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 2016-), Mihai Chihaia (Delegations Coordinator, 2015-), 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, 2015-)

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, 2015-) and Vit Simral (Head of the Academic Department, 2014-2016)

IAPSS represented by: Max Steuer (Head of the Academic Department, 2016-), 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”