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This collection brings together some of the most significant and influential work by leading comparativist Peter Mair (1951–2011). 

The selection ranges from considerations on the relevance of concept formation to the study of party systems and party organisations; and from reflections on the democratic legitimacy of the European Union to the future of party democracy. 

Including frequently cited papers alongside lesser-known work, the writings collected in this volume attest to the broad scope and depth of Mair’s insights into comparative party politics, and the changing realities of party government. As such, they form an important and enduring contribution to the study of politics, and a fitting tribute to an inspirational and much-missed figure in the global political science community. 

Edited and introduced by Ingrid van Biezen, with an intellectual portrait of Peter Mair by Stefano Bartolini and Hans Daalder. 

'...a suitable tribute to an intellectual giant in the field of comparative politics'
David Farrell, University College Dublin 

Della Porta & MattoniWhich elements do the Arab Spring, the Indignados and Occupy Wall Street have in common? How do they differ? What do they share with social movements of the past?

This book discusses the recent wave of global mobilisations from an unusual angle, explaining what aspects of protests spread from one country to another, how this happened, and why diffusion occurred in certain contexts but not in others. In doing this, the book casts light on the more general mechanisms of protest diffusion in contemporary societies, explaining how mobilisations travel from one country to another and, also, from past to present times.

Bridging different fields of the social sciences, and covering a broad range of empirical cases, this book develops new theoretical perspectives. 

'This rich, punchy volume is the best overview yet of the extraordinary wave of movements that exploded around the world in 2011. It especially shows how the movements are transnational and very national at one and the same time, learning from each other yet inventing their own paths.' James M Jasper, City University of New York

Join the ECPR Panel at the APSA Annual Meeting 27/08/2014

The ECPR will be running a Roundtable Panel, chaired by the ECPR Director, Martin Bull, entitled, 'Open Access in the Social and Political Sciences: Threat or Opportunity", with contributions from Terrell Carver (Bristol University), Jennifer Hochschild (Harvard University), Alex Holzman (Temple University Press), David Mainwaring (Cambridge University Press) and Iain Hrynaszkiewicz (Palgrave Publishers).

The Panel will be held at 16.15 – 18.00 on Thursday 28 August in the Marriott Taft. All ECPR members are warmly invited to attend.

EJPR back in the top 10 and EPS continues its ascent 07/08/2014

The Thomson Reuters Social Sciences Citation Index for 2013 has now been published and its good news for the ECPR’s journals. The increase in the EJPR’s Impact Factor has been such that it is now back in the top 10 – at number 8, with a 56% increase on 2012. EPS, the ECPR’s professional journal, received its highest Impact Factor to date and a move up in the rankings from 118 to 69.

Unfortunately, the news from EPSR was not so good with a fall from last year’s high, but preliminary analysis shows that the figures were very strongly influenced by the movement out of the impact factor window of one particular article - Vivien Schmidt’s ‘Taking ideas and discourse seriously: explaining change through discursive institutionalism’ from issue 2:1 (2010), which has received 80 citations to date!

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