de Chile on 11-13 December 2017. The Conference will be based at the Andrés Bello University of Santiago, in collaboration with the Committee on Political Sociology (CPS).
Several leading scholars in the field of Political Sociology from different continents will be gathering to discuss the state of the discipline and its different aspects as well as to advance our knowledge of various disciplinary sub-fields. Topics include political elites, gender and politics, social movements, democracy and citizenship, organised crime, and local politics and civil society.
For registration, please follow this link
. Similtaneous translations in English and Spanish will be provided to both presenters and registered attendees.

Here, you can see instead the poster presentation of the event.
Finally, please click here to see the full programme with relevant details:
- English version of the programme
- Spanish version of the programme


Reminder - IPSA Call for Papers/Panels Closing October 25th

Dear IPSA RC06, dear Colleagues,

I just want to remind you that the deadline to answer the call for papers/panels for the IPSA World Congress of Political Science in Brisbane, July 2018 is approaching. The period for sending proposals will close on October 25, 2017.

You are very welcome to propose a contribution within the Research Committee on Political Sociology's session (RC 06).
Instructions on how to submit papers and panels (and further information) may be found on the Congress website.


Call for Papers: Redefining Political Sociology Conference

The CPS and the Andrés Bello University are glad to announce a Call for Papers for a Conference on Redefining Political Sociologyorganized by Laurence Morel (University of Lille, France), Stéphanie Alenda (Andrés Bello University, Chile), Joshua Dubrow (Polish Academy of Sciences), and Simón Escoffier (Autónoma University, Chile).
The Conference will take place on 11-13 December 2017, in Santiago de Chile.
The purpose of this conference is to build a debate on the future of political sociology. The organizers welcome papers both with a disciplinary focus or focusing on critical research on thematic subfields.

Abstracts should be sent to: salenda@unab.cl (Stéphanie Alenda) or sescoffier@ichem.cl (Simón Escoffier).
Abstracts can be written either in English or Spanish and should not exceed 300 words. They should include:
• Title of the paper.
• Name, affiliation, and address of all authors, the presenting author (please underline her/his name) should be the person submitting the abstract.
• Name of the panel in which the paper should be presented.

Submissions deadline (abstracts): 10 June
Notifications of acceptance: 29 June
Submission deadline (full papers): 10 November

The full presentation and program of the Conference, the panels, and the list of sponsoring and supporting institutions may be found in the extended version of the Call for papers.


CfP: Political Participation beyond the Post-democratic Turn

The Call for Papers is open for the International Research Workshop on 'Activation - Self-Management - Overload. Political Participation beyond the Post-democratic Turn'. This workshop will be held from 27 to 29 September 2017, organized by Ingolfur Blühdorn and Felix Butzlaff of the Institute for Social Change and Sustainability (IGN) of the Vienna University for Economics and Business.
In particular, the workshop focuses on societies whose political culture has been shaped by the European project of Enlightenment and modernity. Works from scholars from all academic disciplines are welcome. There is no conference fee.

The deadline for paper proposals is 19 March 2017.  More detail and further information may be found in the full Call for Papers.


Call for Papers: 2017 APSA Annual Meeting

The CPS will be present at the next 2017 APSA Annual Meeting on 'The Quest for Legitimacy: Actors, Audiences and Aspirations' (31 August-3 September 2017, San Francisco, USA) with the panel 'The Legitimacy of Political Executives in Democratic and Authoritarian Regimes' (see detail), organized by Ferdinand Müller-Rommel (muero@uni.leuphana.de). Papers dealing with this topic are invited. The procedure to propose a paper closes on 9 Janurary 2017.


Call for Papers: 2017 ECPR Joint Sessions

A call for papers is open for three workshops to be held at the 2017 ECPR Joint Sessions of Workshops (25-30 April 2017, Nottingham, UK). The workshops are organized by the CPS Working Group on 'Member and Activists of Political Parties' (MAPP). The procedure to propose a paper closes on 1 December 2016.

The topics of the workshops are the following:

  1. Political Parties as Arena for Descriptive Representation (directed by Braum Wauters and Knut Heidar)
  2. Political Leadership and Democratic Innovations: Primaries, Intra-Party Democracy and Their Impact on Political Elites (directed by Giulia Sandri and Antonella Seddone)
  3. Rethinking Intra-Party Cohesion in Time of Party Transformation (directed by Caroline Close and Sergiu Gherghina)


CPS Conference in Paris Held in September 2016

The CPS Conference held in Sciences Po Paris on September 22-23 on 'Referendum Politics, Policies and Political Effects of Referendums in EU Countries' (see programm) gathered experts on the subject from all over Europe. Thanks again to IPSA (International Political Science Association) and Sciences Po for their financial support! The Conference will have as an output a book, which is to be published by Routledge next year.


CPS Panel at the Next APSA Conference

CPS will be present at the next American Political Science Association (APSA) Conference in Philadelphia, 1-4 September 2016. CPS will promote a panel on 'Migrants' Representation. The Role of Parties, Electoral Systems and Mobilization' (chair: Luis Ramiro; discussant: Silvia Erzeel).

Abstract: This panel examines the drivers of migrant’s political representation in Europe from a Political Sociology perspective. With novel data on all national MPs coming from the Pathways project (http://www.pathways.eu/) for eight European countries – Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain and the United Kingdom – for the period since the early 1990s, the four papers examine how political parties, electoral systems and mobilization from various groups shape the levels of political representation gained by citizens of immigrant origin (CIOs) – migrants and their descendants – across Europe.

You can access further information on paper givers and paper abstracts here.


CPS Panel at the 10th Congress of the Brasilian Association of Political Science

After concluding an agreement for collaboration, CPS will be present at the next 10th Congress of the Brasilian Association of Political Science (ABCP) in Belo Horizonte, 30 August-2 September 2016.

The title of this special session will be 'Political Science and Political Sociology: Opposing, Alternative or Compatible Traditions?'

Please find more information at this link.


CPS Conference 'Referendum, Policies and Political Effects in EU Countries'

CPS is proud to announce that a Conference on 'Referendum, Policies and Political Effects in EU Countries' will be held in Paris (France) on 22-23 September 2016. The Conference will be held under the auspices of the Research Committee on Political Sociology of the International Political Science Association (IPSA RC06/ISA RC18); the Research Committee on Elections, Citizens and Parties of the International Political Science Association (IPSA RC23); and the Research Group on Democratic Procedures (PROCEDEM), CEVIPOF. The event is sponsored by CEVIPOF, IPSA Committee on Research and Training and IPSA/ISA Research Committee on Political Sociology.

The Conference is organized by:

  • Laurence Morel (university of Lille & CEVIPOF, Chair of IPSA RC06/ISA RC18)
  • Anika Gauja, University of Sydney, Vice-Chair of IPSA RC23
  • Matt Qvortrup, Coventry University

The Conference will be introduced by a keynote lecture of Guy Lachapelle (IPSA Gen. Secr., Concordia University, Montréal) on: How to organize a referendum to be sure that its result will be respected?

The Conference benefits from two IPSA seed grants.

You may find a detailed presentation of the Conference in English and French, by clicking here.

The full programm can be read here.


CPS Panels at the 24th IPSA Congress

The CPS will be present at the next IPSA World Congress of Political Science (23-28 July 2016-Poznań, Poland) with 13 panels on the following topics:

Information on chairs, discussants, paper givers and time schedules and other details can be found here.


CfP: International Conference 'A Great Transformation?', 10-13 January 2017, Linz

An International Conference on the topic 'A Great Transformation? Global Perspectives on Contemporary Capitalisms' will be held at the Johannes Kepler University of Linz (Autria), 10-13 January 2017. A call for papers is open. ​Abstracts should be limited to a maximum of 500 words. Please, send the abstracts and full papers to great.transformation@jku.at.

  • Deadline for submitting abstracts: 30 April 2016
  • Notification of acceptance: 30 June 2016
  • Deadline for submitting full papers: 30 November 2016

Conference homepage: http://www.jku.at/conferences/great-transformation

More details can be found here.


25th PhD Summer School on Political Parties and Democracy

Announcement by CPS

The CPS is glad to transmit to its members the following announcement:

25th PhD Summer School on Political Parties and Democracy (September 13 -19, 2015)

Center for the Study of Democracy, Leuphana University Lüneburg/Germany

We are pleased to announce that the Center for the Study of Democracy (CSD) at Leuphana University Lüneburg, Germany, will host the 25th annual PhD Summer School on Political Parties and Democracy of the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) Standing Group of Political Parties. Participants of the Summer School will have the opportunity to critically discuss current research on political parties and to present their own research projects. Classes will be taught by an international team of leading academics under the direction of Professor Ferdinand Müller-Rommel (Leuphana University Lüneburg).

Thematically focusing on the role and the function of political parties in contemporary democracies, the program is unique among international summer schools. Its theme is high on the agenda of young researchers, with an enormous increase in the number of doctoral dissertations dealing with political parties being observable in recent years.

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Berlin Summer School in Social Sciences

Announcement by CPS


Linking Theory and Empirical Research Berlin, July 19 – August 1, 2015

We are delighted to announce the 5th Berlin Summer School in Social Sciences. The summer school aims at promoting young researchers by strengthening their methodological understanding in linking theory and empirical research. The two weeks program creates an excellent basis for the advancement of their current research designs.

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Workshop on Different Aspects of Policy Expertise in and for Political Parties

Event sponsored by CPS

On February 13, 2015, a workshop on Different Aspects of Policy Expertise in and for Political Parties will be held at the Faculty of Social Sciences (Institute of Political Studies and Institute of Sociological Studies) of the Charles University of Prague.

The workshop is organized within the frame of the research project Policy-Related Expertise in Czech Political Parties financed by the Czech Science Foundation and it is held under the auspieces of the CPS and the IPSA RC32.

Further information and the workshop programme can be found here.


Conference on Methods in Political Science: A Rainbow of Challenges

Event sponsored by CPS

The IPSA RC06 on Political Sociology is one of the supporting committees of the next conference on research methods in political science organized by the IPSA Committee on Research and Training. The conference will take place at the Faculty of Political and Social Sciences of the University of Antwerp (Belgium) on September 17-18, 2015.

The deadline for abstracts (250 words) is March 1, 2015.

More details can be found here. For any further query, please contact the IPSA Liaison Representative of the Research Committees at the IPSA EC, Prof. Christ'l De Landtsheer (christl.delandtsheer@uantwerpen.be).


CPS panel at the next APSA Annual Meeting

Event organized by CPS

The CPS, which has one reserved panel at the Annual Meeting of the APSA (San Francisco, September 3-6, 2015), has proposed this year a panel titled “How Party Organizations Shape Democratic Outcomes”, co-sponsored with the APSA organised section 5 on “Political organisations and parties”. The proposed panel will draw upon novel data on political party organization in modern democracies collected by a large international research group (the Political Party Database Project; http://www.politicalpartydb.org). The papers are expected to present comparative analyses on questions relating to the way political parties organize in contemporary democracies. These include patterns of party organizational strength, party membership, the degree of intra- party democracy (IPD), candidate selection rules and their impact on descriptive representation (particularly gender equality), and party linkages to social groups.

For more information contact Emilie Van Haute (evhaute@ulb.ac.be)


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CPS conference on "Political Parties"

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CPS_Conference_june.pdfHere the programme in PDF

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