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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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The Deliberative Quality of  Communication Conference 2018

The Deliberative Quality of  Communication Conference 2018

The Deliberative Quality of  Communication Conference, November 8 -9, 2018 at the Mannheim Centre for European Social Research (MZES; Germany) We invite you to submit an abstract until June 15, 2018, via the conference website www.mzes.uni-mannheim.de/DQComm2018. Keynote speaker: Kaisa Herne (University of Tampere) Roundtable on the future of deliberation research with: André Bächtiger (University of Stuttgart), Céline Colombo (University of Zürich), Christiane Eilders (University of Düsseldorf), and Hartmut Wessler (University of Mannheim). More information is also found here: DQComm2018_Call for…

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Research Associate at the University of Canberra, Australia

Research Associate at the University of Canberra, Australia

Call for Applications Due: April 30, 2018 The Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance (the Centre) was awarded an Australian Research Council Discovery Research Grant for the project A Metastudy of Democratic Deliberation (DP180103014) and is seeking staff to join the research team. The project is hiring a Research Associate whose main task is to gather and organise case data that investigators will use for qualitative content analysis and advanced quantitative analysis. Dr Simon Niemeyer, Professor John Dryzek and…

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Best Paper Award from our section at the ECPR General Conference 2017

Best Paper Award from our section at the ECPR General Conference 2017

Best Paper Award Section 63: The Diversity of Democratic Innovations, ECPR General Conference, Oslo 2017 The Standing Group on Democratic Innovations of the ECPR has decided to award Hans Asenbaum from the University of Westminster, UK, for his paper ”Online Anonymity in Deliberative Democracy: Disinhibition and Contestation or Deindividuation and Conformity?” Exploring the role of online anonymity in relation to deliberative democracy is both topical and relevant to the research field of democratic innovations. Deliberative democratic theory views the diversity of…

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Business meeting at the ECPR General conference in Oslo

Business meeting at the ECPR General conference in Oslo

Our SG will have a full section chaired by Staffan Himmelroos (Åbo Akademi) and Simon Beste (Stuttgart),  with 10 interesting panels at the General Conference in Oslo. As usual, we will also have a Business Meeting in conjunction with the conference. Since there were no slots thanks to a large number of panels, we will organise the Business Meeting on Friday lunch time, in room GS 3512, where many of our panels will be held. We are not able to provide lunch at…

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New blog post: The empathy gap: understanding why some people don’t vote

New blog post: The empathy gap: understanding why some people don’t vote

The empathy gap: understanding why some people don’t vote Not everyone votes. Using data from the 2015 Finnish National Election Study, Kimmo Grönlund and Hanna Wass look at what factors make a person less likely to go to the polls or get involved in politics. They warn against assuming non-voting is a matter of personal choice and suggest ways to overcome the ‘solidarity deficit’ that emerges when some sections of society have no say in politics. http://www.democraticaudit.com/2016/10/06/the-empathy-gap-understanding-why-some-people-dont-vote/