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Deliberative Mini-PublicsThis collection of essays, edited by Kimmo Grönlund, André Bächtiger and Maja Setälä, makes up the first book-length account of the booming phenomenon of mini-publics.

The authors offer a systematic review of the variety of mini-publics, discuss their weaknesses, and recommend ways to make them a viable component of democracy. 

Contributions take stock of deliberative mini-publics' diverse practices and, more concretely, look at their preconditions, processes, and outcomes. They also provide a critical assessment of, in particular, mini-publics' lack of policy impact. 

Bringing together leading scholars in the field, notably James S Fishkin and Mark E Warren, Deliberative Mini-Publics will speak to anyone with an interest in democracy and democratic innovations. 

Last chance to register for the ECPR Summer School 16/07/2014

Essential to progressing in your academic career, the Summer School offers intermediate level programmes covering the qualitative and quantitative spectrum. In addition, computer software courses are held prior to the main courses so you have ample time to get up to speed. A diverse range of experienced Instructors supported by dedicated Teaching Assistants will guide and support you throughout the School.

Take a look at the Course List now. The deadline for registration is 17 July 2014. For further information please contact Denise Chapman.

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Brand new from ECPR Press: Gianfranco Poggi on 'Varieties of Political Experience' 26/06/2014

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What forms do the operations of political power take in the contemporary state? How do they relate to, interfere with, co-operate with other social processes and institutions? How should we interpret current controversies around the roles of the market and the state in the production and distribution of wealth?

The management of public affairs involves many different centres of social power, engaged in complex, mutable relations that range from cooperation, to competition, to out-and-out conflict. 

Gianfranco Poggi's book, newly published by ECPR Press, emphasises the role played in these relations by political institutions, which generally claim special competence to authorise and regulate the activities of other institutions. But their claim is often contested by other power centres, serving different – and sometimes contrasting – interests. 

To explore those processes, the author considers the dealings of political institutions with other forms of social power, in particular economic power in view of current 'state vs market' tensions. But he also considers the relations between politics at one end, and law, the public sphere, citizenship, and religion at the other.

Poggi's essays on central topics in political sociology reflect the formidable depth and breadth of his scholarship. Learned, lively, and with a critical edge, they cast historical as well as contemporary light on many corners of politics, the state, civil society and the economy. Charles Raab, University of Edinburgh

Could you edit an ECPR publication? 03/06/2014

Publishing new research by the political science community it serves is at the heart of the ECPR’s mission. As such, editing one of the Consortium’s stable of publications can provide an opportunity to be at the cutting edge of the discipline, shaping its direction and focus.

The ECPR is recruiting for the following three roles:

Applications should be made in the form of a covering letter explaining how the candidate would develop the publication under their editorship with reference to the editorial office if applicable, and a full CV. The closing date for all roles is 24 August 2014, and all applications should be sent via e-mail to the ECPR’s Publications and Publicity Manager, Rebecca Gethen at rknapp@essex.ac.uk.

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