It aims to facilitate research and teaching on Elections, Citizens and Parties, particularly in a comparative context. The Research Committee welcomes multiple qualitative and quantitative methodological approaches to understanding these subjects, including institutional, behavioral, case-study, experimental, historical, and survey-based approaches.
To achieve these goals, the RC will engage in a variety of activities which may include: organizing conferences, workshops, panels and similar scholarly networking events to share and disseminate research; dissemination of relevant information through the website such as sharing publications, working papers, data-sets, teaching syllabi, and online resources; and raising money to support activities conducive to its goals.
The members of the Executive Committee serve for two years. Members of the Executive Committee may be reelected for a second two-year term. Those members who have served two successive terms are not eligible for nomination for a third term. They may be nominated and elected again, however, following a minimum of two years absence from the Executive Committee.
Two months before the IPSA Congress, the Nominations Sub-Committee will email all members with a list of the membership and a statement of the number of forthcoming vacancies on the Executive Committee to be filled. Members will be asked to nominate as many members as there are positions to be filled. These nominations must be returned to the Nomination Committee no later than one month before the IPSA Congress.
The Chair of the Nominations Sub-Committee will then email all members with the names of those members having received the highest number of nominations. The number of names shall be no more than twice the number of positions to be filled. The election for the Executive Committee is held by email ballot of the total membership one month before the annual business meeting of IPSA-ECP. Newly elected members of the Executive Committee take office after the annual business meeting where the results of the ballot are announced.
The President and Vice-President are elected by the Executive Committee from among its members. The president normally serves a two-year term and he or she is not immediately eligible for reelection. The Vice-President normally serves a two year term and then is eligible to serve a further two years as President. This rotation is designed to ensure continuity in the RC business.
The Program Organizer is appointed by the President, in consultation with the Vice President, for a two-year term.
Temporary officers, such as members of Sub-Committees, shall be appointed by the President, in consultation with the Vice President.
The President or Vice President presides over the business meeting and meetings of the Executive Committee. The President conducts the day-to-day activities of IPSA-ECP. Responsibilities include the maintenance of membership records, the collection of any dues, the supervision of the RCs finances, the flow of information to the membership, and maintaining the IPSA-ECP website and the mailing list.
The Program Organizer works with IPSA to organize panels and events at the IPSA Congress.
Members will be asked to return their vote on proposed amendments within 45 days of the date they were circulated. A majority of those voting will be sufficient to adopt any amendment, provided that at least 25 percent of the membership votes. Amendments adopted will be announced at the business meeting and published on the website. Amendments become effective on announcement. If the vote fails to reach the specified return rate, the proposed amendments are voted on by the annual general meeting. A three-fifths majority of those voting is sufficient to adopt an amendment at an annual meeting.
Adopted: 9th July 2012, Madrid Business Meeting