IPSA Newsletter - October 2021

Current and former presidents of IPSA, the American Political Science Association (APSA) and the International Studies Association (ISA) gathered for IPSA’s Pre-APSA Annual Meeting workshop on 27 September 2021, entitled The Importance of Developing Ties between Political Science Associations. IPSA President Dianne Pinderhughes chaired the online workshop, with the participation of five prominent scholars: Dr. Janet Box-Steffensmeier (Ohio State University, APSA President); Dr. Kristian Skrede Gleditsch (University of Essex, ISA President); Dr. Rodney Hero (Arizona State University, former IPSA Vice-President and former APSA President); Prof. Dr. Marianne Kneuer (University of Hildesheim, IPSA Past President) and Dr. Helen V. Milner (Princeton University, former IPSA and ISA President).
The speakers presented their efforts to collaborate with other organizations and highlighted that associations face similar issues such as academic freedom and freedom of speech and that they have common interests and goals. The event concluded with a Q&A session with the audience.
We are pleased to announce that IPSA and the International Studies Association (ISA) have signed an agreement to enhance their academic cooperation.
A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed by both associations and announced at IPSA’s Pre-APSA Annual Meeting Workshop, The Importance of Developing Ties between Political Science Associations, by IPSA President, Dr. Dianne Pinderhughes and ISA President, Dr. Kristian Skrede Gleditsch on 27 September 2021. The MoU has established an official bilateral agreement between the two associations, allowing them to further their existing collaboration on several fronts.
IPSA presented an online panel at the 2021 APSA Annual Meeting chaired by IPSA Executive Committee member Prof. Umut Korkut, under the theme Radicalization and De-radicalization as Processes and the Role of the State.
The panel, held on 29 September 2021, looked at papers that analyze recent cases of radicalization, considering the role of the state in facilitating the growth of contemporary right-wing radicalism. An understanding of the evolution of radicalization along an I-GAP (injustice-grievance-alienation-polarization), a term at the heart of the Horizon 2020-funded D.Rad: Deradicalization in Europe and Beyond: Detect, Resolve, Reintegrate, served as its point of departure.
The 11th Annual IPSA-NUS Summer School for Social Science Research Methods will be held at the National University of Singapore on 4-15 July 2022.
The Methods School will offer a full slate of basic to advanced courses in quantitative, qualitative, and formal research methods. All courses will focus on the theory and practice of social science research. Participants will receive excellent hands-on training in state-of-the-art methods and techniques from our highly experienced international faculty.
Registration for all Methods School courses will open in late 2021.
The latest issue of the International Political Science Review (IPSR) for September 2021 has been published (Volume 42, Number 4). This special issue, entitled Regional Sanctions and the Struggle for Democracy, contains eight research papers on the subject.
Regional organisations (ROs) around the world increasingly use sanctions against member states in situations of democratic crisis. This special issue unpacks the trend of RO sanctions in regions that are both democracy-dense (Europe and the Americas) and autocracy-dense (Africa, Southeast Asia, and the Middle East).
IPSA members can access the full IPSR archive from 1980 to the present through the My IPSA menu. Published by SAGE, IPSR is the flagship journal of IPSA and is committed to publishing peer-reviewed material that makes a significant contribution to international political science.
We value the feedback from our delegates and it helps us improve the organization of future IPSA World Congresses. This year, nearly a quarter of all attendees completed the IPSA World Congress Satisfaction Survey. The respondents expressed great satisfaction with the organization and unfolding of IPSA's first virtual Congress while offering constructive recommendations on how to enrich the participants' experience. Here is an overview of some of the responses received:
  • 83% of the respondents were either very satisfied or satisfied with the overall organization of the IPSA Virtual World Congress;
  • 69% of the respondents claimed that the Congress either exceeded or met their expectations;
  • Nearly 80% of the presenters (authors, discussants or roundtable participants) were satisfied with the Virtual Platform.
The following five participants who completed the survey received free registrations to the 2023 World Congress in Buenos Aires. Congratulations to the winners who will be receiving an email from IPSA!
  • Herbert Mba Aki, Hanyang University, South Korea
  • Lohna Bonkat-Jonathan, National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies, Nigeria
  • Nataly López, Universidad Nacional de Colombia - Sede Medellin, Colombia
  • Grevilma Kurniati Pertiwi, Universitas Indonesia, Indonesia
  • Bo Kyung Kim, Seoul National University, South Korea
We wish to thank all respondents for participating in the survey and will use the feedback to improve the World Congress in the future.
FOR 2022
IPSA is in the process of renewing its memberships for the year 2022.
We invite you to explore the advantages and services an IPSA membership offers and to consider becoming a member or renewing your membership for 2022 as of today. Your contribution is crucial to furthering our mission to promote the advancement of political science throughout the world.
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1. The power of tech giants, and the role of States in relation to them, has been one of the most discussed issues in Western democracies in the past few weeks. In China, domestic tech giants for two decades have dominated the market, with considerable leeway in their business activities in spite of the firm grip that the Communist Party holds on politics. In the last month alone, however, Chinese lawmakers have adopted at least four new laws and regulations with the potential to reshape the Chinese Internet. Follow the debate in leading international newspapers, such as The Economist (China has become a laboratory for the regulation of digital technology) and Wired UK (Why China crushed its tech giants). (Media Sources on the IPSAPortal).
2. Global Internet freedom declined for the 11th consecutive year. This worrying trend is outlined in the latest report by Freedom House, entitled “Freedom on the Net 2021, The Global Drive to Control Big Tech.” The analysis draws from a few straight conclusions to develop its argument: Governments have clashed with tech companies on users’ rights. Free expression online is under unprecedented strain. China ranks as the worst environment for Internet freedom for the seventh consecutive year. The United States’ score declined for the fifth consecutive year. And state intervention must protect human rights online and preserve an open Internet. (Thematic Networks on the IPSAPortal).
3. The COVID-19 pandemic has provoked a major shift in companies’ organizational and business models. The most recent McKinsey Report, entitled The New Digital Edge: Rethinking Strategy for the Post-pandemic Era, confirms the results of a previous McKinsey survey in July of 2020, indicating that “the technology capabilities will be critical to companies’ exit strategies as well as to what comes next. Survey respondents – over 1,000 executives and senior managers across various industries, functions, company sizes and regions – believe that their companies will need to build new digital businesses to stay economically viable, as they are vulnerable to digital disruption. Changes in the market and labour will be among the most strategic issues to study in the future. (Research Institutes on the IPSAPortal).