Call for Section Chairs for the Graduate Student Conference Tartu 2016 03/07/2015

The 6th ECPR Graduate Student Conference will be taking place at the University of Tartu from 10-13 July 2016. The event is specifically tailored to the needs of graduate students looking to gain valuable conference experience, grow their networks, and further their personal and academic development in political and social sciences. Ideally suited to 'first-time' delegates, the conference combines a comprehensive academic and social programme over three days. The Graduate Student Conference is only open to graduate students who are studying for a Master's degree, a PhD, or who hold junior postdoctoral (researcher) positions. 
There is a two-stage selection process for submitting proposals to the Academic Programme:
Stage 1: Call for Section Chairs. Proposals are now being accepted via the ECPR website. The closing date to submit a proposal is 30 September 2015 (midnight GMT). Please click here to submit a proposal.
Stage 2: Call for full Panels and individual Papers. The call for full Panels with 5-6 Papers and individual Papers for Sections will open from 28 October 2015 until 20 January 2016 (midnight GMT). All graduate students with a MyECPR account are welcome to propose a Panel.
Further information explaining the stages in detail can be found in the Guidelines. Further information about the role of the Panel Chair, Paper Presenter and Discussant can be found on the Graduate Student Conference home page where you can also find additional information including conference fees, key dates and local information.
If you have any further questions please contact Anna Foley at

Michael Ignatieff to deliver Montreal Plenary Lecture 01/07/2015

We are delighted that Michael Ignatieff (Professor of Practice at Harvard Kennedy School and former Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada) will deliver the Plenary Lecture at this year’s General Conference in Montreal. Professor Ignatieff's Lecture will explore the subject 'Illiberal Democracy and Capitalist Authoritarianism: Is Freedom Divisible?'. See the event pages for more information about the time and location of this and other Plenary events.

The first comprehensive account of a booming phenomenon, this book offers a systematic review of mini-publics' variety, discusses their weaknesses, and recommends ways to make them a viable component of democracy. It takes stock of their diverse practices and, more concretely, looks at preconditions, processes, and outcomes. Bringing together leading scholars in the field, notably James S Fishkin and Mark E Warren, Deliberative Mini-Publics will speak to anyone with an interest in democracy and democratic innovations. 

'...combines in a very innovative way conceptual and empirical research. It takes into account that the question is no longer 'whether deliberative mini-publics work', but examines the outcomes and impacts of different concepts, designs and processes.'

Brigitte Geißel – Goethe University, Frankfurt 

Another strong result for EPS 22/06/2015

The ECPR's professional journal European Political Science (EPS) has returned another strong Impact Factor this year: 0.705 for 2014, placing EPS 84 out of 161 titles. Although the Impact Factor decreased, in 2014 EPS actually received more cites to recent articles than it did in 2013, which is an indicator of how well read and valued this journal of the profession is. Congratulations and thanks go to the editorial team and the publisher Palgrave!