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CfP: POLITICAL DISCONTENT AND INTER-GENERATIONAL DIFFERENCES IN SOUTHERN EUROPE

CfP: POLITICAL DISCONTENT AND INTER-GENERATIONAL DIFFERENCES IN SOUTHERN EUROPE

CALL FOR PAPERS

Panel for the Section on ‘Southern Europe: A Post-Crisis Zone?’
ECPR General Conference, University of Wroclaw, 4-7 September 2019

POLITICAL DISCONTENT AND INTER-GENERATIONAL DIFFERENCES IN SOUTHERN EUROPE

The panel aims to bring together researchers analysing political discontent in Southern Europe as well as the different facets of populism —right and left wing populism— with a special interest in the political behaviour of young cohorts compared to older generations.

For full details, please click here.

SG-SEP Section at the ECPR General Conference: Call for Panels and Papers

SG-SEP Section at the ECPR General Conference: Call for Panels and Papers

The Call for Panels and Papers for the SEP Section ‘Southern Europe: A Post Crisis Zone?’ at the ECPR General Conference in Wrocław is now open. The deadline for submissions is 18 February 2019.

For more information, please contact:
Susannah Verney, deplan@otenet.gr or Kerstin Hamann Kerstin.Hamann@ucf.edu

Please click here for full details

INVITATION TO THE BUSINESS AND SOCIAL MEETING OF THE STANDING GROUP

INVITATION TO THE BUSINESS AND SOCIAL MEETING OF THE STANDING GROUP

All members of the Standing Group on Southern European Politics are invited to attend the Business and Social Meeting, taking place on Friday 24 August 2018 at 7.45 p.m. Please click here to read the invitation.

The venue for the meeting will be: Arkadasch Restaurant, 17 Grindelhof Street, Hamburg (walking distance from the University campus)

Please click here for full details, and to read the agenda

SAVE THE DATE – ANNUAL MEETING OF THE SG ON SOUTHERN EUROPEAN POLITICS

SAVE THE DATE – ANNUAL MEETING OF THE SG ON SOUTHERN EUROPEAN POLITICS

Our annual meeting will take place during the ECPR General Conference.

Date and time: Friday 24 August at 19:45

Place: Arkadasch Restaurant, 17 Grindelhof Street, Hamburg (walking distance from the University campus)

We will be talking about what we have done in the past year and what we might do in the coming months. Please come with your ideas. All welcome!

Call for Panels and Papers for the SEP Section ‘Mapping Change and Moving On’ at the ECPR General Conference in Hamburg

Call for Panels and Papers for the SEP Section ‘Mapping Change and Moving On’ at the ECPR General Conference in Hamburg

The Call for Papers for the SEP Section ‘Mapping Change and Moving On’ at the ECPR General Conference in Hamburg is now open. The deadline for submissions is 15 February 2018.

For more information, please contact:
Susannah Verney, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, deplan@otenet.gr (Convenor)
Myrto Tsakatika, University of Glasgow, Myrto.Tsakatika@glasgow.ac.uk (Co-convenor)

Please click here for full details

Standing Group Section proposal for the ECPR General Conference, Hamburg, August 2018

Standing Group Section proposal for the ECPR General Conference, Hamburg, August 2018

Dear members, Here is the proposal we submitted for the next ECPR GC. We should know if this proposal has been accepted in early December. Fingers crossed!

 

SOUTHERN EUROPE: MAPPING CHANGE AND MOVING ON

Southern Europe has experienced a decade of dizzying developments, some triggered by the region’s position in the frontline of major European crises (eurozone turmoil, refugee/migrant influx) and some essentially domestically driven. Events have sometimes been dramatic, including regime change (Turkey’s move to presidentialism), possible state breakup (the Catalan demand for independence from Spain) and party system collapse (in austerity-struck Greece). Looking back over an often tumultuous period, the question arises how much in the region has changed and how much has stayed the same. Meanwhile, national experiences have been far from uniform. For example, while much of the southern eurozone has undergone austerity, Malta essentially escaped the economic crisis and Turkey has enjoyed significant economic growth. This Section offers an opportunity for a ‘stocktaking’ of where the region finds itself today and where it might be headed in the future.

The Section will focus on delineating the discontinuities in Southern Europe, their extent and content over the past decade. It invites proposals for papers and panels addressing this issue across a broad range of fields. A non-inclusive list of possible areas for investigation might include:

Societal change

How has the Great Recession (or the Turkish experience of economic growth) impacted on South European societies? Are we seeing a new picture of redistribution and inequality? If there is increased social mobility, what are the political consequences? What are the effects of demographic change, immigration and changing patterns of employment and unemployment? How significant is generational change, including the emergence of a youth politicised by crisis?

Attitudinal change

To what extent have the experiences of this period altered elite attitudes on key issues including institutional change and European integration? How significant are the shifts in public opinion? Is Southern Europe becoming a region of dissatisfied citizens? How extensive are the growth of (among other potential themes) political discontent, euroscepticism and opposition to immigration?

Participation and mobilisation change

Which are the new patterns of electoral participation and preferences? Have social media encouraged or discouraged political participation? Which other new modes of political mobilisation and communication have emerged? Has South European civil society grown stronger or weaker? What have protest movements achieved in terms of citizen engagement, organisational innovation and influence on policy outcomes?

Institutional change

What have been the experiences with constitutional reform (e.g. in Italy and Turkey)? Which changes have occurred with regard to institutional autonomy (e.g. central bank independence) or inter-institutional balances (e.g. weakening of parliament in an era of EU/IMF bailouts or facing a strengthened Turkish executive)? What have been the consequences of crisis for (re)centralising versus centrifugal dynamics and how have they been playing out?

Political party and party system change

How have South European political parties responded to the challenges of the past decade? What kind of ideological/programmatic, organisational and personnel changes have occurred? What are the main features of party system change during this period? What kind of new parties have appeared including nationalist and extremist parties? What has been the role of the radical left? How significant is populism in today’s Southern Europe? And what are the implications for governmental stability?

Policy change

To what extent has the recent period seen the emergence of new policy priorities and policy agendas; amendments to policymaking processes including participation by new actors; and new policy outputs? How has this period impacted on particular policy areas including social policy and welfare provision? How far has externally-mandated structural reform been effective? Has radical left participation in some South European governments produced policy change?

Democratic change

Overall, has this period resulted in more democratic defeats or democratic advances? What have been the experiences with direct democracy including referendums? Have there been specific improvements in democratic quality? What has been the role of external actors in domestic politics and what have been the systemic consequences? Which South European countries have experienced democratic backsliding and why? Has crisis reduced corruption or stimulated its growth?

Framing change

Besides mapping specific processes of change, the Section also seeks to understand how they have been perceived and presented. What kinds of discourses, narratives and frames have been employed to discuss, promote or oppose change in Southern Europe?

In all cases, besides recording and analysing change, participants are invited to discuss where this leaves Southern Europe today and the implications and prospects for the region ‘moving on’ beyond its recent past. In pursuing its goal of investigating change across South European states and societies, the Section aims to highlight similarities and differences in national experiences, through comparative research and single country case studies. In addition to addressing the varied national impacts, the Section also hopes to encourage consideration of the region as a whole, including perceptions of its changing image and identity and of converging or diverging national destinies.

The Section offers a forum for innovative empirical research and encourages a range of disciplinary perspectives and methodological approaches. Regarding geographical scope, the Section covers Italy, Greece, Spain, Portugal, Turkey, Cyprus and Malta. Intra-South European comparative studies are particularly welcome.

The Section is proposed on behalf of the ECPR Standing Group in Southern European Politics and welcomes proposals for panels and papers from members and non-members of the Group.

What should we be talking about on August 22nd next year?

What should we be talking about on August 22nd next year?

Next year’s ECPR General Conference will take place on 22-25 August 2018 in Hamburg – Germany’s 2nd city and biggest seaport, a UNESCO world heritage site, home base of Der Spiegel and Der Ziet and scene of this year’s G20 riots. We’re expecting this to be a big event and hope our Group will be able to participate with a strong Section.

As ever, we’re looking for a broad ‘umbrella’ theme under which everyone’s research can find a place – along the lines of our recent General Conference sections listed below:

  • The Consequences of Crisis for Southern Europe (Bordeaux 2013)
  • Reshaping State and Society in Southern Europe (Glasgow 2014)
  • Challenges to Democracy in Southern Europe (Montreal 2015)
  • Reconfiguring Southern Europe (Prague 2016)
  • Drawing the Boundaries of Southern Europe: Issues and Challenges (Oslo 2017)

We welcome your ideas about what you would like our Hamburg Section to be about. We need to know what currently interests you? What directions is your research taking? What subjects do you think our Group should be talking about? What kind of papers would you like to hear in Hamburg?

We would also like to hear from you if you are interested in putting forward a panel proposal. That way, we can make sure that your panel topic will fit with our Section theme.

If you have ideas about a particular paper topic that you are thinking of proposing for Hamburg, please tell us about that too. It is YOUR INPUT that will help us to understand what our Group wants and to put forward a Section proposal that will work for ALL OUR MEMBERS.

So please do send your ideas, no matter how rough, to Susannah Verney at deplan@otenet.gr

I’m looking forward to hearing from you!

Standing Group Section for ECPR General Conference 2017: Call for Ideas

Standing Group Section for ECPR General Conference 2017: Call for Ideas

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No sooner has one GC finished than we have to start thinking about the next General Conference (University of Oslo, 6-9 September 2017).

As discussed at our meeting in Prague, we are currently looking for your ideas for our Section for Oslo. The Section will have a broad ‘umbrella’ title under which, hopefully, everyone will be able to fit their research but we need to know what type of themes you would like covered under this. Some good ideas were already put forward at our SG meeting in Prague but there is plenty of scope to develop more! So please let us know your ideas, even if they are still a bit vague, so we can work them into the abstract.

If anyone has a particular panel theme in mind for Oslo, please let us know that as well (we don’t need a developed panel proposal at this stage, just a theme or working title).

Your input at this stage will help to ensure that the next Section will reflect the research interests of our membership.

All ideas to deplan@otenet.gr

Looking forward to hearing from you.

SG on SEP Proposal wins one of the ECPR Research Sessions

SG on SEP Proposal wins one of the ECPR Research Sessions

The proposal supported by the Standing Group on Southern European Politics has won one of the prestigious ECPR Research Sessions to be held at Nijmegen from 28 June to 1 July 2016. The proposal is entitled Re-viewing the work of Richard S. Katz: Party-democracy and depoliticisation in Southern Europe from the perspective of “labour” and the bid was led by our SG member, Antonina Gentile. To read the full proposal, please click here.