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.

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)  

CALL FOR PAPER PROPOSALS:  EIP/IDEA pre-IPSA Workshop on contentious elections and regime change.

Saturday July 23rd 2016, IPSA World Congress, Istanbul
EIP and International IDEA invite paper proposals that seek to examine and explain the consequences of contentious elections and election-related conflict for regime stability and change. Deadline: 1 December 2015.

When does such conflict strengthen processes of democratization, such as where an outcry over election fraud and corruption destabilizes the old regime? When does it trigger a backlash or coup d’état which sets back democratic transitions? And when does conflict fizzle out without achieving any substantive reforms or opposition gains?
New research on these issues is welcome using multiple methods, including comparative cross-national time-series evidence and/or case-studies of historical processes within particular countries. Read more here.

CALL FOR PAPER PROPOSALS: pre-APSA Workshop: "Challenges of Electoral Integrity" and "Using expert surveys"

Wednesday 31 Aug 2016, APSA Annual Meeting, Philadelphia
The 9th EIP Workshop includes a morning session featuring two open EIP panels on 'Challenges of Electoral Integrity'.

Two afternoon session, organized by EIP and V-Dem, focuses on 'The construction and use of expert indicators in the social sciences: Challenges of validity, reliability and legitimacy.'

Paper proposals for both sessions can now be submitted. Deadline: 8 January 2016.
Indices and data-sets derived from expert surveys are increasingly used in comparative social science by private sector organizations, in evaluation research, and among NGOs and policy makers.
Yet we still lack a common methodology to construct such surveys, as well as agreed technical standards and codes of good practice. For this afternoon workshop, we call for papers that use expert surveys to develop new ways of testing the validity of expert survey data; use meta-analysis to compare expert perceptual surveys standards, methods, and techniques in terms of validity, reliability and legitimacy to other sources of information; or propose codes of conduct and good practice for conducting expert surveys. Read more here.

CALL FOR PAPER PROPOSALS Call ECPR SEPT. 2016: EIP panel on "Strengthening integrity through electoral reforms"
7-10 Sept 2016, ECPR General Conference, Prague

This closed panel welcomes original contributions that discuss the link between electoral reforms and the overall quality of electoral governance and integrity. Deadline 18 Jan 2016.

EIP's closed panel would be part of the section on “Changing political institutions: New perspectives in the study of reforms and their consequences”. Chairs: C. Bedock, D. Bol & T. Ehrhard.

Papers should provide evidence on the relationship between these two phenomena, either by looking at how policy reforms enhance electoral integrity (consequences of reforms) or how poor levels of electoral integrity and governance shape the conditions for subsequent policy changes (causes of reforms). Preference will be given to contribution providing comparative empirical evidence, although case studies that adopt a time-series approach will also be considered. Submit your proposal here.

Graduate student essay competition

This competition welcomes contributions focusing on causes and impacts of election-related conflict for regime stability and change in countries around the world. Deadline: 29 Feb 2016.

The theme for this year’s essay competition is in line with the EIP/International IDEA Pre-IPSA Workshop (Istanbul) on contentious elections and regime change, where the winner will present his or her paper.

Global concern about contentious elections has risen as elections have become a standard part of the initial phases of peace-building and state-building processes even in inhospitable conditions. Despite a growing body of case-study research, little consensus surrounds the importance of particular underlying causes. Even less is known about the consequences of electoral conflict. Read more here.


CALL FOR PAPERS-The construction and use of expert surveys in the social sciences

Chairs: Pippa Norris (Harvard and Sydney Universities) and Svend-Erik Skaaning

Discussant: Dr Alessandro Nai (University of Sydney)

Co-sponsored by the Electoral Integrity Project (EIP) and the Variety of 
Democracies (V-Dem) project 

Paper proposals: In this closed panel, we invite you to submit a paper proposal and 
abstract that either i) use expert surveys in comparative politics and related social 
sciences to develop new ways of testing the validity of expert survey data; 
ii) use meta analysis to compare expert perceptual surveys standards, methods, 
and techniques in terms of validity, reliability and legitimacy to other sources 
of information; or (iii) propose codes of conduct and good practice for conducting 
expert surveys. 

Submission deadline: 5pm EST 2 November 2015 

Submit paper proposals

Queries toelectoralintegrity [at] gmail.com Attn: Lisa Fennis, Project Coordinator


Elections and Political Parties in South Asia, 7-9 Dec 2015.
University of Kalyani, Nadia, West Bengal, India

Co-sponsored by the Department of Political Science, University of Kalyani, West Bengal, India & IPSA-ECP

The theme of the 2016 workshop is “Politics in a World Elections and Political Parties in South Asia: A 21st Century Perspective." 

For complete details and guidelines for submission please see: http://kupsic2015.blogspot.in/


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  http://www.ipsa.org/istanbul2016 for complete details on the congress and its main themes, as well as important deadlines and submission guidelines.

For more details: