UGeneva: Job opening in IR (associate or assistant professor)


The Department of Political Science and International Relations
at the University of Geneva invites invites applications for an
Assistant (tenure track) or Associate Professor in International

The successful candidate will teach in the undergraduate and
graduate programs of the department and develop his/her research
activities nationally and internationally.

Candidates should have an excellent track record in publishing
in leading international outlets and demonstrate a commitment
to excellence in teaching.

The University encourages qualified female scholars to apply
to improve the gender balance.

Additional information is available online at

where applications should also be submitted by April 9th, 2014

(alternatively see

Post ECPR Bordeaux


1) The standing group meeting at ECPR Bordeaux elected Daniel Finke (University of Heidelberg) as our new convenor.

2) The call for sections to ECPR Glasgow, 3 – 6 September 2014 is already out, see The deadline for proposing sections is 15 November. The call for individual panels opens 2 December, with deadline 15 February 2014. There will not be a call for individual papers, those wishing to propose an individual paper needs to propose it to the section chair. See the link for details. If you wish to organize the analytical politics and public choice section, please contact Daniel Finke.




Faculty/Department: Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences/Politics and Public Administration

Title of Post: Lecturer below the bar in Peace and Development Studies

The successful candidate will contribute to undergraduate and postgraduate teaching in the Department of Politics and Public Administration in the area of Peace and Development Studies, including student supervision duties.

Over the duration of the post, the Lecturer will be expected to make a reasonable contribution to the activities and research objectives of the Department as may be requested by the Head of Department.

Specifically the appointee will be required to cover teaching, in whole or in part, on the following modules:

Nationalism, Ethnicity and Conflict
African Politics (or an alternative area studies specialism)

Conflict, Security and Development
Politics of Reconciliation in the Aftermath of Conflict
Foreign Aid and Development
Peacekeeping and Peace Building

Contract Type: Specific Purpose Contract

Salary scale: €41,498 – €51,722 p.a.
(Less 10% and 1st point, for new entrants to the Public Sector)
Further information for applicants and application material is available online from:
The closing date for receipt of applications is Friday, 13th September 2013
Informal enquiries regarding the post may be directed to:
Dr Bernadette Connaughton
Dept of Politics and Public Administratioon
University of Limerick

Call for nominations: Duncan Black award


About the award

The Standing Group on Analytical Politics and Public Choice, which is active within ECPR, has created the Duncan Black Award. This award honors a graduate student who has presented the best paper at the ECPR General Conference pursuing research in analytical politics that combines systematic theoretical thinking and rigorous empirical testing. The award carries a prize of 200 Euros.

Panel chairs are encouraged to nominate papers. Self-nominations are welcome. In order to be considered for the prize, papers must be submitted to bjorn.hoyland (at) no later than 1 September. The winner of the award will be announced at the standing group business meeting at the ECPR General Session in E109, Thursday 5 september 1240 – 1400.    


Previous Winners:


Markus Baumann, Matthias, Haber and Christian H. Wältermann (University of Mannheim)

“Directive Communication? The Informational Interplay of Parliamentary Actors.”


Elena Nikolova (Princeton University)

“Labour markets and representative institutions: Evidence from Colonial British America”


Nikoleta Yordanova (European University Institute, Florence)

“Rationale behind committee assignments in the European Parliament: Distributive, informational and partisan perspectives”


Sandra Pogodda (University of Cambridge)

“Reforming North Africa and the Middle East”

Workshop: Voting experiments: Call for papers


Workshop: Voting experiments
When: March 27-28, 2014
Where : Université de Montréal, Montreal, Canada.
Organizers: André Blais (UdM), Jean-François Laslier (Paris School of Economics and CNRS) and Karine Van der Straeten (Toulouse School of Economics and CNRS)
Sponsor: Making Electoral Democracy Work (
Synopsis: The study of how citizens vote within different electoral contexts is a rapidly growing focus of Political Science and Economics research. One of the aims of the Making Electoral Democracy Work (MEDW) project is to examine, through experimental methods, how the rules of the game (especially the electoral system) and the electoral context (especially the competitiveness and salience of an election) influence voters’ and parties’ behavior during elections. The purpose of the workshop is to present voting experiments conducted within and outside the MEDW project and to discuss the methodological issues associated with this type of experiments.
Submission: Proposals should include the name(s) and institutional affiliation(s) of authors, the title and a two-page abstract, or the full paper if available. We plan to edit a book with some of the workshop contributions. Proposals should be submitted online by 1 October 2013 via Queries may be sent to one of the organizers. Those selected will be notified of their inclusion in the program by 1 November 2013. There is no registration fee, and travel and subsistence costs will be covered.
About the sponsor: Making Electoral Democracy Work is an international collaborative project funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada under the direction of André Blais. The project brings together a team of economists, political scientists, and psychologists from Canada, Europe, and the United States to undertake an ambitious study of the impact of electoral rules on the functioning of democracy.
For more information:

Assistant Professor in International Organizations (University of Mannheim)


The School of Social Sciences at the University of Mannheim invites applications for a
Assistant Professor in International Organizations (W1).
We seek a scholar with an innovative research agenda and internationally visible publications in the field of International Organizations. The assistant professorship (Juniorprofessur) should be committed to teaching on the B.A. and M.A./Ph.D. programs in political science. Contributions to the research activities at the Mannheim Centre for European Social Research (MZES) and the Collaborative Research Center ‘Political Economy of Reforms’ (SFB 884) are expected. We explicitly welcome teaching in the social science doctoral program (taught in English) of the Graduate School of Economic and Social Sciences (GESS).
Candidates are required to have successfully completed their graduate studies and received an excellent doctoral degree in the social sciences. Depending on the necessary requirements, the successful candidate will be hired on a temporary civil servant position (W1) for up to three years. Following a positive evaluation the position can be extended up to six years in total based on the legal preconditions (§ 51 Abs. 7 & 8 LHG). A tenure track option is not available.
The University of Mannheim is deeply committed to student mentoring and expects a strong presence of its faculty on campus. The successful candidate is therefore expected to move into the Mannheim metropolitan area.
The University of Mannheim is an equal opportunity employer. Candidates with disabilities will be given preference in case of corresponding qualifications. The University of Mannheim seeks to increase the percentage of its female faculty members in research and teaching. Thus, qualified women are especially encouraged to apply.
Please submit your application online at Your application should consist of four PDF-files: a Cover Letter (single file), Curriculum Vitae including a list of Publications (single file), Certificates/Records (single file) and the two latest teaching evaluations (single file) as well as two letters of recommendation (sent directly to the Dean).
If you cannot submit your application online, please send the above mentioned documents to the Dean of the School of Social Sciences at the University of Mannheim, Prof. Dr. Michael Diehl, A5, 6, 68131 Mannheim, Germany .
All applications received before July 23, 2013 will be given full consideration.

Standing Group business-meeting Bordeaux


The ECPR has confirmed the date of the standing group business-meeting. The standing group on analytical politics and public choice will meet in E109, Thursday 5 september 1240 – 1400.

Hope to see you there.

PhD Scholarship in European Union Politics


The Department of Politics and Public Administration of the University of Limerick is inviting applications for a PhD scholarship in the area of European Union Politics. Applications are especially welcome from candidates who wish to study aspects of the European Parliament or the Council of Ministers in their role as law-making institutions. Skills in research methods or a willingness to acquire them would be an advantage.


The scholarship covers tuition fees (at EU rates) and provides a maintenance grant of €7000 per year for up to four years, subject to academic performance. The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to the tutorial teaching of the department.


Applications should include (a) a research proposal (5 pages maximum); (b) copies of academic transcripts; (c) a CV or resume (3 pages maximum); and (d) one academic reference. The closing date for applications is 1 May 2013.


Applications should be sent to with the subject line ‘EU Politics PhD Scholarship’. Letters of recommendations should be emailed directly by the academic referee.


For further information, please contact .

Postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Oslo


Applications are invited from candidates from political science or political economics for the post as postdoctoral researcher on the NRC (Norwegian Research Council) project “The Evolution of Parliamentarism and Its Political Consequences.” The candidate should, in the application letter, explain how their research agenda contributes to the goals of the project:

The number of democracies in the world today is higher than in any other time. The majority of these democracies adopt a parliamentary constitution, that is, one that is based on assembly confidence. Assembly confidence regimes are those in which governments, in order to come to and stay in power, must be at least tolerated by a legislative majority. They can be divided into cases of negative and positive parliamentarism. In stark contrast with scholarship on varieties of presidentialism, the research literature on the evolution and consequences of the two forms of parliamentarism is surprisingly sparse and rudimentary. With this in mind, our goal is (1) to develop fully the distinction between negative and positive parliamentarism and clarify its institutional implications; (2) to trace the origins of the institutions associated with negative and positive parliamentarism; and (3) to study their consequences for the way parliamentary governments operate in an ever more demanding, complex, and global policy environment. The project will provide the first truly intertemporal comparative study of the design and consequences of varieties of parliamentarism.

For more information about the project see,

The appointment is for a fixed, non-tenured term of 4 years. The appointee will have a 25% teaching requirement. Successful applicants must therefore be prepared to teach bachelor’s and master’s level courses within the Department’s course portfolio as well as tutor masters’ students.  The Department organizes teaching into five sections: public policy and administration, comparative politics, political theory, international politics, and research methods.

To apply, see:


A comprehensive assessment of the applicant’s scientific qualifications forms the basis of appointment. Successful applicants must hold a relevant PhD degree before taking up the post. The candidate should demonstrate how their research profile fits into the project. We are particularly interested in candidates with extensive experience in data-management and excellent programming skills (e.g. R, Python, SQL). Knowledge of parliamentary systems, contemporary or historical, outside of Western Europe will be an advantage.

Emphasis will also be given to the applicants’ teaching experiences and qualifications, teamwork skills and personal suitability for the position. Applicants, who at the time of appointment cannot provide documentary evidence of basic formal teaching competence, must acquire such competence in the course of a period of two years. Short-listed candidates for the job will be invited to an interview and may be asked to do a trial lecture.

See also the regulations regarding the terms of employment for Postdoctoral Fellow positions

and Guidelines concerning appointment to post doctoral and research posts at the University of Oslo

Applications must include:

  • Letter of application
  • CV
  • A complete list of publications

Note! Publications should not be submitted with the application; the most promising candidates will be invited to submit their publications, as well as their educational certificates and diplomas, later in the process.

(Questions regarding the electronic application form should be sent to personnel officer Berit Trondsen, telephone 22855218)

We offer

  • salary according to “SKO 1352 postdoktor”, pay grade 57-64, NOK 468 400- 533 000
  • a pleasant and challenging working environment
  • a good pension scheme through the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
  • a position at an inclusive workplace enterprise
  • excellent welfare schemes

The University of Oslo has an Acquisition of Rights Agreement for all employees for the purpose of securing intellectual property rights to research results, etc.

Pursuant to section 25, of the Freedom of Information Act, information concerning the applicant may be disclosed to the public, even if the applicant has requested not to appear on the list of applicants.

As a state institution, we have a personnel policy goal of a balanced age and gender composition of our staff and to recruit persons with an ethnic minority background.

One may only hold one fixed-term position at the same institution.


To apply, see:

Analytical politics and Public Choice in Bordeaux

Our proposed section on analytical politics has been accepted for the ECPR general conference in Bordeaux. See :
Section Chair:
Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg
Section Co-Chair:
Universiteit Leiden
This section is proposed on behalf of the ECPR Standing Group on Analytical Politics and Public Choice. The section invites contributions that share a commitment to rigorous theorizing and systematic empirical testing of theoretical models from all subfields of political science, including legislative studies, electoral politics, interest representation and political responsiveness.The section seeks panels focusing on theoretical and methodological issues as well as panels that include papers addressing the same substantive issues formally and empirically.We encourage papers with a rigorous theoretical core, including panels and papers that use various formal modeling strategies. Such papers include, but are not restricted to, studies applying game theory, spatial models and agent-based computational modeling.With respect to research methodologies the section welcomes both qualitative and/or quantitative paper devoted to rigorous theoretical testing. The section is therefore open to papers based on experimental and observational designs alike, and to research using various analytical methods – traditional parametric statistical models, matching and related techniques, fuzzy sets and qualitative comparative analysis, etc.

We are especially interested in attracting papers that propose innovative ways of testing theoretical models with empirical data. Moreover, we encourage papers that test existing theories in new empirical settings. Finally, the section is also interested in panels and papers that discuss the state-of-the-art in measurement and data collection strategies and tools, like automated data extraction.