SSMT - Second chance to register for fully booked course 27/03/2015

We are pleased to let you know that, due to popular demand, a second ‘Qualitative Data Analysis: Concepts and Approaches’ course, instructed by Marie-Hélène Paré, has now been added to the schedule of the Summer School in Methods and Techniques.

Originally only available during the second week, you can now register for the course during the first week by clicking here.

For the full course list, please click here.

Little is known about the political views of non-dissident Chinese intellectuals. For this book, Émilie Frenkiel has been granted unprecedented access to the discussions of politically committed Chinese who have been part of the intellectual debate on post-Tiananmen reform. Her in-depth research elicits lively views that reflect the yearnings and fears of the country’s political elite, and reveal the diversity of approaches to China’s democratisation. 

'In the west, where most of us think that democracy based on competitive elections is mankind’s ultimate political journey’s end, we tend to hear only the opinions of Chinese who share our beliefs. Frenkiel’s book gives voice to prominent Chinese academics, helping us better understand ‒ without reinforcing our prejudices ‒ what they think about their present and prospective political system. This rich, informative and refreshing inquiry will help us view the contemporary political debate in China through less distorted lenses.'
Pasquale Pasquino, New York University 


European integration is under pressure. At the same time, the notion of a European administrative space is being explicitly voiced. But does a shared idea of the public servant exist? 

Combining conceptual and institutional history with political thought and empirical political science, this volume shows how the public servant has been conceived throughout history, and asks whether such conceptions are converging towards a common European identity. Sager & Overeem's timely analysis constitutes an original effort to integrate history of ideas and cutting-edge survey research, presenting the subject's ideational foundations as well as its modern manifestation in European administrative space. 

'...opens intriguingly diverse perspectives and raises key research questions on a seminal public issue that deserves priority attention for those who wish the EU experiment success.' 
Richard Stillman, University of Colorado 

Seven New Members of the Executive Committee Elected 24/02/2015

From 15 October 2014 to 15 February 2015, the European Consortium for Political Research conducted a three-stage process to elect seven of the twelve members to the organisation’s Executive Committee. The elections were supervised by the Speaker of the ECPR Council, Prof. David Farrell and a full report is available. 

No fewer than 18 candidates put their names forward during the nomination stage, which resulted in 15 valid nominations. After the withdrawal of one of the nominations, the Official Representatives of the ECPR member institutions could register their endorsement.  At the end of this stage, 12 candidates were sufficiently endorsed, and their names went into the final ballot. In the voting stage, 155 Official Representatives participated. The newly elected members are (in alphabetical order):

Maurizio Carbone (University of Glasgow)
Kris Deschouwer (Vrije Universiteit Brussel)
Mary Farrell (University of Plymouth)
Reuven Hazan (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
Petri Koikkalainen (University of Lapland)
Birgit Sauer (University of Vienna)
Anna M. Sroka (University of Warsaw)

They will join the ongoing members (Rudy Andeweg, Klaus Goetz, Ólafur Th. Hardarson, Richard Katz and Luca Verzichelli) in the 2015-2018 Executive Committee which will take office after the Joint Sessions in Warsaw, on 31 March 2015.