Prof. Rudy B. Andeweg (Leiden University) has been elected as Chair of the ECPR for 2015-2018, taking over from Prof. Simona Piattoni whose term expires at the Warsaw Joint Sessions in March 2015.
Prof. Andeweg is currently Professor of Empirical Political Science at Leiden University in the Netherlands. He studied Law and Government at Leiden, and Political Science at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA. He has worked as Assistant to the Dutch Government Commissioner on Administrative Reform, and he has been a visiting fellow of Nuffield College, Oxford (twice) and of the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study. He served as Chair of the Leiden Department of Political Science, and as Dean of the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences. He currently serves as the President of the Dutch Political Science Association. He has been elected to both the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Royal Holland Society of Sciences and Humanities. He has been on the ECPR’s Executive Committee since 2012 with responsibilities for Standing Groups and Constitutional Reform.
The election of Prof. Andeweg by the current Executive Committee took place during the ECPR’s General Conference in Glasgow in September and the result was announced immediately afterwards to the meeting of Council by ECPR’s Director, Prof. Martin Bull. Prof. Andeweg said “I am honoured to have been elected to chair the largest political science association in Europe, and I thank my colleagues for placing their trust in me for the coming three year period. We will work together to improve what we offer our members and to rise to the various challenges that will confront ECPR in the coming years.”
Prof. Piattoni offered her congratulations to Prof. Andeweg on being elected Chair and wished him all the best for the coming period. With the change in timing of Council Meetings (from the Joint Sessions to the General Conference) this was Prof. Piattoni’s last Council Meeting before she stands down. She therefore gave a presentation on the achievements of her Executive Committee since her election in 2012. On behalf of the ECPR, Prof. Bull thanked Professor Piattoni and the other Executive Committee members who would be standing down before the Council met again (Profs. Niilo Kauppi, Manuel Sanchez de Dios, Jonas Tallberg and André Kaiser - who resigned earlier in the year), as well as Birgit Sauer and Mary Farrell, who he wished to thank in case, as cooptees intending to stand for election to the next EC, they were not to be elected.
The activities and achievements of the 2012-2105 Executive Committee will be produced in written form in the three year ECPR Activities Report which will be available from March 2015.