Finland's modern, technologically advanced welfare state is, in fact, a fairly recent creation. The social changes in Finland through which these post-industrial structures were introduced occurred much later than elsewhere in the West. However, once underway, such changes took place with unprecedented rapidity. 

This book is the story of what happens to parties, governments and voters when the fundamental features that conditioned party formation and voter alignments undergo a rapid transformation. It is this perspective that makes the Finnish case interesting, and to the largest extent possible, this book therefore examines Finland in a comparative perspective. 

Karvonen's study is based on a wealth of new primary evidence. It demonstrates that Finland is indeed a special case in certain respects, especially when it comes to the attenuation of ideological rivalry and the recurrent waves of populist protest.


Call for Paper proposals for the 2015 Joint Sessions of Workshops 19/11/2014

The Joint Sessions of Workshops will be held in the bustling and vibrant city of Warsaw. The Workshops are highly valued by political and social scientists across the World for its unique format encouraging scholars to gather and discuss their research in a focused environment. With each Workshop limited to 15-20 participants, each Paper can benefit from thorough discussion.

Workshops have been approved and Paper proposals can now be submitted. Proposals must be submitted through the online form. The deadline for Paper proposals is 1 December 2014. If you have any further questions, please email Marcia Taylor at 

Annual Meeting of APSA – Call for Paper proposals for the ECPR Panel 18/11/2014

The Annual Meeting of APSA will be held in San Francisco between 3 – 6 September 2015. The ECPR will be running a Panel entitled, 'Responses to Political Corruption: the Anti-Corruption Record.'  In the past twenty years there have been an increasing number of cases of exposure of corruption in politics, generating national and international debate.

This debate has focused, amongst other things, on the causes of corruption and what measures might be taken to prevent it from occurring again. Yet, what measures have governments actually taken in this period? Has the rhetoric of anti-corruption lived up to the reality of anti-corruption measures? Has there been a perceived reduction of corruption or opportunities for corruption as a result of these measures? And if the reality has not lived up to the rhetoric what are the reasons for this? More generally, what forms of anti-corruption measures are likely to work best and why?

The ECPR is interested in receiving Paper proposals for empirical case studies and comparative analyses or general or theoretical contributions to the anti-corruption debate. The ECPR has a particular interest in the advanced democracies of North America and Europe, including the European Union as a supra-national actor. However, proposals on any aspect of anti-corruption will be considered for inclusion in the panel. Proposals and expressions of interest should be emailed to the Chair of the Panel, ECPR Director, Martin Bull at by 7 December 2014.

Last chance to submit your Section for the ECPR General Conference 17/11/2014

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 midnight on 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.