Archive for September, 2012

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.


IR lecturer position at University of Limerick


The University of Limerick (UL) with over 11,500 students and 1,300 staff is an energetic and enterprising institution with a proud record of innovation and excellence in education, research and scholarship. The dynamic, entrepreneurial and pioneering values which drive UL’s mission and strategy ensures that we capitalise on local, national and international engagement and connectivity.  We are renowned for providing an outstanding student experience and conducting leading edge research.  Our commitment is to make a difference by shaping the future through educating and empowering our students. UL is situated on a superb riverside campus of over 130 hectares with the River Shannon as a unifying focal point. Outstanding recreational, cultural and sporting facilities further enhance this exceptional learning and research environment.


Applications are invited for the following position:


Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences


Department of Politics and Public Administration


Lecturer below the bar in International Relations

Contract Type: Tenure Track (five year fixed term).  During the term of the contract the successful applicant will have the opportunity to apply for tenure in accordance with the University’s Policy and Procedures for Granting Multi-annual Status to Entry-level Academic Staff)


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, 28th September 2012

Applications must be completed online before 12 noon Irish Standard Time on the closing date.


Please email if you experience any difficulties


Applications are welcome from suitably qualified candidates.

The University is an equal opportunities employer and committed to selection on merit.

Standing Group Summer School grants 2013


ECPR is changing their procedure for allocating grants for summer schools organized by the standing groups, see below. If your institution is interested in organizing a summer school on behalf of the Analytical Politics and Public Choice group, please contact me on bjorn.hoyland at


In response to an increase in demand for ECPR support of Summer Schools organised by Standing Groups, the number of grants that are available has been increased to 6 grants  per year.

The Standing Group Summer School Grant is designed to contribute towards costs associated with organising Summer Schools run by Standing Groups. A maximum of £4,000 (or Euro equivalent) per Summer School can be claimed. This maximum amount is based on the Summer School consisting of at least 10 teaching days. If Summer Schools are shorter than this, the grant is paid on a pro rata basis. 

The grant would be dependent upon receipt of a proper report and evidence that the summer school is running well. There are no restrictions on the use of the grant as long as it serves to make the organisation of the Summer School possible, but the ECPR’s auditors will require documentation to support expenditure.

The system for applying for a Summer School grant has changed slightly. Applications are no longer for a series of Summer Schools in future years, but there will be an annual call for a Summer School to be organised during the following year. Applications that have already been approved under the old system will be honoured and need not be resubmitted. As a consequence, two of the six available grants for 2013 are already committed.

We now call on Standing Groups to apply for one of the remaining grants. ECPR Central Services will be happy to offer any advice to Standing Group summer school organizers should they require it. Please don’t hesitate to contact us should you have any questions.

If you would like to apply for funding for your 2013 Summer School, please complete the attached form, and return it to me by 1 November 2012.