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Best Paper Award at the General Conference in Hamburg

Best Paper Award at the General Conference in Hamburg

The Standing Group on Democratic Innovations has decided to give the Best Paper Award at the General Conference in Hamburg 2018 to Céline Colombo from the University of Zurich for her paper “Principles or Pragmatism? Morality Politics in Direct Democracy.” In the paper, Céline builds on her previous research published in the British Journal of Political Science in which she challenged the perception that citizens lack political sophistication to make informed decisions on policy matters. Using novel data, she demonstrated that a large number…

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New Steering Committee

New Steering Committee

This is the results of the election of the new Steering Committee of the SG on Democratic Innovations. The elected members are (in alphabetical order): André Bächtiger, University of Stuttgart, Germany Nicole Curato, University of Canberra, Australia Kimmo Grönlund, Åbo Akademi University, Finland Sofie Marien, KU Leuven, Belgium Jane Suiter, Dublin City University, Ireland Thank you for taking part in the election, 89 members voted. Thank you Joan Font, Brigitte Geissel and Graham Smith, who wanted to step down, for your commitment…

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Section chairs for the ECPR General Conference 2019

Section chairs for the ECPR General Conference 2019

The next ECPR General Conference is 4-7 September 2019 in Wroclaw, Poland. We need a Democratic Innovations section and two chairs. If you are interested in chairing, be in touch with the convenors Kimmo Grönlund (kimmo.gronlund[at]abo.fi) and André Bächtiger (andre.baechtiger[at]sowi.uni-stuttgart.de) as soon as possible. Our section proposal needs to be submitted to the ECPR by 19 November 2018.

The ballot is open, vote for a new Steering Committee

The ballot is open, vote for a new Steering Committee

Please take part in the election of the new Steering Committee for the SG on Democratic Innovations. The election is conducted electronically (STV), and open until October 1st. Please cast your vote now. Log on to the MyECPR account, and under the MyECPR menu you will find Democratic Innovations Steering Committee Election 2018 Final Vote Cast your vote there!  

Notes from business meeting in Hamburg

Notes from business meeting in Hamburg

Thank you for attending the ECPR general conference and inspiring us with your great papers and contributions! In conjunction to the conference we had a business meeting. The meeting was well-attended, with 50 participants – thank you to all of you who showed up at the meeting! If you missed the meeting you can find notes from it here: Democratic Innovations Business Meeting_Hamburg 2018_notes  

ECPR Joint Sessions 2019

ECPR Joint Sessions 2019

ECPR Joint Sessions of Workshops, Mons, 8-12 April 2019 Call for Papers Workshop Political Parties and Deliberative Practices: Use and Abuse This workshop is endorsed by the Standing Group. There are three major reasons for which political parties may engage with deliberative democracy: intra-party democracy, parties’ functions and their public image. First, many political parties have complex organizations in which the rights of members are important. As such, members make increasing demands to receive a voice in the decision-making process….

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Candidates for the new steering committee and business meeting

Candidates for the new steering committee and business meeting

At the business meeting in conjunction with the ECPR General Conference candidates for the new steering committee will have the possibility to present him- or herself. The Business Meeting will take place Friday 24 August from 13:00-14:00, in Building VMP 8, Room 105. Please note that each candidate can only use up to three minutes, since the meeting also covers other business. Alas, the SG has not funds, so please bring your own lunch to the Business Meeting. We will now notify the…

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Workshop Democratic Innovations in Theory & Practice. Zurich 6 – 7 December 2018. Call for abstracts

Workshop Democratic Innovations in Theory & Practice. Zurich 6 – 7 December 2018. Call for abstracts

The Doctoral Program Democracy Studies at the University of Zurich invites PhD students, postdoctoral researchers and advanced MA students for its 2-day workshop on democratic innovations. The workshop will bring together renowned academic experts and practitioners from the field of democratic innovations, with the intention to analyze how democratic innovations face opportunities and challenges not only in theory but also in practice; thus, seeking to foster a dialogue between academic research and practical knowledge. Invited guests ares: • Joan Font (IESA,…

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COST Action

COST Action

With colleagues from across and outside Europe, we have put together a network around the theme of deliberative democracy and constitution-making, following the publication of a book (http://press.ecpr.eu/book_details.asp?bookTitleID=395). This network has now been accepted as a COST Action (http://www.cost.eu). You might know that such Action funds networking activities and our objective is to bring together all actors interested in the vast topic of Deliberative Constitution-Making, and not only academics, but also practitioners, public servants, civil society, politicians. Should you be willing…

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Nominations to the Steering Committee of the SG on Democratic Innovations

Nominations to the Steering Committee of the SG on Democratic Innovations

Dear Members of the Standing Group on Democratic Innovations, we need to elect a new Steering Committee.  The incumbent SC has decided to open a nomination period as of today. You may nominate yourself (for some reason, the ECPR Constitution does not allow for nominations of other members) until June 15. The election (if needed), will be held electronically, most likely in August. If you want to nomimate yourself, send an e-mail to deminno@outlook.com by the latest June 15. The new SC will…

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