59th ISA Annual Convention

San Francisco, California, USA, 4th – 7th April, 2018

‘The Power of Rules and Rule of Power’

IAPSS Panel on ‘The Diversity of Power: Perspectives from Domestic and International Politics’

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: (1) the uncertainties entailed in power sharing by the legislative and the executive in Tunisia; (2) to what extent and how the EU through the European Neighborhood Policy, influenced the democratic transition in Tunisia; and (3) what impact the EU had regionally, focusing on its achievements and shortfalls in addressing the main issues in the Middle East and North Africa. 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.

25th IPSA World Congress

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

‘Borders and Margins’

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.

12th ECPR General Conference

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

IAPSS Section on ‘The Promises and Perils of Globalization

The phenomenon of globalization is one of the most contested ones of our age. This Section aims to subject to critical scrutiny the ways in which it 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 promises to:

• 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.

Thus, an additional expected contribution of the Section rests in identifying the lack of globalization, as commonly understood by, for instance, Anthony Giddens, in areas where one would expect it to flourish.

The Call for Applications is to follow.