IPSA Newsletter June 2010


The first conference jointly organized by IPSA and the European Consortium of Political Research (ECPR) will explore the continuing relevance of the international North-South divide, under the theme Whatever Happened to North-South? Hosted by the Brazilian Political Science Association at the University of Sao Paulo, the conference runs from February 16 to 19, 2011.

Complete conference details are available at http://saopaulo2011.ipsa.org.

Special Price for IPSA Members: Political Science in Central-East Europe

  • Book recommended by the International Political Science Association.
    Special prices for IPSA members: EUR 49.90 (G); GBP 46.95; US$75.95
    Books may be ordered directly from the publisher at info@barbara-budrich-net.
    Edited by Prof. Dr. Rainer Eisfeld, Professor emeritus of Political Science, Osnabrück University, Germany, Prof. Dr. Leslie A. Pal, Professor of Public Policy and Administration, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada. Barbara Budrich, June 2010, 317 Pages
  • http://www.ipsa.org/site/content/view/1210/38/lang,en/

This book surveys the current state and recent development of political science in post-communist Central and Eastern European countries, including Albania, Armenia, Latvia, Lithuania, Serbia and the Ukraine. Covering patterns of disciplinary institutionalization in the context of state power and international influences, achievements and deficits in research and teaching, national representation and international cooperation, the book features 19 country reports plus an introductory chapter on factors of diversity and forces of convergence.

The volume includes (1) an introductory essay by the editors of Political Science in Central-East Europe and Impact of Politics: Factors of Diversity, Forces of Convergence; (2) some 19 detailed and comparable country reports on Albania, Armenia, Belarus, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, and the Ukraine. Country reports include tables on political science faculties, students with political science as a major, and sub-fields taught at both state and private universities. Also covered are the following topics: Institutionalization of the discipline (identifying communist legacies, Western interventions and the influence of emerging albeit defective democratic regimes); achievements, deficits, prevailing approaches, and funding of research in disciplinary sub-fields; curricula, admission regulations, and degree systems in political science teaching; national representation and international cooperation (major journals and published books, political science associations, and international links); public impact of the discipline, labour market, challenges and opportunities.

Countries: Albania, Armenia, Belarus, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, and the Ukraine.  

  • PSAI Task Force on Political Reform in Ireland

The Political Studies Association of Ireland (PSAI) has established a task force on political reform in Ireland. Chaired by David Farrell, its primary aim is to ensure that political scientists are able to contribute to ongoing debates on political reform in Ireland.

Other members of the task force include Elaine Byrne, Neil Collins, Michael Marsh, Gary Murphy, Eoin O'Malley and Jane Suiter.

To date, activities have included regular contributions to the http://politicalreform.ie/ blog, and the writing of opinion pieces in leading newspapers. The site is currently receiving over 200 hits per day and is gaining momentum. The task force will also be holding sessions at the annual conference this October.

People are invited to contribute to the blog through discussions and responses.

THE Portal of Political Science!


Use IPSAPORTAL to navigate the top online political science resources. More than 300 outstanding websites are selected, reviewed and evaluated to provide scholars and students worldwide with an extraordinary research tool.  IPSA Portal was recently enhanced with a Feeds section making it possible to receive the latest content from selected websites. IPSAPORTAL is available at http://ipsaportal.net/.

  • Journal of Bangladesh Studies

Given the dearth of scholarly journals from Bangladesh in major libraries, the Journal of Bangladesh Studies (JBS) was launched in 1999 to establish itself among its South Asian peers as a knowledge reservoir on Bangladesh. Now entering its twelfth year, JBS is a double-blind, peer-reviewed journal published by the Bangladesh Development Initiative (BDI), and its purpose is to promote the development of Bangladesh. Today, JBS adorns the shelves of Berkeley, Columbia, Princeton, Cambridge, Illinois, Syracuse and other renowned universities.

Back issues with a lag of two years are currently available at

(http://www.bdiusa.org/publications/jbs.shtml). Please visit the website for articles of interest and feel free to tell your colleagues and fellow scholars about JBS. You’ll find some excellent material, which the editorial board hopes you’ll further enrich with contributions to the journal. Readers (i.e. academics) are invited to contribute to the journal.

IPSA's longest-running publication

Created in 1951, the INTERNATIONAL POLITICAL SCIENCE ABSTRACTS is among the most important sources of bibliographical information for researchers and students in political science and in related fields. Six issues annually provide about 8,000 abstracts of articles selected from among nearly 1,000 journals (and yearbooks) worldwide. Currently in its 60th year, the print edition has been published by SAGE London since 2007. Editor Paul Godt and Co-Editor Serge Hurtig invite IPSA members to subscribe at the special price of US$85 (contact membership@ipsa.org). Libraries and other institutions interested in the fully searchable online database are asked to contact EBSCO (database from Vol. 1, Issue 1) or Ovid (since 1989), each of which offers substantial discounts to developing countries.

Submit an Article to IPSR and Read the Journal

First published in 1980, the INTERNATIONAL POLITICAL SCIENCE REVIEW (IPSR) is a major international journal committed to publishing material that makes a significant contribution to international political science. It meets the need to study political phenomena in the context of increased international interdependence and global change.

IPSR welcomes work by scholars focusing on controversial themes, developing innovative concepts and methodologies of political analysis, and venturing beyond the scope of a single culture.

The editors of IPSR, Yvonne Galligan and Mark Kesselman, invite you to submit an article by visiting http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/ipsr.


  • Books by Members

Puissances émergentes et multilatéralisme: Le cas de l'Afrique du Sud (1999-2008).
Analyse des stratégies d'une puissance émergente
Par Folashadé A. Soulé-Kohndou


Promises and Limits of Web-deliberation

By Raphaël Kies


Political Science in Central-East Europe: Diversity and Convergence

Edited by Rainer Eisfeld and Leslie A. Pal


Be generous by giving to the IPSA Global South Solidarity Fund.

Additional references:
IPSA Website
International Political Science Review
International Political Science Abstracts

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2010.06.21-23 | RC09 2010 Interim Meeting (Bologna, Italy)

2010.06-07.21-05 | EITM Europe 2010 at Mannheim Summer School (Mannheim, Germany)

2010.06.22-25 | International Conference of Human Rights and Good Governance (Sudbury, Canada)

2010.06.23-24 | The Hole in Time: German-Jewish Political Philosophy and the Archive (London, UK)

2010.06.23-25 | 5th International Conference in Interpretive Policy Analysis (Grenoble, France)

2010.06.23-25 | Deliberative and participatory democracy in the UK (Glasgow, UK)

2010.06.24-26 | 5th Pan-European Conference on the EU (Porto, Portugal)

2010.06.24-26 | Ethno-cultural Diversity & the Problem of Tolerance in the Globalizing World (St. Petersburg, Russia)

2010.06.25 | Launch of the World Social Science Report 2010: Knowledge Divides (Paris, France)

2010.06.25-27 | Networking Democracy: New Media Innovations in Participatory Politics (Cluj, Romania)

2010.06.26-27 | IPSA RC 31, Articulations of Justice Pt. 1: Justice and Liberty (Jena, Germany)

2010.06.28-30 | 4th IMA International Analysing Conflict Transformation Conference (Oxford, UK)

2010.06.29-30 | Living Together (Guildford, UK)

2010.06-07.29-04 | 3rd International Symposium on The Black Sea Region in Flux (Aegina, Greece)

2010.06-07.30-02 | Beyond Citizenship: Feminism and the Transformation of Belonging (London, UK)

2010.06-07.30-02 | Fourth Oceanic Conference on International Studies (Auckland, New Zealand)

2010.07.01-02 | Thinking (With)Out Borders II (St Andrews, Scotland)

2010.07.04-05 | 10th International CISS Millennium Conference (Venice, Italy)

2010.07.05-08 | 18th Biennial Conference of Asian Studies Association of Australia (Adelaide, Australia)

2010.07.07-10 | ISPP 33rd Annual Scientific Meeting (San Francisco, USA)

2010.07.07-10 | The Spectres of Utopia: 11th International Conference of the Utopian Studies Society/Europe (Lublin, Poland)

2010.07.08-09 | Symposium on Antarctic Politics (Christchurch, New Zealand)

2010.07.08-10 | 2nd International Conference on Climate Change: Impacts and Responses (Brisbane, Australia)

2010.07.08-11 | RC5 Local Government in a Changing World (Jerusalem, Israel)

2010.07.11-17 | Sociology on the Move, XVII ISA Congress of Sociology (Gothenberg, Sweden)

2010.07.19-20 | 2010 Melbourne Conference on China: Chinese Elites and their Rivals – Past, Present and Future (Melbourne, Australia)

2010.07.19-21 | Derrida Today Conference (London, UK)

2010.07.19-22 | 10th International Conference on Diversity in Organisations, Communities and Nations (Ireland)

2010.07.19-29 | The Istanbul-Ankara Exchange (Ankara, Turkey)

2010.07-08.19-06 | APSA Africa Workshop: Global Perspectives on Politics and Gender (Dar es Salaam, Tanzania)

2010.07.21-24 | 2nd Paris International Conference on Education, Economy, and Society (Paris, France)

2010.07-08.28-10 | CERIUM Summer Schools (Montréal, Canada)

2010.07-08.30-01 | China in Search of Sustainable Development, Social Harmony & Soft Power (Beverly, USA)

2010.07-08.30-14 | ECPR Summer School in Methods and Techniques (Ljubljana, Slovenia)


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Congrès des trois pays de l’ASSP, DVPW et ÖGPW
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41st Annual Urban Affairs Association Conference
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6th annual Graduate Conference
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4th Annual NYU-CESS Experimental Political Science Conference
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