Established 2001

The Standing Group on Political Theory brings together scholars with substantive research interests in political theory.  It aims to support research in all branches of political theory, including work on conceptual, historical, methodological and normative topics. It also aims to promote interactions across sub-disciplinary and methodological boundaries within political theory, and to facilitate interdisciplinary engagement between political theorists and scholars working in cognate disciplines.

Details of our activities, including calls for papers, can be found in the ‘News‘ section.

Aims and objectives

The aims of the Standing Group are:

  • To facilitate electronic and other forms of communication among political theorists in Europe
  • To encourage and maintain a dialogue between national, linguistic and intellectual ‘cultures’ in political theory
  • To identify and support new avenues for research in political theory
  • To promote political theory within the political science community
  • To make itself visible in the academic community and organise regular academic events within the ECPR framework
  • To encourage collaboration among political theorists in Europe on common academic projects
  • To collaborate with other Standing Groups, especially those with related aims

Joining the Standing Group

If you would like to join the Standing Group on Political Theory, you will need to create a myECPR account at This only takes a few minutes, and you need not be from an ECPR member institution to do so. Then, click on the following link, and select ‘Join Standing Group’.

If you are from an ECPR member institution your membership to the SG is automatic.

If you are from a non-member institution we will need to accept your application to join. In order to facilitate the process, please make sure you send your membership request by using your institutional address; if you don’t have one, please send us a short email explaining why you want to join the group. Your membership will be ‘pending’ until we accept your application.