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18Feb 2018

8th Berlin Summer School in Social Sciences

Linking Theory and Empirical Research

Berlin, July 16 - 26, 2018

We are delighted to announce the 8th Berlin Summer School in Social Sciences. The summer school aims at supporting young researchers by strengthening their ability in linking theory and empirical research. The two-week program creates an excellent basis for the development of their current research designs.

In the first week, we address the key methodological challenges of concept-building, causation/explanation, and micro-macro linkage that occur in almost all research efforts. We strive for a clarification of the epistemological foundations underlying methodological paradigms. In the second week, these methodological considerations are applied to central empirical fields of research in political science, sociology, and other related disciplines. In this second part of the program, participants are assigned to four thematic groups according to their own research topics. The thematic areas covered are: "External Governance, Interregionalism, and Domestic Change", "Citizenship, Migration, and Identities", "Social Struggle and Globalization", and "Democracy at the Crossroads".

The program is characterized by a varied format comprising lectures, workshops, seminars, and one-to-one consultations. During the summer school, participants will also have the opportunity to present and discuss their own work extensively. Participants will be provided with hands-on advice for their research designs.

The school brings together a faculty of renowned international and Berlin-based scholars. Among the confirmed international lecturers are Donatella della Porta (Scuola Normale Superiore), Steve Fleetwood (University of the West of England, Bristol), Macartan Humphreys (Columbia University/ WZB Berlin), Nikita Dhawan (University of Innsbruck), Staffan Lindberg (University of Gothenburg), and Hendrik Wagenaar (University of Sheffield).

The Berlin Summer School was co-funded by the Berlin Graduate School of Social Sciences (BGSS) at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and the WZB Berlin Social Science Center. Details on the location and tuition fees can be found on our webpage www.berlinsummerschool.de.

The international summer school is open to up to 60 PhD candidates, advanced master students, and young postdocs. The call for applications is currently open. Applications can be submitted online via the application form on the summer school webpage until March 31, 2018.

The decisions of the selection committee will be announced to the applicants in April. If you have any further questions, please contact the organizing team at summerschool.bgss@hu-berlin.de
Marcus Spittler
WZB Berlin Social Science Center
Research Unit "Democracy and Democratization"
Reichpietschufer 50
10785 Berlin

E - Mail: marcus.spittler@wzb.eu

05Jul 2017

IPSA RC14, 28 & 13 common colloquium at the University of Cyprus (24-27.06.2017). Changes within the RC13 team


Between the 24th and 26th of June 2017, the IPSA colloquium of RC14, RC 28 and RC13: "Democratization and Constitutional Design in Divided Societies" was held at the University of Cyprus. We congratulate the organisers, especially Timofey Agarin (Queen's University Belfast, UK), Allison McCulloch (Brandon University, Canada) and Maria Hadjipavlou (University of Cyprus) for their outstanding work in making the event such a success!


The event brought together more than 130 researchers from different countries and their communications resulted in very relevant and interesting discussions. The full conference programme can be accessed at the following address:


At the colloquium, the three Research Committees also held their meetings, to mark the halfway point between two IPSA Congresses. At the meeting of RC13, the chairman presented a brief summary of the RC13 activities.


At the initiative of the chairman, in order to better meet the requirements for the preparation of the Brisbane Congress to be held in July 2018, RC13 members present at the meeting decided to widen the RC managing team. Bartłomiej Zdaniuk (chairman) and Melba Nyabereka (secretary) will now be assisted by two vice-chairmen: Dirk Kotzé (University of South Africa) and Adam Szymański (University of Warsaw). This widened team will conduct its activities until the Brisbane Congress.


Du 24 au 26 juin 2017, à l’Université de Chypre s’est tenu un colloque intitulé : « Democratization and Constitutional Design in Divided Societies », coparrainé par les RC 14, 28, et 13 de l’ISPA/AISP. Parmi les organisateurs principaux, que nous félicitons pour leur travail remarquable, figurent notamment Timofey Agarin (Queen’s University Belfast), Allison McCulloch (Brandon University, au Canada) et Maria Hadjipavlou (Université de Chypre).

L’évènement a rassemblé plus de 130 chercheurs de pays différents. Les communications ont donné lieu à des discussions très pertinentes. Vous pouvez accéder au programme complet  du colloque à l’adresse suivante :



À l’occasion du colloque, les différents réseaux de chercheurs ont aussi tenu leurs réunions, permettant de faire le point à mi-chemin entre deux congrès de l’IPSA/AISP. Lors de la réunion du RC13, le président a présenté un bref résumé des activités du RC13.

À l’initiative du président, afin de mieux répondre aux exigences liées à la préparation du congrès de Brisbane, qui doit se tenir en juillet 2018, les membres du RC13 présents à la réunion ont décidé d’élargir l’équipe dirigeante du RC. Bartłomiej Zdaniuk (président) et Melba Nyabereka (secrétaire) seront désormais épaulés par deux vice-présidents : Dirk Kotzé (Université d’Afrique du Sud) et Adam Szymański (Université de Varsovie). Cette équipe élargie va mener ses activités jusqu’au congrès de Brisbane.

10Jun 2017

RC13 members attending SCOPE 2017

SCOPE_2017_-_27_May.jpgDear Colleagues,

We are pleased to inform you that several members of the RC13 attended the annual SCOPE 2017 symposium, co-organized by our RC.

The symposium was held from 26 to 28 May 2017 in Bucharest (Romania). This year's work focused on the following theme: Democracy in Development Comparative Perspectives on the Governance of the Public Good.

Please find the complete list of participants and the abstracts of the papers at the following address:


Chers Collègues,

Nous avons le plaisir de vous informer que plusieurs membres du RC13 ont participé au colloque annuel SCOPE 2017, coorganisé par notre RC.

Le colloque s’est tenu du 26 au 28 mai 2017 à Bucarest (Roumanie). Les travaux de cette année étaient consacrés au thème suivant: Democracy in Development Comparative Perspectives on the Governance of the Public Good.

Veuillez trouver la liste complète des participants et les résumés des communications à l’adresse suivante:


02Jun 2017

IPSA 2018 Congress - Call for Proposals Now Open!


Dear Colleagues / Chers Collègues,

The Call for Proposals for the next IPSA World Congress of Political Science, to be held in Brisbane (Australia), 21-26 July 2018, is now open! We invite you all to submit your proposals within our RC13!

Congress website: http://wc2018.ipsa.org

L’appel à propositions pour le prochain Congrès Mondial de Science Politique de l’AISP, qui se tiendra à Brisbane, en Australie, du 21 au 26 juillet 2018, est maintenant ouvert! Nous vous invitons tous à soumettre vos propositions dans le cadre de notre RC13!

Site web du congrès: http://wc2018.ipsa.org

03Nov 2016

CfP: Democratization and Constitutional Design in Divided Societies, Nicosia Campus, U o Cyprus, 24-27/06/2017




Democratization and Constitutional Design in Divided Societies

Nicosia Campus, University of Cyprus, 24-27 June 2017

This conference will bring together three IPSA research committees to examine the challenges of designing democratic institutions in divided societies.

The conference will provide an opportunity to examine the role of different factors (e.g., ethnicity, gender, class, political institutions, efficacy of multi-level governance, the intersection between peace and democratic stability) in fostering democratization in the context of regional and global integration. We welcome contributions that focus on democratization as an open-ended process driven by either internal or external factors, embedded in local, regional, or global dynamics as well as social, economic and legal legacies of the past.

The conference will be convened in Nicosia, Cyprus at the time when the country is undergoing a complex and historic process of designing political institutions to bridge the gap between the island’s divided communities. In particular, we welcome proposals that reflect upon the constitutional design process in Cyprus as well as proposals that develop case studies or comparison of issues of democratization evident in any part of the world or those which engage a theoretical perspective on institutional and constitutional designs in ethnically, religiously, nationally and linguistically divided societies.

Possible topics include but are not limited to:

  • How might the changing role of ethnicity and cultural cleavages influence constitutional design in democracies?
  • What are the factors (e.g., gender, class, etc.) shaping contemporary democratization and institution-building in divided places?
  • Are there regional variations in and of democratic models?
  • What are the benchmarks for democratic standards in divided societies?

We invite proposals for individual paper contributions and/or panels engaging these issues. Proposals that consider how federal, power-sharing or other multi-level devices could be applied to deeply divided territories are particularly welcome. We aim to feature the best of contemporary research on democratic transitions and constitutional design, including new research by established academics as well as by early career scholars.

The keynote speaker is John McGarry, Professor of Political Studies, Canada Research Chair in Nationalism and Democracy at Queen’s University Canada.

Proposals for papers should include contact details of the author(s) and an abstract of up to 200 words.

Panel proposals must include:

  • a minimum of three papers and a maximum of four
  • contact details of paper-givers, and (if you have them) the discussant and chair
  • Panel title and individual paper titles
  • Short description of panel (max 200 words)

The final deadline for electronic submission of proposals for papers or panels will be 31 January 2017.  Notices of acceptance will be sent out by 10 February 2017.  Proposals should be submitted online at: https://form.jotformeu.com/62653954338364

All participants will be required to register for the conference. IPSA has implemented a new category of membership for citizens from low and lower-middle income countries; the list of eligible countries can be found here: https://www.ipsa.org/membership/individual/global_south_category

Early Bird Registration Fees (before 1 May 2017):


Faculty Rate:

Non-member 120 €

Member 100 €

Member from Global South 80 €


Student Rate:

Non-member 80 €

Member 60 €

Member from Global South 40 €


After 1 May 2017, the student rate will be raised by 20 € and by 40 € for the remaining categories.

The organizers will endeavor to provide a selected pool of graduate students/young academics with a bursary to cover at least a part of their travel expenses to the location of colloquium. The decision on the pool of recipients will be made in May 2017. 

Organizing committee: Timofey Agarin, Queen’s University Belfast, UK; Allison McCulloch, Brandon University, Canada; Bartłomiej Zdaniuk, University of Warsaw, Poland; Melba Nyabereka, Monash University, South Africa; Paolo Dardanelli, University of Kent, UK; Thomas D. Lancaster, Emory University, USA

Inquiries can be directed to the organizers at: ipsa.colloquium2017@gmail.com

18Sep 2016

The new managing team of the RC13 / La nouvelle équipe dirigeante du RC13

IPSA Research Committee 13: Democratization in Comparative Perspective

AISP Réseau de chercheurs 13 : Démocratisation dans une perspective comparée

Dear colleagues,

(un message en français suivra)

     As you may have read in the message of Professor Mario Sznajder – during the last IPSA Congress in July 2016 in Poznań, a meeting for our Research Committee 13 (RC 13): "Democratization in comparative perspective" was held. One of the outcomes of this meeting was the election of a new managing team. Through this message we would like to introduce the new managing team and share with you various proposals for the next two years.


Chairperson : Mr. Bartłomiej Zdaniuk

Bartłomiej is a lecturer at the Institute of Political Science, University of Warsaw (Poland). His research initially focused on the contemporary history of French politics. In recent years he has worked mainly on the notion of state consolidation taking for example the case of the Republic of Moldova. He is also interested in partisan cleavages and the functioning of democracy in Romania. Bartłomiej speaks French, English, Russian and Romanian (and Polish - his mother tongue).

Secretary: Miss Melba Nyabereka

Melba recently completed her MPhil with Monash University, Johannesburg Campus in South Africa, where she is also a teaching assistant. Melba works on research in international development and is interested in governance, political economy and sustainable development. Melba speaks English and Shona.


     This team, as well as all the members of the RC express their gratitude to the former team and in particular to Professor Sznajder, who contributed to the good functioning of our group through his hard work and perseverance for many years.

     In order to give new impetus to the activities of the RC13, the managing team – as had been promised during the meeting in Poznań – offers you the opportunity to update the research activities of our group. To do so, we invite you to complete a brief anonymous survey which we will send you soon. Your answers will help us to better target our activities, according to the profile of the members and will encourage participation and collaboration amongst the members of RC13.

     Bartłomiej and Melba, warmly invite you to forward information about scientific events (conferences, workshops) or any other research project that you are preparing, and for which you are looking for colleagues who would like to participate. We will be happy to circulate this information among all members of our RC.

     Please do not hesitate to contact us to request the institutional affiliation of the IPSA RC 13 for scientific events that you prepare. This affiliation will be particularly given to seminars and workshops on cross-cutting issues, with participation of paper givers from different countries and backgrounds.

    We look forward to working with you!

    The RC13 team


Chers collègues,

     Comme vous avez pu le lire dans le message du Professeur Mario Sznajder, lors du dernier Congrès de l’IPSA/AISP en juillet 2016 à Poznań s’est tenue une réunion de notre Réseau de chercheurs 13 (RC13) : « Démocratisation dans une perspective comparée ». C’est pendant cette réunion qu’une nouvelle équipe dirigeante a été élue. Par l’intermédiaire de ce message nous aimerions vous présenter la nouvelle équipe dirigeante et vous faire part des différentes propositions pour les deux années à venir.


Président : M. Bartłomiej ZDANIUK

Bartłomiej (Barthélemy) est maître de conférences à l’Institut de sciences politiques de l’Université de Varsovie (Pologne). Ses recherches ont d’abord porté sur l’histoire contemporaine de la vie politique française. Ces dernières années il a surtout travaillé sur la notion de la consolidation de l’État en prenant pour exemple le cas de la République de Moldavie. Il s’intéresse aussi aux clivages partisans et au fonctionnement de la démocratie en Roumanie. Bartłomiej parle le français, l’anglais, le russe et le roumain (et le polonais – sa langue maternelle).

Secrétaire : Mlle Melba NYABEREKA

Melba vient d’obtenir son diplôme de master dans le cadre de l’Université Monash, Campus de Johannesburg en Afrique du Sud, où elle est aussi assistante d’enseignement. Melba travaille sur le développement international et s’intéresse à la gouvernance, à l’économie politique et au développement durable. Melba parle l’anglais et le shona.


     Cette équipe, ainsi que tous les membres du RC13 expriment leur gratitude envers l’ancienne direction et notamment le Professeur Sznajder qui pendant plusieurs années, par son travail et sa persévérance, a contribué au très bon fonctionnement de notre groupe.

     Afin de pouvoir donner un nouvel élan aux activités du RC13, l’équipe dirigeante – comme cela avait été promis lors de la réunion de Poznań – vous propose de faire le point sur les activités de recherche des membres de notre groupe. Pour le faire, nous vous invitons à compléter un très bref questionnaire anonyme que nous allons vous envoyer très prochainement. Vos réponses nous permettront de mieux cibler nos activités en fonction du profile des membres du RC 13.

     L’équipe du RC13 vous invite très chaleureusement à nous faire parvenir toute information concernant les manifestations scientifiques (colloques, journées d’études) voire tout autre projet de recherche que vous êtes en train de préparer et pour lequel vous cherchez d’autres collègues qui aimeraient y participer. Nous serons ravis de pouvoir faire circuler ces informations parmi tous les membres de notre RC.

     N’hésitez pas non plus à nous contacter pour solliciter l’affiliation institutionnelle du IPSA RC13 pour les manifestations scientifiques que vous préparez. Cette affiliation sera notamment accordée aux colloques et journées d’études portant sur des sujets transversaux, avec participation d’intervenants de pays et de milieux différents.

     Nous serons ravis de pouvoir collaborer avec vous !

     L’équipe du RC13

12Aug 2016

Change of authorities in RC13

Dear friends and colleagues,
As planned, we held the business meeting of RC 13 Democratization IPSA at the World Congress in Poznan. More than thirty members of this research committee came to the meeting. Besides reporting on the organization of panels for the World Congress (Istambul) Poznan we confronted the subject of changing the chairperson and secretary of RC 13 Democratization.
RC 13 has held it business meeting on Monday, July 25th 2016, here at the IPSA World Congress in Poznan.

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17Jul 2016

Business Meeting of Research Committee 13 on Democratization,

Dear colleagues and friends of RC 13 on Democratization and participants at IPSA World Congress 2016 in Poznan.
I am personally invite everyone of you to participate in the business meeting of Research Committee 13 on Democratization,
of IPSA that will take place on Monday 25th July 2016, from 13.30 to 15.15 hours at Room PCC-15/7 at the congress venue.
Please come and participate in this meeting. We need to elect new authorities and discuss all the issues about the committee.
25-07-2016 | 13:30 - 15:15
PCC-15 / 1.2

See you in Poznan.
Mario Sznajder RC13 - Chairperson - IPSA

Mario Sznajder, PhD
Professor Emeritus 
Department of Political Science
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Mount Scopus - 91905 Jerusalem
E-mail: mario.sznajder@mail.huji.ac.il

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08Jun 2016

IPSA World Congress 2016

To the IPSA RC 13 on Democratization members,
It is my pleasure to invite all of you and each of you personally to the business meeting of RC 13 that will take place during the IPSA World Congress 2016, at Poznan.

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03Jul 2015

Call for Panels Now Open!! 24th World Congress of Political Science

Dear colleague,

We would like to kindly remind you that the deadline of July 8th for the OPEN PANELS submission for the next World Congress of Political Science (Istanbul - July 23 to 28, 2016) is fast approaching! Under the theme "Politics in a World of Inequality", we invite you to share your research on issues of redistribution and recognition in all their complexity, and to which political science can bring important insights. It is an opportunity to once again demonstrate the relevance of political science to political  practice. If you would like to submit a panel proposal, please see the instructions provided below. 



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15Jun 2015

The Call for Submissions for the World Congress 2016 is now OPEN!

Dear RC13 members,
please see the announcement published in IPSA Newsletter May/June 2015:

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08Jun 2014

Network of Democracy Research Institutes - Worth Reading

June 2, 2014 Dear Colleagues, This issue of Worth Reading features the “Democracy Works” project, a joint initiative of three members of the Network of Democracy Research Institutes—the Centre for Development and Enterprise (South Africa), the Legatum Institute (United Kingdom), and the Centre for Policy Research (India)—and the Instituto de Estudos do Trabalho e Sociedade (Brazil). The Center for International Private Enterprise partially funded this project and its Executive Director, John Sullivan, served as a senior advisor. The project examines “the democratic alternative from the South” as a counterargument to developmental authoritarianism and examines several key dimensions of these countries’ development, including their democratic achievements and the advantages their democratic systems provide to combat corruption. It also explains the critical need for these democracies to pursue further policy reform.

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11May 2014

Network of Democracy Research Institutes Democracy Research News May 2014

Democracy Research News is the electronic newsletter of the Network of Democracy Research Institutes (NDRI), a membership association of institutions that conduct and publish research on democracy and democratic development. It is one of several functional networks associated with the World Movement for Democracy. To submit comments or to inquire about joining the Network, please write to Melissa Aten-Becnel.

To subscribe write ndri@ned.org.

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19Dec 2013

Network of Democracy Research Institutes/ Worth Reading

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24Nov 2013

November 2013- Democracy Research News

Network of Democracy Research Institutes
Democracy Research News
Democracy Research News is the electronic newsletter of the Network of
Democracy  Research Institutes (NDRI)
, a membership association of
institutions that conduct and  publish research on democracy and
 democratic development. It is one of several functional networks
associated with the World Movement for Democracy

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07Oct 2013

Legitimizing State Failure by Democracy

Western style democracy has arrived by different paths to Arab countries, but what is common throughout is that it has so far only legitimized state failure, stresses Marcus Marktanner.

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20Sep 2013

Did you know? IPSA Institutional Membership

The services package offered to institutional members - organizations includes many services that could be advantageous to you and your colleagues, like discounts to individual membership and registration to the upcoming World Congress of Political Science to be held in Montréal (Canada) in July 2014.

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13Sep 2013

Special issue of the Journal Democratization dealing with religiously-oriented political parties and democratization.

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11Sep 2013


Please, see an updated list of events in our Events section of the website.

21Aug 2013

July 2013 Democracy Research News

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