Archive for the ‘Conferences’ Category

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.

Open Legislative Data Conference


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:

The call for participation: Open Legislative Data in Paris

2012 ECPR Research Sessions – Call for proposals


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 (

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 (

ECPR Pan-European Conference on EU Politics


The deadline for the submission of papers and panels to the 6th Pan-European Conference on EU Politics is approaching.

The conference will be held at the University of Tampere, Tampere, Finland, 13-15 September 2012.

The online submission form can be accessed here

Deadline: January 15, 2012