General Conference 2012

2nd Annual General Conference of the European Political Science Association

Date: 21-23 June 2012

Venue: New Malthouse and the Environmental Forum in the Church of Resurrection Conference Centre, Berlin

FINAL PROGRAMME: Now available here.

Registration: Registration is available through

Hotel Information: We will have arrangements with several hotels, with details and booking information available from the on-line registration system.

The second annual conference of the European Political Science Association will take place from June 21-23 at the New Malthouse and the Environmental Forum in the Church of Resurrection Conference Centre, Berlin. Building on a highly successful 1st general conference held in Dublin (at the Guinness Storehouse Conference Centre), we expect about 600-700 participants from all over the world to attend the Berlin conference, in which cutting-edge research is paired with excellent networking opportunities in a great environment.

Conference presentations are organized by topic into ten broadly defined sections, designed to attract a wide variety of specific proposals for papers within each section. EPSA also invites proposals to attend as a panel chair or discussant.

Berlin is a city full with history but also brimming with life, culture, entertainment, great restaurants and bars. The EPSA conference takes place during the week in which the days are longest and the nights shortest, in a pleasant summer month. Berlin is also an extremely convenient location from the standpoint of rail, air, and road travel, and boasts a superb public transport system within the city. The conference therefore aims not just to bring together the best of the latest political science research, but also to do so in a convenient fashion for our delegates, and to make sure they also have a great time during the conference.

The call for papers is now closed.

Papers were submitted to the following sections (Click on the title for a description of the theme):

1. Electoral Studies (Jane Green)
This section welcomes papers addressing any aspect of voting (and not voting), including: the effects of institutions on the vote, the individual-level basis of the vote, the relationships between public opinion and vote choices, and the effects of strategic competition on voting. Priority will be given to papers showing innovation in research question and in research design.
2. Behavioral Politics (Orit Kedar)
The Behavioral Politics section invites proposals addressing all aspects of political behavior, including, but not limited to strategies individuals engage in, the intersection of behavior and institutions, and comparative analyses of behavior. In addition to works in the tradition of mass political behavior, works drawing on insights from psychology, economics, sociology, and other disciplines are welcome. Theore¬tical work, studies analyzing observational data or experimental data are all welcome.
3. Political Institutions and Decision (David Myatt)
The Political Institutions section of EPSA welcomes any proposals using formal or quantitative methods to analyze the institutions of parliamentary government. Substantive areas of interest include, though are not restricted to: executive-legislative relations (including government formation and termination); legislative behaviour; cabinet governance; political careers; and party competition. We welcome papers in positive political theory as well as empirical analysis of political institutions.
4. European and EU Politics (Fabio Franchino)
We invite papers on any aspect of European comparative and European Union politics, from political representation to institutional and policy analysis. We welcome proposals that are methodologically rigorous and deal with both established and emerging research themes in European politics. Preference is for works that offer fresh theoretical insights, develop new data sources, or use existing data in new and creative ways. Panel proposals that are substantively cohesive and span the divides across different themes, between empirics and theory or across different approaches are also welcome.
5. International and Domestic Conflict (Hårvard Hegre)
The 'International and Domestic Conflict' section seeks papers that systematically analyze intergroup or interstate conflicts, theoretically or empirically. The section concentrates on violent conflict, but welcomes work on other forms of intergroup conflict that does not fit naturally into other sections.
6. Political Economy (Thomas Bräuninger and Mark Kayser)
We encourage paper submissions that explain how political processes and institutions affect economic outcomes and the converse, how economic forces influence politics. Studies of the functioning of economic institutions and of the determinants of economic policies are also welcome, as are papers that apply economic and game-theoretical models to political phenomena.
7. International Politics (Han Dorussen and Erik Gartzke)
For the International Relations section, we are looking for papers that pursue formally stated arguments and/or present / analyze systematically collected empirical data. Otherwise, we welcome papers across the entire range of international relations.
8. Public Policy (Fabrizio Gilardi)
This section invites panel and paper proposals on a wide range of topics related to public policy and is open to any theoretical orientation and methodological approach. We welcome especially studies combining innovative theoretical arguments and creative research designs.
9. Political Methodology (Marco Steenbergen and William Clark)
The political methodology section invites proposals for papers, panels, and roundtables addressing all areas of empirical methodology including, but not limited to, research design, causal inference (broadly defined), model specification, estimation, and measurement. Proposals that develop new techniques for empirical political analysis or involve innovative applications of existing methods to political science research are particularly encouraged.
10. Comparative Politics (Eric Neumayer)
This section invites paper or panel proposals that study political institutions, political decisions, and policy outcomes in comparative perspective. We are not just interested in cross-country research but also invite submissions that compare different political systems on sub-national level. We particularly invite submission that offer an innovative angle to established research areas or have the capacity to open new fields of research. This specifically includes submissions which treat obvious and often neglected problems of comparative research such as heterogeneity among the units of analysis and spatial dependence not as a nuisance but as theoretically and substantively interesting.

EPSA employs a policy of non-discrimination and therefore does not have panels for graduate students only. Consequently, proposal registration does not require disclosure of the year in which the PhD was completed. In the spirit of this equal participation policy, however, all attendees face the same registration fees, although registration will be discounted for EPSA members. (EPSA may be joined separately here.) Conference registration fees will be approximately the same as in 2011, which was €130 for members and €200 for non-members.

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