Announcement of next Chair of the ECPR 2015-18 28/11/2014

Prof. Rudy B. Andeweg (Leiden University) has been elected as Chair of the ECPR for 2015-2018, taking over from Prof. Simona Piattoni whose term expires at the Warsaw Joint Sessions in March 2015.

Prof. Andeweg is currently Professor of Empirical Political Science at Leiden University in the Netherlands. He studied Law and Government at Leiden, and Political Science at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA. He has worked as Assistant to the Dutch Government Commissioner on Administrative Reform, and he has been a visiting fellow of Nuffield College, Oxford (twice) and of the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study. He served as Chair of the Leiden Department of Political Science, and as Dean of the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences. He currently serves as the President of the Dutch Political Science Association. He has been elected to both the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Royal Holland Society of Sciences and Humanities. He has been on the ECPR’s Executive Committee since 2012 with responsibilities for Standing Groups and Constitutional Reform.

The election of Prof. Andeweg by the current Executive Committee took place during the ECPR’s General Conference in Glasgow in September and the result was announced immediately afterwards to the meeting of Council by ECPR’s Director, Prof. Martin Bull. Prof. Andeweg said “I am honoured to have been elected to chair the largest political science association in Europe, and I thank my colleagues for placing their trust in me for the coming three year period. We will work together to improve what we offer our members and to rise to the various challenges that will confront ECPR in the coming years.”

Prof. Piattoni offered her congratulations to Prof. Andeweg on being elected Chair and wished him all the best for the coming period. With the change in timing of Council Meetings (from the Joint Sessions to the General Conference) this was Prof. Piattoni’s last Council Meeting before she stands down. She therefore gave a presentation on the achievements of her Executive Committee since her election in 2012. On behalf of the ECPR, Prof. Bull thanked Professor Piattoni and the other Executive Committee members who would be standing down before the Council met again (Profs. Niilo Kauppi, Manuel Sanchez de Dios, Jonas Tallberg and André Kaiser - who resigned earlier in the year), as well as Birgit Sauer and Mary Farrell, who he wished to thank in case, as cooptees intending to stand for election to the next EC, they were not to be elected.

The activities and achievements of the 2012-2105 Executive Committee will be produced in written form in the three year ECPR Activities Report which will be available from March 2015.


GSN Committee welcomes two new members for 2015-2017 27/11/2014

Elections for two new members of the GSN Committee took place between 15 October and 15 November 2014. Expressions of interest were received from 14 candidates and 177 votes were cast. The GSN are pleased to confirm that Marsida Bandilli (University of Antwerp) and Luca di Donato (Luiss Guido Carli University) received the highest number of votes and have therefore been elected to the GSN committee for 2015-2017. 

They have replaced Åsne Kalland Aarstad and Salvador Santino Regilme Jr, who have finished their terms. The ECPR and the GSN would like to thank them both for their contributions to the GSN over the last two years, and welcome Marsida and Luca to the Committee.  Further information about the GSN can be found here.

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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