Montreal registration opens 2 April 30/03/2015

Montreal General Conference Panel and Paper proposers will be informed via email by the 2 April of whether they have been successful. Registration for this event also opens on the 2 April; don’t forget to state whether you would like a printed programme for the event when you do so – a PDF of the programme will be available online as well as a free Conference App, so if you don’t think you’ll need a printed version remember to ‘opt out’.

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