[IPSA Newsletter] July-August 2019

International Political Science Association/
Association internationale de science politique
July-August 2019 Newsletter





The Call for Papers for the 2020 World Congress is Opening on August 7

The Call for Papers for the 2020 IPSA World Congress of Political Science opens on August 7.

We welcome paper proposals on any subject in Political Science, and look forward to featuring special sessions and events focused on the Congress theme “New Nationalisms in an Open World.”

More than 300 open panels are awaiting your paper abstracts, and there is still time to submit closed-panel proposals.

Closed Panel Submissions
Deadline for closed panel proposals: 10 October 2019
To submit a closed panel proposal, you are responsible for recruiting 4 to 6 paper presenters.

Paper Abstract Submissions
Call for papers opens: 7 August 2019
Deadline for paper proposals: 10 October 2019 

Paper abstracts may be submitted to a session of interest, or to a specific open panel within that session. The three types of sessions are:

-Research Committee (RC) sessions
-General Sessions (GS)
-Local Organizing Committee (LOC) Sessions

       View Sessions Open to Submissions

Please visit wc2020.ipsa.org to find important deadlines and submission guidelines and to submit closed panels and paper proposals.  


Gayatri Spivak and Liah Greenfeld Confirmed as Plenary Speakers for the 2020 IPSA World Congress

IPSA is proud to announce that Professor Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, University Professor in the Humanities at Columbia University, and Professor Liah Greenfeld, University Professor and Professor of Sociology, Political Science, and Anthropology at  Boston University, will serve as plenary speakers for the 26th IPSA World Congress of Political Science in Lisbon.

In their plenary speeches, both speakers will focus on nationalism. Professor Spivak will deliver a plenary address titled Why Nationalisms in South and North Today?


Professor Greenfeld will give a plenary speech
titled Globalization of Nationalism which will address the nature of nationalism: national consciousness, national identity, and the organization of communities as nations. 


2020 World Congress Exhibitors & Sponsorship Kit Available

Every two years, the IPSA World Congress of Political Science gathers expert scholars from various disciplines and prominent institutions worldwide.

We invite you to take part in this international event through partnership, exhibition, and advertising opportunities. Please consult our  Sponsors & Exhibitors webpage, featuring a variety of customized offers.

If you are interested in our sponsorship or exhibition opportunities, please complete the Advertising and Exhibition Form (PDF), or contact us at exhibition@ipsa.org


Special Issue of Participation 

IPSA has published a special issue of Participation (Vol 42, July 2019) on the 2020 IPSA World Congress. The new issue provides detailed information about the Congress theme, plenary speakers, Congress program, Local Organizing Committee, Congress venue, and practical information for travelling to Lisbon. In this issue, we also have articles about IPSA’s 70th Anniversary, National Associations, Research Committees, and Summer Schools. 

Download this issue at Participation Special Issue 


IPSA Celebrates its 70th Anniversary

IPSA will celebrate its 70th  anniversary in November at its founding location in Paris, in collaboration with the French Political Science Association. As part of the 70th-anniversary celebration, an academic conference will be held at Sorbonne University's  

Michelle Bachelet Jeria, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, will deliver a keynote speech on 22 November 2019, followed by roundtable discussions. One of the roundtables will be titled “Political Science in Turbulent Times: 1949-2019,” while the other roundtable will focus on academic freedom.

For more information: https://www.ipsa.org/events/ipsas-70th-anniversary


Call for IPSA President and President-Elect

Call for IPSA President 2020-2022 and President-Elect are now open! In accordance with the recently modified procedures, IPSA will nominate a President-Elect, who will serve a two-year term under that title, before becoming President of IPSA for the 2022-2024 term. IPSA will elect both a President and a President-Elect in the 2020 elections.

Deadline: 30 September 2019 

For more information about the calls: 

Call for President

Call for President-Elect


IPSA Call for Awards Now Open

Nominations and applications are open for the following IPSA Awards: 

IPSA Awards



The Karl Deutsch Award


1 NOV 2019 (Nomination)

Juan Linz Prize


1 NOV 2019 (Nomination)

Prize of the Foundation Mattei Dogan awarded by the IPSA for High Achievement in Political Science


1 NOV 2019 (Nomination)

Global South Award


1 MAR 2020 (Application)

The Stein Rokkan Travel Grant Award


1 MAR 2020 (Application)

For more information on nomination guidelines and criteria, please visit our Awards page https://www.ipsa.org/resources/ipsa-awards 


IPSA Secretariat Welcomes Two New Employees

We are pleased to announce that two new employees have joined our team. Dârini Vedarattiname has been appointed to the position of Senior Director – Membership, Communication, and Strategy. She will be responsible for managing all aspects of external communications involving membership. She will also implement the internal and external messaging strategy of the association, providing communication and marketing support for the association’s programs. She will work closely with other teams to develop and coordinate web content, social media, media relations, and branding.

Ignacio Delgado has been appointed to the position of Web Developer. He will work with our IT Project Manager, Eric Grève, to update and program the features of our websites to improve Membership services. 


IPSA Summer Schools

11th IPSA-USP Summer School in São Paulo Receiving Applications for the 2020 Session

The 11th Annual IPSA-USP Summer School in Concepts, Methods, and Techniques in Political Science, Public Policy, and International Relations will be held at the University of São Paulo, Brazil, from January 6 to 31, 2020.

The Summer School is organized as an intensive four-week program. The first week consists of a core foundational block to ensure participants gain fundamental skills that are essential to methodological training. The next three sessions consist of one-week courses organized along methodological tracks. The core foundational block will take place from January 6 to 10, 2020. 

For further details on the School’s courses and instructors, financial aid, registration fees, and more, visit the website or contact summeripsa@usp.br

Applications are due 1 October 2019.


What's New on the IPSAPortal?

1. Have you ever asked yourself “What’s the best fact-checker in the world?” Well take a look at the finalists for the Global Fact 6 Awards, announced at the annual summit of The International Fact-Checking Network, a unit of the Poynter Institute dedicated to bringing together fact-checkers worldwide. The awards recognize twelve websites in three categories. Winners for the Most Bizarre fact-check are Colombiacheck(Colombia), Corrective (Germany), DELFI (Lithuania) and Rappler Inc.(Philippines). Recognized for Most Creative Format are BBC Africa Eye(UK), France 24 Observer (France), Pagella Politica (Italy) and Fatabyyano.net (Jordan). The sites recognized for  Best Correction were Africa Check (South Africa), TEMPO (Indonesia), Kakatabaari EDU (Finland) and FactCeck.org (United States). Start here to explore a variety of fact-checking initiatives worldwide. (Thematic Networks on the IPSAPortal)

2. What do internet population and use statistics look like in 2019? How does the increase in internet use compare across different regions? Where is there still room for market expansion? Both Europe and North America have high market penetration rates at 86.8% and 89.4% respectively. Although countries in these two regions have seen a significant 200% growth in internet use since the year 2000, this is nothing compared to the massive 10,000% increase seen in Africa or 5,000% increase in the Middle East. The comparison of the penetration rates is revealing; while North America and Europe see a consolidated diffusion (71.8% and 41.1% respectively), in Asia the penetration rate of 19.3% shows the huge potential for future growth. See Internetworldstats.com for more interesting facts and figures regarding internet use. (Data Banks on the IPSAPortal)

3. The multi-faceted political, legal and economic implications of Brexit are pushing the research community to provide more highly structured analyses of developments. Dublin City University, for example, has set up a Brexit Institute, a hub for academic and policy perspectives.  The Brexit Institute’s website reports events and seminars (e.g. “Brexit and the Future of Europe”), alongside scholarly articles like the 2nd Brexit Report, as well as blog posts. The Elsevier community also provides free access to data, metrics, reports, and other resources to help members of the global research community monitor any effects of Brexit on funding, citizens’ rights, data regulation, and more. (Thematic Networks on the IPSAPortal)


International Political Science Review - Volume 40, Number 3, June 2019

Special Issue: Building Better Elections: Electoral Management and Electoral Integrity
Guest editors: Toby S James, Holly Ann Garnett, Leontine Loeber and Carolien van Ham

Editorial Introduction
Electoral management and the organisational determinants of electoral integrity: Introduction
Toby S James, Holly Ann Garnett, Leontine Loeber and Carolien van Ham

Special Issue Articles
Building impartial electoral management? Institutional design, independence and electoral integrity
Carolien van Ham and Holly Ann Garnett

Evaluating electoral management body capacity
Holly Ann Garnett

The cost of democracy: The determinants of spending on the public administration of elections
Alistair Clark

Better workers, better elections? Electoral management body workforces and electoral integrity worldwide
Toby S. James

Conclusions: The new research agenda on electoral management
Pippa Norris

The legacy of military dictatorship: Explaining violent crime in democracies
Erica Frantz

Accountability through government alternation: Economic performance and the conditional role of political institutions in fifty countries, 1990–2015
Alessandro Pellegata and Mario Quaranta

Explaining disappearances as a tool of political terror
Paloma Aguilar and Iosif Kovras