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February 9-14, 2014
“States in Transition, Constitutional Engineering and Political Science Research”

Due to circumstances beyond the control of the American Political Science Association (APSA) and The American University in Cairo (AUC), the workshop is postponed to February 9-14, 2014. 

This one-week workshop will be held at the American University in Cairo, Egypt.  APSA will cover all costs of participation (including travel, lodging, meals, and materials).  The workshop will be led by John Huber (Columbia University, USA), Nolan McCarty (Princeton University, USA), Nadine Sika (The American University in Cairo, Egypt), and Bahgat Korany (The American University in Cairo, Egypt) and focus on the theme of “States in Transition, Constitutional Engineering and Political Science Research.”

2013 Workshop: “States in Transition, Constitutional Engineering and Political Science Research”

The workshop will focus on two substantive questions about democracy.  The first concerns democratization:  What is a democracy, and what are the factors that can cause countries to transition between authoritarian and democratic forms of government.  The second concerns constitutional engineering:  What are the trade-offs with different institutional forms when creating or changing a democratic system.   For example, what is separation of powers and how does it matter if one chooses a presidential vs. parliamentary form of government?  What are different ways of conducting elections and how does this choice influence the way that the democracy will operate and the types of policies it will produce?  What are the special challenges associated with democracy in divided societies?

The workshop will also have a methodological component.  To engage the contemporary political science literature on democratization and constitutional engineering, one must know some basic concepts in quantitative data analysis.  One needs to know how to use data, for example, to test arguments about the effects of proportional electoral laws on ethnic conflict or on redistribution.  So while engaging about democracy, participants will also be learning about how to use data in social science research in a way that is intellectually connected with the substantive questions of the workshop.  Finally, while engaging democracy and data analysis in social science research, participants will be introduced to experts on democratization efforts taking place in several countries of the Middle East, providing them with an opportunity to learn about the facts on the ground in these countries, and to build networks of scholars who share their research interests. 
For questions:  menaworkshops@apsanet.org or call Ahmed Morsy at +1-202-349-9374. 

Democracy Seminars / Harvard Kennedy School 
Dollarocracy: How the Money and Media Election Complex Is Destroying America   

Robert McChesney, University of Illinois and John Nichols, The Nation
Tuesday, 4:10-5:30 p.m.
124 Mount Auburn Street, Suite 200-North
Robert McChesney is a professor at the University of Illinois who focuses on the history

and political economy of communication. He is also the author of Digital Disconnect: 

How Capitalism is Turning the Internet Against Democracy and the coauthor, with John 

Foster, of The Endless Crisis: How Monopoly-Finance Capital Produces Stagnation and 

Upheaval from the USA to China. John Nichols is the Washington correspondent for 

The Nation and a frequent radio and tv commentator on politcs and media issues.

 His books include The Genius of Impeachment and the best-selling biography of 

Vice President Dick Cheney, Dick: The Man Who is President. More»

November 22-23, 2013 

Democracy in Times of Turmoil: A Multidimensional Approach 
8th Annual Conference of Albanian Institute of Sociology
Durres, Albania

Abstracts: September 10, 2013 


September 19, 2013

"Reconsidering Democratic Transitions" Series

The International Forum for Democratic Studies will conclude its conference series on "Reconsidering Democratic Transitions: The Arab Spring and the Color Revolutions" with a public event on September 19, 2013 at the National Endowment for Democracy.

The event will feature prominent democracy experts and scholars divided in two panels to discuss "The Arab Spring and the Color Revolutions" and "Revisiting the Transition Paradigm."

The "Reconsidering Democratic Transitions: The Arab Spring and the Color Revolutions" series seeks to sharpen assumptions about key transition developments and analyze critical factors for achieving democratic progress by comparing transitions in six case studies: Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Ukraine, Egypt, Tunisia, and Libya. 

See the conference agenda and RSVP.

Can't make it to the event? Watch the discussion LIVE via YouTube on September 19. 

 18-21 August, 2013

 Montréal, Canada

 2013 UCSIA summer school on “Religion, Culture and Society”

 25 August-1 September, 2013

 Antwerp, Belgium

 1st International Conference of the Mexican Political Science
Association (AMECIP)

 26-28 August, 2013

 Guanajuato, Mexico

 Colloque Durkheim et le politique

 27-29 August, 2013

 Montréal, Canada

 10th Conference on the Application of Social Network Analysis

 27-30 August, 2013

 Zurich, Switzerland

 APSA 2013 Annual Meeting & Exhibition: Power and Persuasion

 29 August-1 September, 2013

 Chicago, United States

 IPSA's RC21 Conference 2013: Resourceful Cities

 29-31 August, 2013

 Berlin, Germany

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Call for Papers*

 6th IAPSS Academic Conference - "Challenges to Global Political

 28 September-1 October, 2013

 Budva, Montenegro

 Deadline: 30 June, 2013

 Workshop on Populism: revisiting the concept and its uses

 17-20 July, 2013

 Paraná, Argentina

 Deadline: 10 July, 2013

 Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in Retrospect: Africa’s
Development Beyond 2015

 30 January-1 February, 2014

 Edmonton, Canada

 Deadline: 31 July, 2013

 Pacific Northwest Political Science Association Annual Meeting

 17-19 October, 2013

 Vancouver, Canada

 Deadline: 20 August, 2013

 Congrès de la Société québécoise de science politique 2014 - "La
science politique au cœur de la société"

 21-23 May, 2014

 Sherbrooke, Canada

 Deadline: 13 September, 2013
 *Call for Papers (Journal)*

 Journal of African Union Studies

 Deadline: 30 June, 2013

 Military and Strategic Affairs

 Deadline: 30 June, 2013

 Election Guide Digest

 Deadline: 30 June, 2013

 Contention: The Multidisciplinary Journal of Social Protest

 Deadline: 15 July, 2013

 Studies of Changing Societies (SCS Journal)

 Deadline: 21 July, 2013

 The Irish Polish Society Review

 Deadline: 31 August, 2013

 Revue Telescope

 Deadline: 3 September, 2013

 International Political Science Review - Request for Special Issue
Proposals in 2015

 Deadline: 30 September, 2013

 Journal of Comparative Politics

 Deadline: 5 November, 2013

 Nouvelles pratiques sociales

 Deadline: 15 November, 2013

 Studies of Changing Societies (SCS Journal)

 Deadline: 21 November, 2013

 Revue Gouvernance

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