Archive for January, 2012

Quantitative Methods for Causal Inference

29/01/2012

In cooperation with the Danish Political Science Research School the Department of Political Science has the pleasure to offer a course titled Quantitative Methods for Causal Inference.

The course is taught by Professor Thad Dunning, Yale University. Professor Dunning has contributed widely to the literature on Causal Inference and is among the leading scholars in the field.

The course takes place at the University of Southern Denmark (Odense), from October 24th to October 27th 2012.

Course description

This course focuses on the use and analysis of research designs such as field and natural experiments in the social sciences.  It teaches quantitative tools for both experimental and observational studies, including matching and instrumental-variables regression, and introduces students to the analysis of regression-discontinuity designs.  The merger of quantitative and qualitative methods will also be discussed. No more than 40 students are admitted to the course. STATA and R is the software that is used in this course.

Requirements

In order to be admitted into the course students have to have a solid background in OLS regression including a firm understanding of the assumptions behind this technique.

Costs

Students admitted to the course have to provide transportation and accommodation while in Odense.

Admission

In order to be admitted to the course prospective participants have to send an abstract (max 250 words) explaining how their research would benefit from participating in the course. The abstract should be e-mailed to Dorte Cort Nebel (dcn@sam.sdu.dk)  no later than Friday September 14th. In the following week we notify everybody on whether they have been admitted to course or not. That week we also provide a more detailed schedule including a list of suggested readings.

Accommodation

Below is a list of relatively cheap hotels in Odense that could be used by participants.

Cabinn Odense; DanHostel Odense; Ydes Hotel

Quantitative Methods for Causal Inference

29/01/2012

Robert Klemmensen from the University of Southern Denmark sends this along:

 

In cooperation with the Danish Political Science Research School the Department of Political Science has the pleasure to offer a course titled Quantitative Methods for Causal Inference.

The course is taught by Professor Thad Dunning, Yale University. Professor Dunning has contributed widely to the literature on Causal Inference and is among the leading scholars in the field.

The course takes place at the University of Southern Denmark (Odense), from October 24th to October 27th 2012. 

Course description

This course focuses on the use and analysis of research designs such as field and natural experiments in the social sciences.  It teaches quantitative tools for both experimental and observational studies, including matching and instrumental-variables regression, and introduces students to the analysis of regression-discontinuity designs.  The merger of quantitative and qualitative methods will also be discussed. No more than 40 students are admitted to the course. STATA and R is the software that is used in this course.

Requirements

In order to be admitted into the course students have to have a solid background in OLS regression including a firm understanding of the assumptions behind this technique.

Costs

Students admitted to the course have to provide transportation and accommodation while in Odense.

Admission

In order to be admitted to the course prospective participants have to send an abstract (max 250 words) explaining how their research would benefit from participating in the course. The abstract should be e-mailed to Dorte Cort Nebel (dcn@sam.sdu.dk)  no later than Friday September 14th. In the following week we notify everybody on whether they have been admitted to course or not. That week we also provide a more detailed schedule including a list of suggested readings.

Accommodation

Below is a list of relatively cheap hotels in Odense that could be used by participants.

Cabinn Odense; DanHostel Odense; Ydes Hotel

 

 

Open Legislative Data Conference

25/01/2012

This conference sounds very interesting:

Open Legislative Data in Paris

A Conference of the Third Kind with Hacktivists and Academics

Dates: 6 – 7 July 2012

Where: Science Po in Paris

The aim of the conference is twofold:

  • To discuss the latest developments regarding parliamentary informatics, eg. parliamentary open data, computer analysis of parliamentary activities, e-parliament
  • To assemble two groups that usually do not communicate: the academic world of legislative studies and individuals and organizations from across the open data and parliamentary informatics spectrum.

Find out more here:  http://www.lafabriquedelaloi.fr/

The call for participation: Open Legislative Data in Paris

EITM Europe 2012 Brochure

13/01/2012

EITM Europe has published the brochure for the 2012 summer institute. You can download it here: EITM_Brochure_2012

The summer institute will run from 22 June  to 7 July. It offers:

  • Refresher course in Mathematics and R
  • Theoretical and Methodological Foundation
  • QRE and Experiments
  • Legislative Politics and Politics Text Analysis

The deadline for applying is 31 march

Find out more:  http://eitm.sowi.uni-mannheim.de/

Eurosearch

12/01/2012

Eurosearch is a blog that may be of interest for many of you. Here, a group of Leiden University scholars collect their thoughts the EU, the Euro, and European integration with a particular focus on the role of the Netherlands.

The EU research digest entries may be particular relevant.

Duncan Black Award

05/01/2012

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 Conference pursuing research in analytical politics which combines systematic theoretical thinking and rigorous empirical testing. The award carries a prize of 200 Euros.

Previous Winners:

2011

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

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

2009

Elena Nikolova (Princeton University)

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

2007 

Nikoleta Yordanova (European University Institute, Florence)

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

2005

Sandra Pogodda (University of Cambridge)

“Reforming North Africa and the Middle East”


2012 ECPR Research Sessions – Call for proposals

05/01/2012

The 2012 Research Sessions will take place at the European University Institute, Florence, from 19 to 22 June.

After the very successful re-launch of the Research Sessions in 2011 the number of participants has been increased for 2012. The ECPR now offers this opportunity for eight research groups with a maximum of eight participants each, and will offer funding for successful groups, covering the accommodation and lunches/dinners for up to eight participants per group.

The ECPR Research Sessions provide the opportunity for a group to meet over two to three days to discuss either the beginnings of a research project (possibly as a result of a group formed at the General Conference, for example) or at the end to put together a publishing proposal etc. For more details please visit our website.

Applications are particularly encouraged from ECPR Standing Groups.

How to submit your proposal
Please email your proposal to Jenna Barnard (jbarnard@essex.ac.uk).

The closing date for proposals to be received by the Central Services is the 1stFebruary 2012. For more information please see the website or contact me (jbarnard@essex.ac.uk).

Associate Professor in Political Science (International politics), University of Oslo

05/01/2012
Department of Political Science, Faculty of Social Sciences
Associate Professor in Political Science

A position as an Associate Professor within the field of international politics is available in the Department of Political Science.

A few years ago the department hosted the Norwegian Power and Democracy Study, and today we coordinate the interfacultary research programme on “Democracy as Idea and Practice”. The department also participates in the interdisciplinary research programme on Strategic Challenges in International Climate and Energy Policy (CICEP). For more information, please see our website: http://www.sv.uio.no/isv/

Teaching activities at the Department of Political Science are organised in five sections: Public Policy and Administration, Comparative Politics, Political Theory, International Politics and Research Methods.

Applications for a permanent position as Associate Professor in political science within the field of international politics are now being accepted.

Applicants must be able to document academic expertise in this field.

The person appointed must be able to undertake teaching duties at all levels (bachelor, master and PhD) and take part in the teaching of research methods. Applicants are required to document teaching experience and research dissemination.

The person appointed will be expected to perform administrative duties that the position entails.

 

Applications must contain details of all education, previous positions, teaching experience, academic, professional and pedagogical activity, as well as administrative experience.

The application must include:

  • Letter of application
  • CV
  • Certificates
  • List of academic works with specification of where they are published
  • Account of the academic works that the applicant would like special emphasis to be given in the evaluation of his/her application
  • Account of pedagogical competence, teaching experience, research dissemination, other dissemination activities and other qualifications.
  • Up to 10 academic works for which special emphasis will be given in the evaluation of his/her academic qualifications. When evaluating academic qualifications, primary emphasis will be on research work in the past five years.

Applicants’ academic qualifications, other professional and pedagogical qualifications, dissemination activities, qualifications in leadership and administration, and personal qualifications will form the basis of assessment. When ranking competent applicants, the entire range of qualifications will be taken into account and explicitly considered. Academic qualifications will be given priority over other professional and related qualifications.

The person who is appointed must have basic pedagogical competence. Applicants that cannot document such competence at the time of their employment must  achieve this within the first two years of appointment.

The selection process will include an interview, and a trial lecture may also be required.

Reference is otherwise made to rules regarding the procedures for appointment of persons to positions as professors and associate professors at the University of Oslo:

http://www.admin.uio.no/admhb/reglhb/personal/tilsettingvitenskapelig/rulesappointprofessor-backup-20080314.xml

Teaching is carried out in both Norwegian and English. In the event that the person appointed is not a native Norwegian speaker, he/she will be expected to be able to teach in Norwegian within three years of employment.

We offer

The University of Oslo has a goal of recruiting more women in academic positions.
Women are encouraged to apply. The University of Oslo also has a goal of recruiting ethnic minorities to Norway in academic positions.  Ethnic minorities are encouraged to apply.

The University of Oslo has an agreement for all employees, aiming to secure rights to research results a.o.

According to the Norwegian Freedom of Information Act (offentleglova) §25 information about the applicant may be included in the public applicant list, even though the applicant has requested non disclosure.

European Journal of Government and Economics

04/01/2012

[EJGE] European Journal of Government and Economics: Call for papers

We are proud to announce the creation of The European Journal of Government and Economics (EJGE), an international academic journal for peer reviewed research on all aspects of government and economics. The journal will start as a biannual publication.

EJGE is inviting papers for Vol. 1, Nos. 1 and 2, which are scheduled to be published in June and December, 2012.

Authors are invited to sumbit their manuscripts through the journal’s online platform at www.ejge.org.

EJGE is particularly interested in current issues regarding the interrelationship between the fields of government and economics, from the influence of government on the economy (economic policy) to economic explanations of government (public choice). It is also particularly interested in questions directly or indirectly related to Europe.

Contributions will be valued by the substantial relevance of their research questions as well as their originality. The latter may consist in the development of new models to explain existing data, the application of existing models to new data sets, or (ideally) a combination of both.

An indicative deadline for no. 1 is 31 March 2012.

European Journal of Government and Economics
http://www.ejge.org

Assistant Professor in European Politics, University of Mannheim

04/01/2012

The School of Social Sciences at the University of Mannheim invites applications for a

Assistant Professor in European Politics (W1).

We seek a scholar with an innovative research agenda and internationally visible publications in the field of European politics. The assistant professorship (Juniorprofessur) should be committed to outstanding teaching in 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 ex- plicitly 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 four years. Following a positive evaluation the posi- tion 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 equal qualifications. The University of Mannheim seeks to increase the percentage of its female faculty members in re- search and teaching. Thus, qualified women are especially encouraged to apply.

Please submit your application online at http://jobs.sowi.uni-mannheim.de/. Your application should consist of four PDF-files: a Cover Letter (single file), Curricu- lum 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 doc- uments to the Dean of the School of Social Sciences at the University of Mannheim, Prof. Dr. Thorsten Meiser, A5, 6, 68131 Mannheim, Germany (dekanat@sowi.uni- mannheim.de).

All applications received before January 31st 2012 will be given full consideration.