12th ECPR General Conference

Hamburg, Germany, 22th – 25th August, 2018

IAPSS can look back at a successful delegation to the ECPR General Conference taking place in Hamburg. During the three Panels of the IAPSS Section called “The Promises and Perils of Globalization“, IAPSS members and audience discussed various paper topics. IAPSS Panels are opportunities for students and junior researchers to present their research and receive invaluable feedback helping them in their academic endeavors. We express our gratitude to the lasting support provided by ECPR.

The IAPSS Section aimed to subject to critical scrutiny the ways in which the phenomenon of globalization as one of the most contested ones of our age is understood in selected contexts, as well as its relationship to selected other phenomena, such as justice, equality, and diversity. Answering specific research questions linked to how increasing interconnectedness contributes to, or hinders, the spread of values commonly related to democratic societies helps:

  • gain a better understanding of the concept and elements of globalization;
  • identify practical solutions to the problems posed by globalization, that may rest in individual participation and engagement, as well as policy-making actions and implementation of policy measures on the ground;
  • critically reflect on scholarship arguing for the benefits triggered by globalization, but also on the rejection of these benefits by the critics of globalization;
  • question the very existence of globalization in areas spatially or temporarily determined.

IAPSS represented by: Kateryna Dyshkantyuk (President), Tobias Scholz (Vice President and Head of the International Cooperation and Public Relations Department) and Mihai Chihaia (Head of the Academic Department)

IAPSS Panels (3)

25th IPSA World Congress

Brisbane, Australia, 21st – 25th July, 2018

‘Borders and Margins’

IAPSS has successfully conducted its Delegation at the 25th IPSA World Congress held in Brisbane between July 21 and 25. 11 IAPSS members had the excellent opportunity to present their research and receive invaluable feedback that will help them in their academic endeavors. The presenters included one of the IAPSS Student Research Committees Coordinators, Miles Kitts, and IAPSS Editorial Assistant Dana Rice, and several presentations met the standards of high-quality academic research delivered by junior scholars.

From the left: Max Steuer, Tobias Scholz, Kateryna Dyshkantyuk, Prof. Dr. İlter Turan, Prof. Dr. Marianne Kneuer, Mihai Sebastian Chihaia, Wilfred Dominic Josue. © Wilfred Dominic Josue

The IAPSS representatives presented the activities of the Association and proposed future avenues of cooperation in front of the IPSA Council and the newly elected IPSA Executive Committee, and were invited by the newly elected IPSA President Prof. Dr. Marianne Kneuer to attend the meetings of the Presidents and Secretaries of National Associations and the Advisory Commission on Research as well. IPSA expressed support for the activities of IAPSS and the deepening of the partnership between the two organizations. Some of the main topics discussed included IPSA presence at IAPSS events, possibilities for mentoring programs, and the development of the IAPSS journals in cooperation with various IPSA bodies. Both IPSA and IAPSS expressed their commitment to diversity that comes with more support for students and scholars from economically disadvantaged regions, as well as pluralism and academic freedom. A common theme was found in the necessity to foster academic excellence from the early stages of research careers, and adopt measures to eliminate instances of plagiarism and predatory publishing to the greatest extent possible.

Additional meetings were held with the members of the Advisory Committee of the IAPSS journal Politikon, with the representative of the IPS Abstracts Prof. Stephen Sawyer as well as live interviews with a number of stellar political science academics including Prof. Lisa Hill, Prof. Leonardo Morlino and Prof. Pippa Norris. The delegation allowed for interaction between students and junior researchers from areas geographically distant from each other. In addition, IPSA provided IAPSS with a promotional booth that allowed to disseminate more information about its activities to the conference participants.

We express our gratitude to the lasting support provided by IPSA, with special thanks to the IPSA Past President Prof. Dr. İlter Turan, the IPSA President Prof. Dr. Marianne Kneuer, and the IPSA Secretariat. We look forward to seeing you in future IAPSS delegations to major political science conferences, including the IPSA World Congress 2020 in Lisbon.

From the left: Wilfred Dominic Josue, Anna Plunkett, Dana Rice, Rachel Ganly. © Dana Rice

IAPSS represented by: Kateryna Dyshkantyuk (President), Tobias Scholz (Vice President and Head of the International Cooperation and Public Relations Department), Mihai Chihaia (Head of the Academic Department), Max Steuer (Editor-in-Chief of Politikon: The IAPSS Journal of Political Science)

IAPSS Session on the 2018 IAPSS Annual Theme ‘Diversity and Globalization’

Summary: We live in a diverse and increasingly globalized world. Its complexities have become evident not least during several major political changes in the last few years. The discussions on both how to accommodate and institutionalize diversity as a major advantage of progress as well as on how to address political changes that can often create instability at various levels have been ongoing and no single answer seems to have been provided. Attempts to answer such questions might adopt multiple levels of analysis, ranging from the ‘global order’ and the world of principles through international and domestic institutions, specific regions and countries, up to the individual. For social science disciplines, the rapid changes also pose a challenge of understanding and explaining them with the help of available theories and methodologies. Both theory testing and theory development with refined established or novel methodologies is needed to better understand how institutions and societies can advance towards being more inclusive and better off in a diverse and globalized world.

IAPSS panels (3)

UACES Graduate Forum Conference 2018

Leuven, Belgium, 11th – 13th July, 2018

‘An Actor on Multiple Stages: the EU as a Local, Regional and Global Power’

The historically first IAPSS Delegation to the University Association for Contemporary European Studies (UACES) Graduate Forum featured a well-attended IAPSS academic panel comprising paper presentations mainly from members of the IAPSS Student Research Committees (Dimitrios Apostolopoulos from the SRC on EU Law and Politics, Raziel Miranda from the SRC on International Law and Governance, Xiao Alvin Yang from the SRC on IR Theory, as well as Mihai Sebastian Chihaia, former member of the SRC on Politics in the MENA Region). Furthermore, a fruitful discussion was held with the Graduate Forum Committee representatives over the development of cooperation between the two organizations, facilitated by the IAPSS representative Mihai Sebastian Chihaia (Head of the Academic Department).

IAPSS Panel ‘The EU’s (Supra)National Governance: Theoretical and Empirical Perspectives’. Summary: This panel brings together case studies centered on governance in the EU. The uniqueness of the EU is exemplified by, among others, the complex interaction of governance at domestic and supranational levels. In this panel, EU governance is studied both through integration theories and critical studies looking at the interaction between politics and administration at the EU level, and empirical analyses of the impact and limits of EU governance in selected policy areas and regions in the world. The panel explores issues from different (sub)fields that the EU is tackling/addressing at internal/local, regional and global level.

Photos © UACES Graduate Forum, 2018.

59th ISA Annual Convention

San Francisco, California, United States, 4th – 7th April, 2018

For the second consecutive year, an IAPSS Delegation took place to the Annual Convention of the International Studies Association (ISA), this time with an academic panel titled “The Diversity of Power: Perspectives from Domestic and International Politics”. Thereby, the IAPSS panel greatly fit the overall Convention theme “The Power of Rules and the Rule of Power”.ISA2018

The panel was chaired by IAPSS Coordinator Tobias Scholz (Social Media), who also presented a paper with the topic “Democratic Decay in India? How to Understand Right Wing Radicalization under Modi”. Luigi Cino, member of the IAPSS Student Research Committee on EU Law and Politics, presented his paper on “European Union’s Rule of Law Promotion in Post-Revolution Tunisia” as a part of his PhD project. Member of the IAPSS Academic Think Tank Working Group 2016/2017 Kamila Suchomel presented her paper “NGOs, Refugees, and the Politics of Emotion: The Use of Video Marketing to Sway Audiences to Humanitarian Ends”, that has been co-authored by another member of this working group, Jordan Shapiro. After the presentations, Dr. Patrick Theiner from University of Göttingen initiated a vivid exchange of ideas and delivered valuable input in his role as discussant of the panel.

The IAPSS Delegation to San Francisco has been a full success. Besides the IAPSS panel, the representatives from the IAPSS Board –  Vanessa Pischulti (IAPSS Treasurer) and Tobias Scholz with assistance of Jamila Glover (IAPSS Academic Coordinator) – participated in meetings with ISA representatives. In several discussions, the delegation brainstormed new paths for the existing partnership. One of these paths might involve Media Cooperation. In 17 interviews with scholars from different fields within the discipline, the delegation talked to scholars on Facebook Live about research, career and personal motivations. Part of this program was the direct involvement of IAPSS members through comments that could be posted under the videos.

We look forward to the future cooperation with ISA.

IAPSS panel summary: This panel convened by the International Association for Political Science Students aims to understand how diverse forms and sources of power interact in domestic and international politics. Focusing in particular on the Middle East, North Africa and on India it provides a set of non-exhaustive analyses of the challenges domestic and international institutions face in reducing various power imbalances. The first part of the panel with a regional focus on power distribution in the MENA region explores to what extent and how the EU through the European Neighborhood Policy, influenced the democratic transition in Tunisia. In the second part, more subtle forms and sources of power are scrutinized. Firstly, it is the power entailed in the language of nationalist discourse, which changed the Indian political landscape. Secondly, the power of NGOs will be addressed by showing how they support the perception of the Western dominance in humanitarianism with the help of video marketing.


ECPR General Conference 2017

University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway,  6th – 9th September, 2017

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The IAPSS Section on ‘The Meaning of Politics’ at the 2017 ECPR General Conference aimed to improve our understanding of politics in a variety of contexts in the contemporary society. While the outputs of the ‘science about politics’ have proliferated in recent decades with a great deal of conceptual and methodological innovations, defining what politics is and how its understanding influences the results and limitations of political research has been a rather neglected enterprise. The Section aimed at filling this gap by bringing to the forefront of the academic discussion a spectrum of ideas and interpretations that address the meaning(s) of politics and their implications on results of research in political science and related disciplines.

Oslo 3Besides the IAPSS Section, the conference encompassed a broad array of panels, and roundtables, including featured panels sponsored by APSA on ‘Political Science in the Era of Trump‘ or IPSA on ‘Academic Freedom, Democracy and Human Rights: Comparative Perspectives‘. Last but not least, the festive plenary lecture was delivered by one of the fathers of New Institutionalism in Political Science, Professor Johan P. Olsen, on ‘Democratic Accountability and the Changing European Political Order‘. We thank the European Consortium for Political Research for the excellent organization and the cooperation in the past year, and look forward to its further development as well as to the 2018 General Conference in Hamburg.

IAPSS represented by: Kateryna Dyshkantyuk (President), Max Steuer (Vice President and Head of the Academic Department), Mihai Chihaia (Delegations Coordinator)

IAPSS Panels (3)

58th ISA Annual Convention

Baltimore, Maryland, United States, February 22nd – 25th, 2017

ISA_2017_2ISA_2017For the first time since 2013, IAPSS was officially represented at one of the largest events in political science & international relations worldwide – the 58th Annual Convention of the International Studies Association in Baltimore, Maryland, on the theme ‘Understanding Change in World Politics’. The IAPSS panel held on 25 February on ‘Historical and Contemporary Patterns of Change in Polities: Case Studies’ featured five papers authored by current or former members of the IAPSS Student Research Committees and other junior scholars. We thank our partners at the International Studies Association for the cooperation on this panel.

IAPSS represented by: Wilfred Dominic Josue (Vice-President and Head of the International Cooperation and Public Relations Department 2016-2017), Kirstie Lynn Dobbs (Chair of the IAPSS SRC on Comparative Politics), Alice Martini (Vice Chair of the IAPSS SRC on Politics in the MENA Region), Soksamphoas Im (Alumni of the IAPSS SRC on Conflict and Security Studies)

Panel summary: This panel brings together a set of case studies that reflect on various patterns of political change, both historically and geographically. The papers analyze what factors have influenced a particular pattern of change, and why they have or have not been influential enough to actually trigger the change.

Papers presented (5):


ECPR General Conference 2016

ecpr-2Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic

The two panels convened by IAPSS at the ECPR General Conference in Prague presented the work of the members of IAPSS Board, Student Research Committees as well as selected other scholars. During the first day of the conference, the first IAPSS panel took place, as one of the many scheduled events, including roundtables on whether Central Europe is still ‘Post-Communist’, on ‘Professional Ethics in Political Science’ and a festive opening and plenary lecture by Rogers Brubaker. Hundreds of panels, including the second IAPSS panel, unfolded during the second and third day, together with roundtables on ‘International Institutions and Global Power Shifts’ and ‘Gender in Political Science Research’, and featured panels sponsored by the International Political Science Association (IPSA) and the American Political Science Association (APSA).

We thank our partners from the ECPR for organizing another hugely successful event and look forward to the 2017 General Conference at the University of Oslo in Norway.ecpr-4

IAPSS represented by: Max Steuer (Head of the Academic Department), Mihai Chihaia (Delegations Coordinator), Gergana Tzvetkova, Tabata Lima (members of the IAPSS Student Research Committee on IR Theory)

IAPSS Panels (2)

IPSA World Congress 2016

Poznań, Poland

Between 23 – 28 July, IAPSS has been present at the biannual World Congress of the International Political Science Association (IPSA) in Poznań. The Association’s largest event focused on “Politics in a World of Inequality” and addressed a wide range of issues in contemporary political science research. IAPSS convened its own session at the World Congress. The session comprised four panels and has been an integrative part of the program.

Based on our long-term partnership with IPSA, IAPSS members have the chance to present their research at high-level events organized by IPSA. We are grateful for this cooperation and support.

The next, 25th IPSA World Congress is to be held in 2018 in Brisbane, Australia.

IAPSS Session

Convenor: Mihai Chihaia (Delegations Coordinator)

IAPSS Panels (4)

  1. “Democracy in an Unequal World”
  2. “The Voices of Dissent”
  3. “Consolidating Democracy”
  4. “Security and Foreign Policy”


Members of the IAPSS Delegation in Poznan with selected paper presenters at the IAPSS Session

ECPR Graduate Student Conference 2016

University of Tartu, Tartu, EstoniaECPR_Tartu

At this four-day conference in July 2016, IAPSS oversaw the section ‘Democracy and  Democratization’ that included three panels presenting the work of IAPSS members as well as external researchers who successfully applied to be part of this panel. For the first time at an event hosted by a partner association, members of IAPSS Student Research Committees held an own panel as part of the section. We thank to all participants, in particular to those involved in the IAPSS section and SRC members, as well as to ECPR and the University of Tartu.

Section Co-Chairs: Mihai Chihaia (Delegations Coordinator) and Vit Simral (Head of the Academic Department, 2014-2016)

IAPSS represented by: Max Steuer (Head of the Academic Department), Isabel Köhler, Mária Gajarská Kučerová and Gergana Tzvetkova (members of IAPSS Student Research Committees)

 IAPSS Panels (3):

  1. Democratic Principles in Public Policies
  2. The Road to Democracy: An Uncertain Path?
  3. Theoretical Approaches to Democracy: Reflection on Case Studies


ECPR General Conference 2015

The European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) held its General Conference 2015 between August 26 – 29, 2015, in Montreal, Canada. The ECPR General Conference is the Association’s largest event, bringing together some 2,500 political scientists from throughout the world. Increasing demand has meant that from 2014 the General Conference became an annual event, with the 2015 Conference taking place in Montreal – the ECPR’s first ever event held outside of Europe.

IAPSS Section (3 Panels):

Chair: Vit Simral, Head of IAPSS Academic Department (2014-2016)

Co-chair: Philipp Aepler, IAPSS President (2012-2015)

Panel 1: Intervention and State-building

The panel was focused on scholarly and policy debates on contemporary international intervention and statebuilding, including Responsibility to Protect, humanitarian intervention, democracy promotion, human security, and the security-development nexus. It called for papers on the liberal peace perspective, focusing on institution building and good governance, as well as on the critical debates which expose the neo-colonial discourses of international interveners and the issue of resistance.

Panel 2: Mediation and Conflict Management

The panel invited contributions on the issue of mediation of international as well as intra-state conflicts. Papers discussing both theoretical and practical aspects of conflict management were welcome. Preference was given to works on recent and ongoing international and domestic conflicts and current approaches towards mediation, works on historical cases were, however, also considered.

 Panel 3: Cooperation and Trust-building in International Organisations

The panel welcomed submissions on the issue of cooperation and trust among members of international organisations. Authors were encouraged to submit works that transcend the boundaries of political science into the fields of other social sciences and humanities. The panel aimed to bring together papers looking at the topic from different angles, from the viewpoint of different theories and different methodologies. Case studies, comparative research as well as purely philosophical and theoretical works were considered.


IPSA World Congress 2014

Between 19 – 24 July 2014, a large delegation consisting of members of the IAPSS Executive Committee and 5 panelists attended and presented research and work in-progress at the IPSA biannual World Congress in Montreal, Canada. Due to IAPSS’ key partnership with the IPSA, the IAPSS Executive Committee was invited to attend and speak on multiple occassions, including the meeting of the IPSA Executive Committee and the IPSA Council Meeting. To strengthen ties with colleagues in North America, two meetings have been held with the Canadian Political Science Students Associations (CPSSA).

IAPSS Panels (2)

(1) “Corporate governance vs. traditional governance: new rationales, new instruments, new elites”

Chair: Alexandru Volacu, Head of IAPSS Academic Department (2013-2014)

Co-chair: Reint-Jan Groot Nuelend, IAPSS Treasuer (2013-2015)

(2) “Challenges to systems of regional cooperation: lessons (to be) learnt by EU, SAARC, ASEAN and the African Union”

Chair: Philipp Aepler, IAPSS President (2012-2015)

Co-chair: Thomas Linders, IAPSS Secretary-General


IPSA World Congress 2014

Members of the IAPSS Executive Committee with newly elected IPSA President 2014-2016, Prof. Aiji Tanaka, at the IPSA World Congress 2014 in Montreal, Canada.

Estoril Political Forum 2014

For the second time, IAPSS participated at the annual Estorial Political Forum (June 23rd – 25th, 2014), a political science meeting of a number of Europe’s oldest universities. Hosted by the Institute for Political Studies of the Catholic University of Portugal, in Lisbon, the delegation presented at Hotel Palacia in Estoril and met with fellow researchers and partners in the political science arena.

IAPSS Panel (1)

“Regime Changes and Political Transitions: Challenges Faced by Democracy in Developing Countries”

Chair: Jannick Burggraaff, University of Amsterdam

On the panel: Democracy is one of the most prominent areas within Political Science, as well as in International Relations and Comparative Politics. Many sub-areas go hand-in-hand: democratization case studies, different and multiple definitions of democracy, as well as IR theories about democratic countries foreign policy and their actions towards non-democratic ones.


54th ISA Annual  Convention

Addressing “The Politics of International Diffusion: Regional and Global Dimensions”, the 54th Annual Convention of the International Studies Association (ISA) took place in San Francisco, United States, from April 3 to April 6, 2013. Members of the IAPSS Executive Committee and five paper presenters, in collaboration with John Hopkins University, Washington D.C., held a well-visited panel.

IAPSS Panel (1)

”The Erosion Of State Authority Amid Social Media And The New Information Society”

Chair: Rodrigo Vaz, Institute for Political Studies, Catholic University of Portugal

Discussant: Steffen Westerburger, Radboud University Nijmegen (the Netherlands)

Estoril Political Forum 2013

 IAPSS Panel (1)

“The Future of Democracy”