The Standing Group on Political Parties is one of the ECPR’s oldest Standing Groups. It seeks to facilitate communication among scholars studying this centrally important democratic institution and to inform the wider community of its members’ scholarly work.

Aims and objectives

To maintain a register of its members
To bring people with related interests together on a regular but informal basis
To facilitate communication among members
To provide links to web-based sources likely to be of interest to members
To provide a forum to co-ordinate proposals for Joint Sessions Workshops and General Conference Sections
To serve as a catalyst for developing joint research proposals
To support an annual multinational PhD Summer School on Political Parties
To inform the wider community of members’ scholarly work


The Standing Group’s main activities are the coordination of workshops at the ECPR Joint Sessions and sections/panels at the ECPR General Conferences, as well as the support of an annual international PhD Summer School.