IPSA Newsletter May 2012


22nd IPSA World Congress of Political Science, Madrid (Spain)

Paper Upload Deadline Extended to June 15

Due to many requests, the deadline for papers to be uploaded has been extended to June 15, 2012. Papers must be in the following format:

• In French or English

• Spanish for LOC panels ONLY

• No longer than 25 pages, single-spaced on A4 or letter-size page

• Font: Arial, Size: 12

• Document format: PDF

Seeking Panel Chairs and Discussants

Are you presenting a paper at the World Congress?  Would you be interested in serving as a chair or discussant on other panel(s)? Write to madrid2012@ipsa.org indicating your area of interest and you may be selected to serve as a panel chair or discussant.

Javier Solana to Present Plenary at World Congress

IPSA is pleased to announce that Javier Solana will present the final plenary session at the World Congress. Titled “Key Challenges in a Globalized World,” the session will be held on Wednesday, July 11 at 1 p.m.

Javier Solana has held the world’s highest political offices: He served as Secretary General of NATO from 1995 to 1999, and EU High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy from 1999 to 2009. As a key player and a keen observer of the sea changes that have occurred at the international level in the last 17 years, Mr. Solana will discuss the emerging challenges faced by societies in a post-postmodern century.

For a description of Mr. Solana’s plenary, please go to http://www.ipsa.org/my-ipsa/events/madrid2012/schedule/key-challenges-globalized-world

International Symposium on the Global Political Economy and the 108th IPSA Executive Committee Meeting, Tokyo (Japan)

The 108th IPSA Executive Committee Meeting was held at the modern Waseda University in Tokyo, Japan from April 14 to 15, 2012. The meetings were a resounding success.

In keeping with IPSA tradition, the meetings were held in conjunction with academic activities presented by the International Political Science Association, the Japanese Political Science Association, GLOPE II, Waseda University and the Suntory Foundation. On April 16, Dr. Leonardo Morlino, President of IPSA, and Helen Milner, First Vice President of IPSA, delivered a special lecture at the International Symposium on Global Political Economy, which was held at Waseda University’s Masaru Ibuka Auditorium in Tokyo, Japan.


Phenomena such as Japan’s economic decline following the tragic earthquake of 2011 and the continued financial turmoil in the EU sparked by Greek debt crisis can no longer be treated as domestic economic problems. This symposium highlights the significance of efforts to better understand our human society by studying political economy from a global perspective.


“Democracies in Hard Times, Facing Financial Crisis in Europe”

Leonardo Morlino, President of IPSA, Professor, LUISS, Italy

“Globalization and International Governance”

Helen Milner, First Vice President of IPSA, Professor, Princeton University, USA


Yoshiko Kojo, University of Tokyo

Aiji Tanaka, Waseda University

(Leader of GLOPE II).

Click here to view the complete video of these speeches (2h28)

First IPSA-NUS Summer School for Research Methods in Social and Political Science (Singapore)

The International Political Science Association and the department of political science at the National University of Singapore are proud to announce the first IPSA-NUS Summer School for Research Methods in Social and Political Science.

The first event of its kind in Asia, the school runs from June 25 to July 6, 2012, at the National University of Singapore. It offers intensive training in advanced social science research methods, and all courses are given by outstanding faculty from the U.S. and Europe with relevant teaching experience.

While the summer school is geared primarily to graduate students, post-doctoral fellows and junior faculty working in the social sciences, anyone intent on improving their qualitative or quantitative research skills may enroll.

For details on courses, registration and scholarships, please visit http://sg-summerschool.ipsa.org/. If you have any questions, please contact Eugene Tan at ipsa@nus.edu.sg.

International Political Science Review (IPSR) - Editorial Transition

We would like to announce an editorial transition at the International Political Science Review. Yvonne Galligan provided IPSR with splendid editorial guidance for six years. Most recently, she helped launch several important innovations at IPSR, including Online First, the Editors’ Choice theme feature, which makes articles available electronically before they appear in the print issue of IPSR, and the organization of the Meisel-Laponce Award in recognition of the best article published in IPSR since IPSA’s XXIst World Congress in Santiago, Chile, in July 2009. Last year, Yvonne notified the IPSA Executive Committee of her intention to step down as editor of IPSR. The Executive Committee proceeded to appoint a sub-committee of the EC Publications Committee for purposes of soliciting applications to succeed Yvonne. Many fine applications were submitted, attesting to IPSR’s widespread support throughout the world. The search committee nominated Marian Sawer to replace Yvonne, and IPSA’s Executive Committee has unanimously voted to offer Marian the position of Senior Editor of IPSR. Marian will join Mark Kesselman as Senior Editor at IPSA’s World Congress in Madrid in July. Yvonne has graciously agreed to work with Marian and Mark through 2012 to ensure a smooth editorial transition.

Marian is a distinguished scholar and public intellectual. She has published books and articles on liberal ideology, democratic institutions, women’s political representation, women’s policy machinery and women’s movements. Marian is the former head of the political science program, and she is currently Emeritus Professor at the Australian National University. She is the former president of the Australian Political Studies Association, which presented her with its Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009. She was elected to the IPSA Executive Committee in 2006. No stranger to IPSR, Marian published an article titled “What Makes the Substantive Representation of Women Possible?” in the June issue of IPSR. We look forward to working with Marian with the objective of maintaining and consolidating IPSR’s position as a leading international political science 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. Now 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.

What’s new on the IPSAPortal?

News from the IPSAPortal:

1) Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have launched edX, a new partnership in online education. Based on the MITx platform, edX will offer complimentary Harvard and MIT courses, including video lessons, embedded testing, feedback, questions and answers, and collaborative Web-based laboratories. A first set of courses will be announced in the summer, with courses scheduled to start in the fall of 2012. (Schools and departments on the IPSAPortal)

2) The Study Centre for the European Project Site (Europressresearch) has trained its focus on the recent French Presidential elections, offering several comments on the principal traits of the new French political perspectives and challenges. (Research Institutes on the IPSAPortal)

3)    At the initiative of its leading scholars, the Hoover Institution of Stanford University sponsors a debate on the U.S. presidential elections, with contributions available in video or audio format. (Research Institutes on the IPSAPortal)

4) The Political Communication Lab website features contributions on campaign ads, the Republican presidential primary and the role of media in the presidential race. All the Republican campaign ads are available on the website. (Thematic Networks on the IPSAPortal)

5) The May 2012 issue of Party Politics takes a comprehensive look at competition between political parties as well as their organization and financing, with numerous case studies cited. (Journal Feeds on the IPSAPortal)

Political Science News

Online Memorial to Guillermo O'Donnell (1936-2011)

Dear friends and colleagues:

Thank you for sharing your reflections on the legacy and impact of the work of Guillermo O’Donnell. Your testimonials, in writing and on video, helped to mark a remarkable tribute to Guillermo in Buenos Aires. Guillermo was an amazing person who had a huge impact, and it was an honour to celebrate his life and work with so many people who were touched by him.

Many others wrote papers or served as discussants during a conference presented in Buenos Aires on “Guillermo O’Donnell and the Study of Democracy.” The conference was organized by the University of Notre Dame’s Kellogg Institute for International Studies in conjunction with colleagues from the University of San Andrés, the University of Buenos Aires, the Universidad Nacional de San Martín, the Asociación Nacional de Politólogos, the Argentine Society of Political Analysis, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars’ Latin American Program, and the United Nations Development Program.

We were impressed by the hard work that went into the conference and deeply moved by the tributes.

We would like to share with you a tribute Web page on Guillermo’s life and legacy. Click on the following link for access to the letters we have received, and for links to other tributes, press reports and a slightly edited version of the video tribute presented in Buenos Aires on March 27. And please share it with others who may be interested.


Finally, the conference co-organizers, Dan Brinks, Marcelo Leiras and Scott Mainwaring, are reviewing and editing the papers from the conference for an academic volume we intend to publish with a major university press. Guillermo, we believe, would be pleased. Scott Mainwaring, Steve Reifenberg and Sharon Schierling

MIT and Harvard announce EdX that will offer classes online for free

Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) today announced edX, a transformational new partnership in online education. Through edX, the two institutions will collaborate to enhance campus-based teaching and learning and build a global community of online learners.

EdX will build on both universities’ experience in offering online instructional content. The technological platform recently established by MITx, which will serve as the foundation for the new learning system, was designed to offer online versions of MIT courses featuring video lesson segments, embedded quizzes, immediate feedback, student-ranked questions and answers, online laboratories, and student paced learning. Certificates of mastery will be available for those motivated and able to demonstrate their knowledge of the course material.

MIT and Harvard expect that over time other universities will join them in offering courses on the edX platform. The gathering of many universities’ educational content together on one site will enable learners worldwide to access the course content of any participating university from a single website, and to use a set of online educational tools shared by all participating universities.

EdX will release its learning platform as open source software so it can be used by other universities and organizations who wish to host the platform themselves. Because the learning technology will be available as open-source software, other universities and individuals will be able to help edX improve and add features to the technology.

MIT and Harvard will use the jointly operated edX platform to research how students learn and how technologies can facilitate effective teaching both on-campus and online. The edX platform will enable the study of which teaching methods and tools are most successful. The findings of this research will be used to inform how faculty use technology in their teaching, which will enhance the experience for students on campus and for the millions expected to take advantage of these new online offerings.

“EdX represents a unique opportunity to improve education on our own campuses through online learning, while simultaneously creating a bold new educational path for millions of learners worldwide,” MIT President Susan Hockfield said.

Harvard President Drew Faust said, “edX gives Harvard and MIT an unprecedented opportunity to dramatically extend our collective reach by conducting groundbreaking research into effective education and by extending online access to quality higher education.”

“Harvard and MIT will use these new technologies and the research they will make possible to lead the direction of online learning in a way that benefits our students, our peers, and people across the nation and the globe,” Faust continued.


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