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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 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 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 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"

Event organized by CPS



CPS_Conference_june.pdfHere the programme in PDF


The CPS at the ISA and IPSA World Congresses 2014

Event organized by CPS

The Committee on Political Sociology has organised several sessions to the next ISA World Congress (Yokohama, 13-19 July) and IPSA Conference (Montréal, 19-24 July).

The CPS also contributes to the Joint session of RC18 Political Sociology, RC47 Social Classes and Social Movements and RC48 Social Movements, Collective Action and Social Change on Rethinking Democracies: Social Movements and Democratic Processes

Here you can find more info and details about the panels at the IPSA Wolrd Congress

Here you can find more info and details about the panels at the ISA Wolrd Congress


IPSA - 2014 World Congress Montréal

Event organized by CPS

CPS has been allowed to present 10 RC "closed" panels to the International Political Science Association will be held in Montréal (July 19-24, 2014).

CPS members and colleagues are invited to propose a closed-panel.

The deadline to submit closed-panels is October 7. Colleagues interested in submitting a closed-panel are invited to send their proposal to Piero Ignazi (piero.ignazi@unibo.it) by September 30.

Requirement for "closed panels": Title; 250 words abstract; chair; co-chairs; discussants; 4 to 6 paper givers (and their titles)

CPS - staff


ISA 2014 World conference (on line asbtract submitting)

Event organized by CPS

Dear colleagues,

CPS has organized 18 panels at next 2014 ISA World Congress (Yokohama, 13-19 July, 2014).

Those who present a paper are kindly invited to submit their own abstract by September 30 (here the link)

CPS - Staff


Italian Society of Political Science - SISP annual conference

Announcement by CPS

Società italiana di Scienza politica

12 – 14 September 2013

SISP conference

The SISP Annual Meeting offers the opportunity to explore and discuss core issues, new theoretical and methodological perspectives and recent research results in political science.

The programme includes a plenary event, the Assembly of SISP members and numerous panels, divided in thematic sections, in which participants present and discuss recent research and analyses of high scientific impact and visibility.

Locations 2013

The meeting is organized by the Department of Political and Social Sciences and the Interuniversity Research Center on Southern Europe at the University of Florence. The activities will take place in Florence at D6 and D15 buildings – 50127 Florence.

For more information on how to reach the Department, please click here.

For a map of the Novoli Campus, please click here.

For a list of hotels at the discounted conference rate, please click here.

You can find further information on travel, accommodation, administrative procedures by clicking here.

Marked map of the Conference, click here.

Several exhibitions and sale stands of different publishers will be located in the hall of the Department of Political and Social Sciences. A list of the events and publishers is available here.


IPSA 2014 - Montréal

Announcement by CPS

From July 19-24, 2014, the International Political Science Association will hold its World Congress in Montréal under the theme "Challenges of Contemporary Governance". We invite you to share your research on innovative answers to the questions of citizens, their political, associative and socio-economic representatives and the policy makers who are working constantly to improve the quality of governance.

The website for the 23rd World Congress of Political Science is accepting panel and paper proposals. Please visit the website http://ipsa.org/events/congress/montreal2014/theme for complete details on the congress and its main themes as well as important deadlines and submission guidelines.

The deadline to submit open-panel submissions has been extended to July 11. This deadline applies to all open panel submissions. Please note the difference below for open versus closed panels:

Open panel - Panel does not have any papers and is open to paper submissions once the panel is accepted. Closed panel - Panel includes invited papers (paper authors are already scheduled to present to the panel). Anyone can submit a panel/abstract. You do not need to be a member of IPSA. In order to submit a panel/abstract, however, you must hold an IPSA online account. You will asked to create an IPSA account when you submit a panel/abstract if you do not already have one.

To submit a panel: www.ipsa.org/events/congress/montreal2014/submit-panel To submit an abstract/paper proposal: www.ipsa.org/events/congress/montreal2014/submit-abstractpaper-proposal Don’t miss this great opportunity to present your work to peers, learn from others and meet political scientists from around the world.

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