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Welcome to the IPSA Research Committee 23 on Elections, Citizens and Parties (IPSA-ECP)

Our mission

IPSA-ECP focuses on the analysis of elections and electoral systems, citizen activism, and political parties, within and across nation-states.   In a world rapidly moving towards elections as the main channel of political legitimacy for regimes worldwide, where the study of elections and parties is now truly global, the aim to is make sure that we advance scholarly research and scientific inquiry on elections, citizens and parties. Our aims are:
  • To identify common areas of scientific research on elections, citizens and parties;
  • To share information and exchange ideas on these subjects across national boundaries; 
  • To strengthen opportunities for future cooperation and scholarly collaboration around the world;
  • To stimulate understanding of elections, citizens and parties through activities such as organizing electronic networks, workshops, conferences, and publications.
We are a scholarly research committee organized within the International Political Science Association

The next major event will be at the IPSA World Congress in Istanbul 23-28 July 2016 - see the Latest News for details.

Previously the research committee held a one day workshop, twenty general panels, a drinks reception, and the business meeting for the election of new officers in conjunctions with the IPSA World Congress in Montreal, 18-24th July 2014

The business meeting elected three new officers to lead the section: Peter Siavelis (Chair), Anika Gauja (Vice-Chair), and Eric Belanger (Program Organizer). Other members of the executive board continue to serve for a second term. For details see the Executive Board.

Previous events include a two-day workshop at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University, 3-4 June 2013,  a one-day pre-APSA workshop in Chicago 28th August 2013, and a workshop, panels and business meeting held in Madrid 7-12th July 2012 in conjunction with the IPSA General Congress.  

This website includes resources for member and we hope that you find this useful. Comments, feedback and suggestions are most welcome!

Peter Siavelis  (Chair 2014-2016)  


Latest news

Call for Panels Now Open!

The Call for Submissions (PDF) for the next IPSA World Congress of Political Science, to be held in Istanbul (Turkey) from July 23-28 2015, is now open!

The theme of the 2016 edition is “Politics in a World of Inequality”.

The website for the 24th World Congress of Political Science is now accepting panel proposals (open and closed). Please visit the website http://www.ipsa.org/istanbul2016 for complete details on the congress and its main themes as well as important deadlines and submission guidelines.

*Please note that the Call for Paper submission will open on August 7, 2015. Currently, paper proposals may be submitted to closed panels only, by invitation from the panel convenor.

Panel and Paper Submission

Anyone can submit a panel proposal or an abstract. Participants do not need to be a member of IPSA. In order to submit an abstract, however, participant must hold an IPSA online account. If you do not currently hold an IPSA account, you will be asked to create one before submitting your panel or paper proposal.

Submit a Panel

Deadline for OPEN panels: 8 July 2015
Deadline for CLOSED panels: 7 October 2015

Submit a panel

Submit a Paper

Call for papers opens 7 August 2015
Deadline for PAPER submission: 7 October 2015

Submit a paper

Please take notice of the Instructions to Submit a Panel (PDF) before submitting your panel or paper proposal.

For more information about the Congress, please visit www.ipsa.org/istanbul2016 

For more information about IPSA, please visit www.ipsa.org

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