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Theodore J. Lowi in Memoriam (1931-2017)

It is with sadness that we have learned that our dear colleague Theodore J. Lowi has passed away on February 17. Within several weeks of the passing of Jean LaPonce, over whose loss we were still grieving, we have lost another pillar of IPSA, a scholar whose contribution to the development and prosperity of IPSA will always be remembered with a deep sense of appreciation.

Those who did not get to know Ted personally had most probably met him through his books. His handbook on American government has been a companion for generation of students for over forty years. His classic text on The End of Liberalism is considered a landmark interpretation of contemporary political economy and contributed to Ted Lowi’s reputation as the most influential political scientist in an APSA poll in 1978. Lowi’s scientific personality was a unique mix of extraordinary empirical knowledge and bold theoretical vision. With his Arenas of Power fourfold scheme he laid new and lasting grounds for the study of public policy, «bringing the state back in» political discourse with a sharp departure from traditional behavioral analysis. His encompassing culture culminated, in the late years of his career, in two encyclopedic works, American Political Thought, with Isaac Kramnick, and Hyperpolitics: An Interactive Dictionary of Political Science Concepts, with Mauro Calise.

Those who had the privilege of knowing him will remember him, in addition to his outstanding scholarship, for his energy, humor, and occasionally his temper that disappeared as quickly as it appeared. His spirited personality created a unique continuum between his mesmerizing lecturing oratory and his fascinating writing style, also a result of Ted’s unique technique in creating all of his texts by dictating them verbatim on a tape-recorder, and only adding minor revisions on the typed draft.

He served as the president of IPSA (1997-2000) and spent his best energies for the development of an international community of political science scholars. We will miss him. May he rest in peace.

İlter Turan
IPSA President

IPSA 2017 International Conference: Political Science in the Digital Age: Mapping Opportunities, Perils and Uncertainties

The International Political Science Association (IPSA) is organizing an international conference that will be held in Hannover, Germany from December 4 to 6, 2017. Chaired by Marianne Kneuer and Helen Milner, the conference takes place at Hannover’s spectacular Palace of Herrenhausen, surrounded by gardens dating back to the Baroque period.

Entitled “Political Science in the Digital Age: Mapping Opportunities, Perils and Uncertainties,” the conference will provide an opportunity for reflection on the discipline and one of its most relevant challenges: digitizalization. It also aims to bring together officials and members of IPSA’s national political science associations and research committees for purposes of further developing networks and cooperation among these groups. The conference will also serve as a platform for addressing challenges and developing ideas for future research within IPSA.

Complete details are available at https://hannover2017.ipsa.org/


IPSA at the 58th Annual Convention of the International Studies Association (ISA)

IPSA will be present at the International Studies Association’s 58th Annual Convention, which will be held in Baltimore (USA) from February 22 to 25, 2017. IPSA will present a panel titled “Authoritarian regimes and their foreign policy,” with Marianne Kneuer and Sebastian Harnischa serving as panel chairs.

The secretariat will also dispatch Membership Services and External Relations Manager, Mathieu St-Laurent, to the event. Mr. St-Laurent will man a booth (#214) and met the participants as well as ISA representatives and exhibitors. His objective is to promote IPSA membership and events (including the upcoming Brisbane World Congress) with participants, establish contact with exhibitors, and strengthen relations with ISA by exploring opportunities for collaboration.