Concept & Structure

The IAPSS Academic Think Tank (ATT)/Academic Committee (ACOM) aims at the academic exchange and cooperation among members of IAPSS. Established as the IAPSS Think Tank in 2014, its scope was extended in 2017 and its members gained the affiliation of the newly formed IAPSS Academic Committee as well. The ATT is an academic structure which intends to bring together students from MA, PhD and post-doctoral level into a research community focused on a specific annual theme.

The IAPSS ATT working group – a group of 5-8 postgraduate students – researches and works on academic or policy papers, essays and other forms of publication in a strongly collaborative fashion. Supported by the Academic Coordinator, members work both individually and collectively, mutually stimulating each other through debate, ongoing review and exchange. The process enables identifying strengths and weaknesses, reviewing and improving the applied research designs and methodology, and therewith producing high-quality publications during a continous learning process.

Results of the work are published and disseminated either in IAPSS Publications (our journals Encuentro Latinoamericano and POLITIKON), in other forms (e.g. conference papers, collective volumes) and with external partners. They intend to represent a significant student contribution to current debates and research within the wider field of political science and adjacent disciplines. Members of the IAPSS ATT are also encouraged to host guest panels at IAPSS Conferences (e.g. the IAPSS World Congress, the IAPSS Autumn Convention, and the IAPSS Conference in Latin America), with travel grants provided (budget allowing).

The Theme of 2017-2018: ‘The Dynamics of Globalization’

It can be argued that globalization is the most important change in human history (Bauman 2003). It is a complex phenomenon that has multifaceted effects on society.  As a result, globalization and its effects have been both largely praised and criticized. The ATT members of 2017/18 will use their various theoretical and methodological specializations to examine issues, debates and controversies related to the intended and (un)intended consequences of globalization. Core topics include but are not limited to:

  • inequality and globalization,
  • the ways in which various actors (nation-states, non-state actors, and society) impact/shape globalization,
  • the rise of nationalism as an unintended consequence of globalization,
  • the role and impact of non-state actors in globalization,
  • the relationship of a country’s political structure and globalization.

Inquiries & Contact

You’re interested in the work of the IAPSS ATT/ACOM? You’d like to get in touch with us to discuss a cooperation?

Then do not hesitate to consult with Jamila Glover, the IAPSS Academic Coordinator, at