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**IPSA has reached 50 000 likes on Facebook!/L'AISP atteint 50 000 abonnés sur Facebook!**

The International Political Science Association is proud to announce that its Facebook page has reached 50 000 likes! Social media being a key player in the promotion and the diffusion of the association and its main activities, it is essential to recognize the dedication and the constant interest of our subscribers.

We would like to thank all our subscribers and the organization for IPSA's reach and presence on Facebook, who will surely reflect on the success our future activities.



L'Assocation internationale de science politique a atteint la barre des 50 000 abonnés sur Facebook! Alors que les médias sociaux deviennent des outils incontournables de promotion et de diffusion, il est essentiel de reconnaître l'intérêt et le dévouement constants de nos abonnés.

Nous aimerions remercier nos abonnés, de même que l'organisation, qui ont su assurer la portée de l'AISP sur Facebook,  présence qui se répercutera certainement dans le succès de nos activitées futures.


IPSA Summer School - Ankara 2014

The 2nd IPSA-METU Summer School for Social Science Research Methods was held at the Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey, from August 18 to 29, 2013. The school is the only one of its kind to be offered in Turkey, the Middle East and North Africa, and Eurasia.

The Summer School is jointly organized by IPSA and the METU Graduate School of Social Sciences. A total of 34 students chose between six courses on a wide variety of social science research methods:

• Case Study Research Methods (Prof. Dr. Markus Haverland, Erasmus University Rotterdam and Prof. Dr.  Joachim Blatter, University of Luzern)

• Comparative Research Designs and Comparative Methods (Prof. Dr. Dirk Berg-Schlosser, Philipps University Marburg, Germany)

• Introduction to Text and Content Analysis Techniques (Prof. Dr. Matthias R. Hastall, TU Dortmund University, Germany)

• Multiple Regression and Generalized Linear Modelling (GLM) (Dr. Federico Vegetti, Central European University Budapest)

• Quantitative Methods for Public Policy Analysis (Prof. Dr. Bruno Cautrès, Sciences Po, Paris)

• Interviews and Focus Groups (Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ayça Ergun, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey)

In addition to attending regular class meetings in the morning and lab sessions or practice hours in the afternoon, participants were invited to attend lunch-hour sessions and afternoon talks on preparing research proposals and publishing as well as special topics prepared by the instructors.

The IPSA-METU Summer School gave students a unique opportunity to expand their knowledge of social science research methods under leading experts in the field as well as build academic networks across the region. The school attracted a mixed crowd from different regions, a testament to the need for training in research methodologies across the globe. The school has pioneered this vision in the region, and the hope is that this approach will continue to bear fruit for years to come.

Ankara 2014

International Conference on Public Policy 2015

Over the past thirty years, public policy research has grown as an academic field of study in many countries. Involving a range of disciplines in the social sciences and humanities, including political science, public administration, geography, sociology, economics and law among others, this research has helped develop our understanding of the many phenomena related to public policy-making.

Sponsored by six Research Committees of the International Political Science Association (IPSA) and by the public policy section of the American Political Science Association (APSA), and that of the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR), the first International Conference on Public Policy (ICPP) which took place in 2013 at Grenoble, France was a great success with more than 1000 participants.

In order to continue to bring together all researchers who work on public policy and their different approaches and topics, we invite you to attend the second International Conference on Public Policy which will take place at the Catholic University of Sacro Cuore, in Milan, Italy during 1st-3rd July, 2015.

During this conference, opportunities will be provided for both junior and senior researchers from a variety of disciplines to present and discuss new research, theoretical, conceptual and methodological insights and empirical findings through a symposium of selected panels and workshops. The Conference will also involve invited speakers and plenary discussions.

The conference call for participation is structured in two steps :

- The first step is a "call for panels" which begins on 1st September, 2014, with a final deadline of 15th October, 2014.

- The second step is a "call for papers" which will begin on 1st November, 2014 with a final deadline of 15th January, 2015.

With this call for panels, we would like to invite you to propose a panel for this conference. A panel may consist of 1 to 3 sessions and each session (with a duration of 2 hours each) can have 4 to 5 papers. Panel proposals can be on any specific topic : theoretical, methodological, or empirical approaches are all welcome.

To propose a panel, please send your proposal as a Word document by email to the organizers :


**Please check this space for any updates on instructions for submitting panel proposals**

The proposal should contain :

  • The title of the panel
  • The subject category of the panel (possible topics are given in the list below)
  • Name, institute and email addresses of the Chair and any Co-chair(s).
  • A text of no more than 500 words which presents the focus or topic of the panel and explains its scientific relevance,
  • A "call for papers" of no more than 300 words that can be placed on the Website directly if/when the Panel proposal is accepted.
  • Name, institute and email addresses of any possible discussant(s).

The Scientific Committee will announce the names of accepted proposals on November 15th, 2014 and publish a "call of papers" for these panels on the Conference website. Each panel can comprise up to three separate sessions with each session having a maximum of five papers each. Final papers selection will be made by the panel chairs before 15th February, 2015.

List of possible subject categories :
1. Policy process theories
2. Comparative public policy
3. Policy and politics
4. Public, problem and agenda setting
5. Policy formulation and decision making
6. Policy implementation
7. Policy design
8. Policy advice, expertise and evaluation
9. Methodologies
10. Public policy, administration and policymakers
11. Discourse and critical policy research
12. Governance, policy networks and coalitions
13. Gender and public policy
14. Local and multi-level governance
15. Politics, policy and business
16. Specific empirical policy topics (for example, health policy, social policy, environmental policy, etc.)
17. Others