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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.


Quantitative Methods for Causal Inference


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.


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.


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


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 (  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.


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

Cabinn Odense; DanHostel Odense; Ydes Hotel

EITM Europe 2012 Brochure


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

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Empirical Implications of Theoretical Models Summer Institute 2012


Empirical Implications of Theoretical Models Summer Institute 2012, June 22 – July 6

EITM Europe announces the 4th Summer Institute at the University of Mannheim. Over the past years EITM has become the summer institute with the largest worldwide network among  young academics interested in the highest standard of scholarly research. EITM is training a new generation of political scientists and political economists, who are interested in integrating theoretical and empirical research to advance our understanding in politics. Outside Europe EITM takes place only at the most distinguished universities in two formats, an alternating with Harvard (2002), Michigan (2003, 2006 and 2009), Duke (2004 and 2008), UC-Berkeley (2005, 2010), UCLA (2007) and Chicago (2011), and a regular format at WashU (since 2002). A typical feature of EITM is that outstanding senior scholars teach the advanced program and thereby create a worldwide network among EITM participants.

Like in previous years EITM Europe will offer tailored classes at the highest scholarly level. Except for the three days lasting refresher class, all classes include a five days program, starting on Monday morning and ending on Friday afternoon (from 9 to 12am, and from 1 to 5pm). The complete program encompasses a refresher course in mathematics and R, followed by the foundations class in game theory and Bayesian statistics, and a choice for an advanced class in either quantal response modeling and experiments or legislative and textual analysis. For former EITM and/or more specialized scholars, we also offer to join these classes separately. Under the direction of Thomas König, the teachers include Randy Calvert (WashU), Martin Elff (Essex), Mark Fey (Rochester), Will Lowe (Mannheim), Andrew Martin (WashU) and Sven-Oliver Proksch (Mannheim). The application deadline is 31st March 2012.

Oslo Summer School Courses


In 2012, the Oslo Summer School in Comparative Social Science Studies offers (at least) two courses that may be of interest to members of the ECPR Standing Group in Analytical Politics and Public Choice.
Elections and Democracy
Lecturer: Professor José Antonio Cheibub,
Department of Political Science,
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA

Main discipline: Political Science
Dates: 30 July – 3 August 2012
Course Credits: 10 pts (ECTS)
Limitation: 25 participants
This course is an exploration of theoretical, empirical and some normative issues related to elections as a macro-phenomenon. In spite of considerable disagreement among scholars regarding what democracy is, everyone agrees that elections are necessary for it to exist. At the same time, elections are a central part in the vast majority of arguments about democracy – whether they are arguments about its causes or about its consequences. It is the fact of an election that will, under certain conditions, set in motion a process that may ultimately threaten the existence of a democratic regime. It is the competition implied in elections, on the other hand, that generates incentives for actors to behave in specific ways and produce outcomes that are of great importance to society. The goal of this course, therefore, is to bring together different theories that place the holding of elections (and not necessarily competitive ones only), at their very center. Each lecture will focus on a different angle of elections (why they happen, how they happen and some of the consequences they may have), covering large and varied literatures that do not necessarily go together.

We will start with an examination of the relationship between elections and democracy (can democracy in any way be defined by elections? Why do dictatorships hold elections?). We will then proceed to examine a series of topics in which elections figure as the main causal mechanism in the generation of an outcome of interest. These include the very process of democratization, the emergence and consolidation of political parties, resource allocation across groups of voters and/or geographic units, citizen control of the government, and so on. The overall goal of the examination of this varied set of topics is to allow students to assess the nature and quality of answers to some specific questions pertaining to elections and, in the process, to generate interesting and viable research topics.

More info:

The Political Economy of Institutions
Lecturer: Professor Jonathan A. Rodden,
Department of Political Science,
Stanford University, USA

Main discipline: Political Science
Dates: 30 July – 3 August 2012
Course Credits: 10 pts (ECTS)
Limitation: 25 participants
This course analyzes the paths through which preferences of individuals and groups are transformed into policies in democracies. We begin with a brisk review of theoretical approaches to questions of voting, majority rule, delegation and agency, cooperation, public goods, and the commons. We then analyze some of the key institutions through which preferences are aggregated in modern democracies: electoral systems, parties, parliaments, presidents, and federalism. We then examine the ways in which these institutions can shape incentives and ultimately outcomes. We focus on two broad classes of outcomes. First, why do some democracies redistribute more than others? Second, what accounts for cross-country and time-series variation in the nature of fiscal policy? We will pay special attention to the current crisis in the European Monetary Union.

We will consider a range of arguments asserting a causal role for institutions in shaping outcomes, but also carefully consider the possibility that institutions themselves are endogenous. We will give equal attention to theory and empirical analysis.
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For more info about the summer school and the full list of courses, see: