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Jean Laponce in Memoriam (1925-2016)

The whole IPSA family was saddened to learn that Jean Laponce has passed away. Jean Laponce was a true pillar of IPSA/AISP. Of his many contributions and achievements, the development of the International Political Science Review (IPSR), our increasingly influential publication, stands out in particular prominence.

Those who had the privilege of getting to know him personally will remember him for his warm personality, modesty, and constant energy in carrying the IPSA flag forward. Those who may not have met him will recognize his name as a scholar whose contribution to IPSA is recognized by the Meisel-Laponce Award, which was established in 2012 to recognize the contribution of him and John Meisel to the establishment of the IPSR. Additionally, Jean Laponce served successfully as President of IPSA from 1973 to 1976 and made his mark on the association. Jean Laponce’s another important contribution to IPSA was to establish the Research Committee 15 on Political and Cultural Geography and the Research Committee 50 on Language and Politics.

On behalf of the IPSA and the global political science community, we would like to express our deepest condolences to his family and colleagues. We will miss him. May he rest in peace.

İlter Turan

IPSA President

Born in Decize sur Loire, Jean Laponce studied at the Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris and at the University of California, Los Angeles. He taught at the University of British Columbia where he was an Emeritus Professor. He also taught at University of Ottawa and at the University Aiki Shukutoku in Nagoya. Member of the IPSA Executive Committee from 1966 to 1972, he was President from 1973 to 1976. He joined John Meisel to co-edit the journal IPSR in 1985. He is the author of The Protection of Minorities, 1961; The Government of France under the Fifth Republic, 1962, People vs Politics, 1970; Left and Right, 1981; Languages and Their Territories, 1984; Loi de Babel et autres régularités des rapports entre langue et politique, 2006; Le Référendum de Souveraineté, 2010. He established, with Jean Gottmann, the IPSA Research Committee 15 - Political and Cultural Geography. He also created the IPSA Research Committee 50 - Language and Politics.

International Political Science Review (IPSR) - Volume 37, Number 5, November 2016

In this issue:

Measuring the Quality of Democracy

Guest editors: Marianne Kneuer, Brigitte Geissel and Hans-Joachim Lauth


Measuring the quality of democracy: Introduction
Brigitte Geissel, Marianne Kneuer, and Hans-Joachim Lauth

Measuring high level democratic principles using the V-Dem data
Michael Coppedge, Staffan Lindberg, Svend-Erik Skaaning, and Jan Teorell

Freedom and equality in democracies: Is there a trade-off?
Heiko Giebler and Wolfgang Merkel
The internal relationships of the dimensions of democracy: The relevance of trade-offs for measuring the quality of democracy
Hans-Joachim Lauth
What is the impact of the economic crisis on democracy? Evidence from Europe
Leonardo Morlino and Mario Quaranta
Putting the demos back into the concept of democratic quality
Quinton Mayne and Brigitte Geissel

Measuring the quality of democracy: Why include the citizens’ perspective?
Susanne Pickel, Wiebke Breustedt, and Theresia Smolka

Should participatory opportunities be a component of democratic quality? The role of citizen views in resolving a conceptual controversy
Brigitte Geissel
E-democracy: A new challenge for measuring democracy
Marianne Kneuer

Going historical: Measuring democraticness before the age of mass democracy  
Carl Henrik Knutsen, Jørgen Møller, and Svend-Erik Skaaning
Introduction to Alfred C Stepan, ‘Chasing questions through five continents’

A life in comparative politics: Chasing questions in five continents
Alfred Stepan

AUCIP – ALACIP 9th Latin American Congress of Political Science

Next year AUCiP (the Uruguayan Association of Political Science) will be hosting the 9° Latin American Congress of Political Science. The congress will take place in Montevideo during the 26, 27 and 28 of July 2017. The call for papers and panels is now opened until the 15th January. ALACIP’s (the Latin American Association of Political Science) international congresses are celebrated every two years, and AUCiP has the honor of being the first national association in charge of its organization. We are committed to a congress of the best quality, and we hope we will count on the participation of colleagues from all over the region and beyond.
Democracies in recession?
The evolution of political science in Latin America cannot be separated from the path of democracy. The intense processes of democratization occurring during the last quarter of the XXth century gave a great impulse to the discipline: they encouraged political debates and illuminated sophisticated studies on crucial topics, such as the logic of democratic transitions and the causal connection between democratic instability and the type of government. These studies have become important contributions to the discipline.
The context is challenging us again. The time has come to pose ourselves difficult questions: is democracy in the region in decline? What are the main problems of our political institutions? What is circumstantial and what is structural in those problems? To what extent, and in which specific ways, is the economic deceleration affecting Latin American democracy and the political processes underway? Is it correct to affirm that the pendulum of politics is moving to the right? If it is so, what consequences does this ideological change have for citizenship and public policies? We hope that ALACIP’s 9° Congress will allow us to find constructive and collective answers to the current challenges in our region.