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Month: February 2016

Call for Papers, Panel on Eurozone Crisis & Democracy: Cases of Southern EU Member States – UACES 17th Annual Student Forum

Call for Papers, Panel on Eurozone Crisis & Democracy: Cases of Southern EU Member States – UACES 17th Annual Student Forum

Papers are invited for a Proposed Panel titled: Eurozone Crisis & Democracy: Cases of Southern EU Member States, at the 17th Annual Student Forum of UACES in Brussels (9-10 May 2016 – http://uaces.org/events/sfevents/research2016/). The aim of the Panel is to focus on issues regarding democratic process during the Eurozone crisis within Southern EU Member States, with an emhpasis on the EU-IMF Bailouts in those Members and the impact of these programs on democratic principles. Papers are accepted focusing either on specific case studies (Greece, Portugal, Spain, Cyprus) or more generally across the Members concerned, and in relation to either impact of specific measures (e.g. MoUs specific sections) or of the overall programs (e.g. MoUs within the national ordre public).

If you wish to propose a paper, please send an email with your name, University affiliation (and Department), year of study, a paper title and a brief abstract (200 words max.) to a.kyriakidis@sheffield.ac.uk by 26th of February 2016.

First edition of the Master in Social Sciences offered by the Carlos III-Juan March Institute of Social Ciencies (Carlos III University)

First edition of the Master in Social Sciences offered by the Carlos III-Juan March Institute of Social Ciencies (Carlos III University)

The Carlos III-Juan March Institute (IC3JM) at the Carlos III University of Madrid offers a twoyear Master in Social Sciences, taught entirely in English, with paths of specialization in Political Science, Sociology and Economic History. Its first edition starts in September 2106.

It is an academic Master, with 120 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System), whose main goal is to teach how to do high-level research in the core topics of the Social Sciences. The Master provides an advanced, interdisciplinary, training in the Social Sciences, with a strong emphasis on comparative and historical approaches, as well as on methodological issues and quantitative techniques. Students acquire the skills required for research design, hypothesis formulation, and data analysis.

Courses are taught by members of the IC3JM and professors at the Carlos III University. The Faculty holds PhDs from the best Universities in the world and have a very strong publication record. Moreover, each edition of the Master will include visiting professors from other universities. For the first edition of the Master, scholars such as Lucinda Platt (London School of Economics), Dídac Queralt (Institute of Political Economy and Governance) and José Fernández-Albertos (CSIC) will teach courses.

The Juan March Servera Fellowship offers two scholarships of two years of duration for excellent students who want to do the Master.
All the information on the Master can be found here: http://ic3jm.es/masters/social-sciences/index.aspx

The IC3JM has a strong international reputation for being a top research institution in Europe.

Standing Group on Southern European Politics: Call for self-nominations for the new Steering Committee

Standing Group on Southern European Politics: Call for self-nominations for the new Steering Committee

The call for self-nominations for the new Steering Committee opened on 13 February and will close on 12 March 2016.

According to the ECPR’s Constitution:

  • ‘The Standing Group is governed by a Steering Committee consisting of three members elected by and from the Standing Group members for a period of three years, renewable.
  • At least two members of the 3-person Steering Committee must be affiliated to an ECPR member institution. This means that those not affiliated to an ECPR member institution may also stand for election.
  • Candidates must be members of the Group.
  • Candidates nominate themselves.
  • For the full text of the Constitution and the details of the electoral process, please go to http://ecpr.eu/standinggroups/standinggroupframework.aspx and scroll down to the Default Constitution (which has been adopted by our Group).

We are now opening the official call for nominations which will remain open for one month. At the end of this one-month period, if only three candidates have nominated themselves, two of whom come from ECPR member institutions, they will all be declared elected. Otherwise the Group will hold an election which will be conducted electronically and run by ECPR Central Services. All Group members will be able to take part.

If you would like to nominate yourself for election to the new Steering Committee, please send an e-mail to the current SG Convenor, Susannah Verney, at deplan@otenet.gr 

‘CfP: Rewriting the policy agenda in Southern Europe: party pledges, issue prioritisation and policymaking’, ECPR General Conference, Prague, September 2016′

‘CfP: Rewriting the policy agenda in Southern Europe: party pledges, issue prioritisation and policymaking’, ECPR General Conference, Prague, September 2016′

Rewriting the policy agenda in Southern Europe: party pledges, issue prioritisation and policy-making

The economic downturn and the Southern Eurozone experience of ‘Memorandum governance’ have reordered policy priorities and imposed new constraints on national policy making. Of particular importance are questions about how the policy agenda is being shaped in Southern Europe, where and how decisions are made and by whom, and how parties/governments have reconciled responding to their voters’ expectations with fulfilling their pledges. It is a matter of fact that Southern Europe has experienced growing unpopularity of the governing parties, fragmentation of the party system, radicalisation of politics, the emergence of new radical parties and increased protest voting.  All these factors challenge the very essence of parliamentary democracy, in which elections should provide a guide for public policies.

In this context, the panel analyses a main catalyst of popular discontent: the policy supply of political parties. How has the making of the policy agenda changed in Southern Europe in the context of the crisis? What is the level of congruence between the policy commitments of parties before the elections and their subsequent acts within parliament and government? Has a constrained agenda deteriorated the congruence between pledges and fulfilment and the overall standards of democratic representation? 

We welcome contributions that aim at empirically assessing how the making of the policy agenda has changed in Southern Europe in the past turbulent years. We expect that a constrained agenda has introduced a large disconnection between the policy platforms used to contest the elections and the following acts adopted by parliament and government. The overall responsiveness of parties and national institutions, as well as their respect of the electoral mandate, may have deteriorated consequently. However, this phenomenon may impact in different ways the various countries of Southern Europe.

We expect to receive paper proposals that focus, either comparatively or through case-studies, on the different stages of the policy agenda, from the making of party manifestos and electoral pledges to the implementation of policies.

In order to be considered for inclusion in the panel proposal, paper proposals should be sent before the deadline of February 15th to the following addresses:
nicolo.conti@unitelma.it
fed.russo@gmail.com