New Chair and Executive Committee take office 22/04/2015

The Joint Sessions in Warsaw marked the end of the mandate of the 2012-15 Executive Committee, chaired by Simona Piattoni. Seven new members of the EC were elected by ECPR Council in an electronic ballot at the beginning of the year, and they will join the five continuing members to serve the 2015-18 term under the new Chair, Rudy Andeweg. Professor Andeweg said of his appointment:

‘On behalf of the whole ECPR ‘family’, I would like to thank Simona Piattoni for the leadership she has provided in the past three years. As her successor as ECPR Chair, I have come to appreciate even more the time and effort that she has invested, and the difficult decisions that she never shied away from. It will be a big challenge to step in her shoes, but together with the whole Executive Committee, and with the advice and support of Central Services in our new headquarters, Harbour House, I look forward to contributing to the further development of our Consortium.’

A full list of members of the current EC, along with their portfolios for the next three years can be found here.

Review of Activities 2012-15 out now 16/04/2015

We are pleased to announce that our Review of Activities 2012–2015 has now been published, and you can read it here.

Marking the end of the outgoing Executive Committee’s term under the Chairship of Simona Piattoni, the Review provides an opportunity to reflect on all that has been achieved through the hard work of both the outgoing Executive Committee and our members. You can read reports from the Executive Committee; find out more about the wide range of successful events that have taken place, including the General Conferences, Joint- and Research Sessions and Methods School; see a list of prizes awarded; funding provided; activities of the Standing Groups; and reports on the ECPR’s stable of journals and book series, including the ECPR Press. 

How, and under which conditions, can consultative committees exert influence if they have access to legislators (voice) but no formal veto power (vote)? Drawing on the Committee of the Regions and the European Economic and Social Committee of the European Union, this book by Diana Panke, Christoph Hönnige and Julia Gollub shows that consultative committees face several challenges when it comes to influencing the content of policies, but are nevertheless sometimes successful in getting their opinions heard. It develops a sender-receiver model and puts it to a comprehensive empirical test. 

A quantitative analysis and three in-depth case studies on the European citizens’ initiative, the European grouping of territorial cooperation and the Liberalisation of Community Postal Services show how capacities, incentives and preferences of consultative committees and legislative decision-makers need to be configured to allow for the influence of the CoR and the EESC. 

'...a first-rate scholarly book, rich with factual nuggets and clear analysis.'
Liesbet Hooghe, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

'This book’s clearly articulated evidence, findings and implications make it recommended reading for anyone interested in the role that committees play in our political systems, and essential for students of EU governance.'
Michelle Cini, University of Bristol

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’.