The 2018 General Conference will be held at Universität Hamburg in northern Germany. ECPR’s General Conference remains Europe's largest annual gathering of political scientists, often attracting more than 2,000 scholars from throughout the world and at all stages of their career.
Jeffery Karp and Hanna Wass will be co-chairing the Democracies at Risk stream that includes the following six Panels:
1. Contested elections and political legitimacy (chair: TBA)
2. Disseminating fake news and the politics of fear (chair: TBA)
3. Rising cynicism and the participation gap (chairs: Isak Vento and Jenni Rinne, University of Helsinki)
4. Electoral competition, campaign finance and regulation (chair: TBA)
5. Causes and consequences of electoral malpractices (chair: Constanza Sanhueza Petrarca, University of Gothenburg)
6. Innovations to facilitate the voter experience (chairs: Theresa Reidy, University College Cork and Johanna Peltoniemi, University of Tampere)
In 2017, election management bodies (EMBs) around the world were confronted with a number of new challenges: presidential elections in Kenya were declared invalid amidst allegations of problems with the electoral commission’s databases and computers; elections in Papua New Guinea were delayed in some areas due to striking poll workers and concerns about the accuracy of the electoral register; and a commission on voter fraud in the United States was thwarted by state electoral officials refusing to release data.
In response to these challenges, researchers from around the globe have renewed their focus on electoral management issues in both domestic and comparative perspective. This workshop aims to bring together scholars and practitioners to discuss major challenges in electoral management, and foster new collaborations.
This workshop will be unique in facilitating the input of practitioners in these scholarly debates by inviting two discussants per panel: one from the scholarly community, and one from the practitioner community, in order to engage in better discussion with those working on the front-lines of electoral management.
- Date: August 29, 2018
- Location: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- Co-Chairs: Holly Ann Garnett & Toby S. James
- Organizer: Electoral Management Network, Electoral Integrity Project
- Paper proposals deadline: March 23, 2018
- Acceptance notification: April 15, 2018
- Registration deadline: August 1, 2018
- Paper submission deadline: August 15, 2018
Join us August 30 – September 2, 2018, in Boston for the 114th APSA Annual Meeting & Exhibition to address the latest scholarship in political science while exploring the 2018 theme, “Democracy and Its Discontents.” APSA and the 2018 Program Chairs Henry Farrell, The George Washington University, and Anna Grzymala-Busse, Stanford University, look forward to your participation in panels and sessions prepared by APSA’s 56 divisions and numerous related groups at the 2018 APSA Annual Meeting. APSA brings together individuals representing a range of geographic distribution, field of professional interest, methodological orientation, types of institutions where members are employed, race, ethnicity, gender and gender identity, sexuality, disability, and other important forms of diversity.
Harvard Club of Australia: Flawed Elections? Understanding Electoral Integrity from Authoritarian Regimes to Advanced Democracies
Dr Sarah Cameron, the Electoral Integrity Project Manager and Postdoctoral Research Fellow, presents an overview of the state of electoral integrity around the world across different types of political regime for the Harvard Club of Australia Monday Club Lunch. This draws upon the work of the Electoral Integrity Project assessing the quality of elections since 2012, covering 285 elections in 164 countries to date. The talk will delve into challenges from recent and upcoming elections, including Malaysia, the United States midterm elections, as well as Australia.
Join two of the United States leading political psychologists, Stanley Feldman and Leonie Huddy in a roundtable discussion hosted by US Studies Centre CEO Professor Simon Jackman, to talk about the role of populism, authoritarianism and gender in American politics, and the politics of democracies in Europe and Australia.
This event is jointly presented with The United States Studies Centre
Increasing partisan polarization has been one of the defining characteristics of American politics over the past two decades. We know that Democrats and Republicans have become more consistently sorted on ideology and issue preferences but the underlying dynamics of this sorting process are less well understood. Looking at national survey data from 1992 to 2016, Professor Stanley Feldman argues that people high in authoritarianism -- the desire for strong in-group cohesion and common social norms -- have responded to social change by becoming more consistently Republican.
The Folke Bernadotte Academy (FBA) will host a research workshop that brings together scholars of diverse disciplinary backgrounds, such as for example political scientists, peace and conflict researchers, cultural anthropologists, and political sociologists.
Presentations will look at the causes, dynamics and consequences of electoral violence and contributions that empirically examine the wide range of measures usually suggested to prevent and reduce electoral violence, such as electoral security arrangements, institutional frameworks and electoral systems, or civil society initiatives and public awareness campaigns, and papers that more directly address the role and effectiveness of election observations missions.
Dr Thomas Wynter, the Electoral Integrity Project's Postdoctoral Research Associate and PEI Program Manager, will present on the Clientelism and Coercion in Emerging Democracies by drawing upon the Perception of Electoral Integrity dataset.
Authoritarian populists have disrupted politics in many societies, as seen U.S. and the UK. This event brings two leading scholars, Pippa Norris and John Keane to discuss their new books and the power of populist authoritarianism.