Analytical politics combines systematic theoretical thinking and rigorous empirical testing. One major source of inspiration is the literature on collective choice problems, which examines the relationship between individual and collective interests. Another line of interest is generated by studies that link developments in a formal theory with sound empirical research strategy. We welcome like-minded scholars who would like to use this forum for discussion and exchange of ideas. A number of activities facilitate an exchange, including a newsletter, regular meetings as part of ECPR and other international conferences and a summer school.