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Could you shape the future of the ECPR? 13/10/2014

For the last 44 years the ECPR has been instrumental in shaping the development of the discipline. With a portfolio of major international events, highly ranked publications, prestigious prizes and an institutional membership that is growing year on year, the ECPR remains at the cutting edge of political science and is the association for all involved in its study.

By the end of March 2015, the term of office will expire for five Executive Committee members who were elected in 2009, and for two Executive Committee members who were co-opted to vacancies following the 2012 election.
Now is your opportunity to shape the future of the ECPR by nominating yourself to join the Executive Committee.

If you think you have what's needed to take the ECPR forward for the next six years you can nominate yourself via the ECPR website. Please see the 2015 EC Election guidelines for a full description of each stage of the election and the eligibility criteria. The Nomination stage opens on the 15 October and closes on the 15 November 2014.

Call for Sections for the ECPR General Conference open 12/10/2014

The 2015 ECPR General Conference will take place in Montreal - the first time in ECPR's history that any of our events have been held outside of Europe. Sections can now be proposed here. The deadline for all Section proposals is 17 November 2014. Please note – all proposers must have a MyECPR account. If you do not already have one, you can create one here. Please do not create multiple accounts. If you are now at a new institution, please log in and update your profile accordingly. You can request a password reminder here.

Up-to-date, empirical research, edited by Simone Abendschön, that seeks new answers to Fred Greenstein's still-valid question: Who learns what from whom, under what circumstances, and with what effects? Contributors argue that political socialisation does not develop independently, but is shaped by the society in which it is embedded.

This book, which includes quantitative approaches as well as innovative case studies, examines the importance of socialisation agents and contexts, and looks at the timing of political socialisation. Chapters shed light on old problems and topics, using new methodological approaches or dealing with long-neglected perspectives such as young children's democratic learning.

'A collection of highly topical and well elaborated pieces of research' — Christ'l De Landtsheer, University of Antwerp

Is 'representative democracy' more elitist than commonly assumed?

This book offers new approaches to empirical studies on the relationship between citizens and their chosen representatives, focusing on their interaction during mandate periods between elections.

By thinking broadly about between-election phenomena, contributors to Between-Election Democracy integrate research literatures that study parallel representative relationships. They aim to identify questions that may have remained unanswered in representation research, and to reconceptualise 'responsiveness', acknowledging that elected representatives must communicate the reasons for their actions – but not necessarily adapt to citizens' wishes.
' important and original contribution to the literature on political representation' Jacques Thomassen, University of Twente