ECPR Summer School on Pol. Parties

ECPR Summer School on Pol. Parties

Dear colleague,


This year’s ECPR Summer School on Theories, Methods and Practice Perspectives in Party Politics will be hosted by the Department of Social Sciences, the Institute of Political Science and the NRW School of Governance at the University of Duisburg-Essen from Monday 21 August – Saturday 26 August 2023. The theme for this year’s Summer School is “Investigating Parties and Party Systems in young and established democracies”.


Organized by Kristina Weissenbach, Anne Goldmann and Anna Augusto Ezequiel dos Santos, the event will provide young scholars working on various aspects of political parties with theoretical, analytical and practice knowledge with sessions from some of the most renowned experts in the field: Susan Scarrow, Karina Kosiara-Pedersen, Simon Franzmann, Lars Svåsand, Sebnem Yardimci-Geyikci.


The program will consist of a series of lectures as well as in-depth discussions of participants’ research projects, a practitioners’ roundtable “Political Parties and AI” in cooperation with the NRW School of Governance and the Center of Advanced Internet Studies as well as social activities. The Department of Social Sciences at University Duisburg-Essen will provide a platform for you to connect with party researchers from different world regions, including Sub-Saharan Africa, East-Asia and Europe. Since methods and data have become more diverse in the field of party politics, the program will include sessions on research design, methods, data collection and analysis in party politics research. We will offer an intense schedule on major approaches to research on party politics at the macro, meso and micro level in young and established democracies covering different world regions:


  • National and transnational party systems and parties
  • Parties and civil society
  • Party types and party families
  • “Populist” parties and “digital” parties
  • Party finance, regulation, party bans, party funding and party assistance
  • Party organization, party institutionalization, party change, party reform
  • Party competition, party manifestos and coalition-building
  • Party candidates, party membership, intra-party democracy


Applications are now OPEN and will close on Tuesday 30 May.


For more information or if you have any questions about the event, please contact

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