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Candidates - IPSA Executive Committee Elections

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Wednesday July 23rd , 5pm.

Please find below the final list of candidates for the election of the 23rd IPSA Executive Committee.

The new Executive Committee will be announced immediately after the election.

Dr. Leonardo AvritzerBrazil
Prof. Roman BaeckerPoland
Dr. Daniel BuquetUruguay
Prof. Linda CardinalCanada
Prof. Terrell CarverUK
Prof. Jørgen ElklitDenmark
Prof. Itzhak GalnoorIsrael
Prof. Carlo GuarnieriItaly
Dr. Rieko KageJapan
Prof. Marianne KneuerGermany
Prof. Dirk KotzéSouth Africa
Prof. Hatem M'RadTunisia
Prof. Alexander NikitinRussia
Prof. Chan Wook ParkKorea
Dr. Romain PasquierFrance
Prof. Dianne PinderhughesUSA
Prof. Gopal G ReddyIndia
Prof. Fusun TurkmenTurkey
Prof. Fernando VallespinSpain

To learn more about each candidate, please click on the link below.

WC2014 Day-Three Recap

Council Meeting – Election of the President

OnTuesday morning, Prof. Aiji Tanaka was unanimously elected as new President of IPSA, succeeding to Prof. Helen V. Milner. Prof. Aiji Tanaka is Senior Executive Director for Academic Affairs at Waseda University (Tokyo).  Prof. Tanaka's expertises are mainly voting behavior and public opinion, and Japanese politics. IPSA is proud to count Prof. Tanaka as its newly elected president and wish him the best in his new functions.

Award Session – Global South Award

Dr. Sunil Kumar, this year’s recipient of the Global South Award, gave a lecture on electoral democracy and political demography during the last Indian elections, surrounded by representatives from the Indian Political Science Association. With his impressive curriculum, having been granted a fellowship from Oxford University and Tel-Aviv University, Prof. Kumar gave an enlightening presentation on the new political situation in India, with citizens rising their voices and asking for accountability, transparency and governance. 

President’s Plenary

Past President Helen V. Milner chaired a plenary entitled “Globalization and Domestic Political Change”. The four participants, Amaney Jamal, Edward Mansfield, Nita Rudra and Lourdes Sola, addressed the question of how globalization is leading to changes in domestic politics around the world (Middle East and Northern Africa/United States/India/South America). It explores different aspects of domestic politics and how they are affected by rising trade and foreign investment. Prof. Milner explained that developing countries are now reaching 50% of the global economy, but that gaps are still important in terms of poverty and employment. Participants also tackled the reasons why some countries are not taking advantage of globalization, may it be because of the lack of foreign investments, conflicts and the absence of a manufacturing sector (Middle East), or the fear that globalization and outsourcing will create job losses (United States). Three questions were brought up: will democracies persist in a globalized world? What type of leadership should we expected, and who should be exercising it? And will global governance reforms itself or disappear?

In brief

  • The rise of new technologies by civil society brought some questions about the use of private data, the control of access to information and “political technology” in the panelEmerging Technologies and Civil Society
  • Experts questioned the use of shale gas and mentioned that the shale gas lobby is now deeply influencing the political actors, and that local governments hold the last word on their “resource management” because it touches directly their constituency
  • Canadian, European and Quebec's research funding programs were presented over the session 'Funding Opportunities for Political Scientists', which attracted attention from academics, as well as doctorate candidates.

IPSA presents the Gender Monitoring Report 2013

Since women have long been under-represented in the membership and senior levels of political science associations, IPSA has decided in 2009 to establish a gender monitoring system to track the status of women in political science. The gender monitoring survey of national associations is conducted under the aegis of the IPSA Committee on Participation and Membership, with the assistance of the IPSA Secretariat. This initiative has been discussed at length, and the questionnaire was first sent to national PSAs in 2011. While information on participation in political science among women is already available in a number of countries, the IPSA survey is the first to provide substantial comparative data from all continents.

A key aim of this gender monitoring process is to raise awareness of ongoing under-representation among women and call attention to issues of gender equality among member associations. The establishment of a gender monitoring system for IPSA member organizations will allow us to gather comparative data on the status of women and men in IPSA member organizations and to identify examples of best practices that promote equal opportunity for both sexes and under-represented groups in academic political science. This database will help member organizations identify areas requiring further action and advance recommendations concerning potential courses of action.

IPSA’s ultimate objective, with this initiative, is to strengthen the role of women in scientific research and organizations. It is important to emphasize that the survey results will be used not only to specify the role of female political scientists but also to assess the status of the broader political science community. To achieve this, IPSA needs the support of its constituents, starting with the national and regional political science associations and the research committees. This survey is designed to be part of an ongoing project meant to evaluate the progress of female scholars in national and regional associations. Starting now, our goal is to present these survey results every four years in conjunction with the IPSA World Congress of Political Science.

This 2013 survey was conducted by IPSA from December 2013 to May 2014. A total of 38 of the 52 national political science associations (PSAs) responded. Most provided answers to all of the survey questions concerning the breakdown of membership along gender lines and leadership positions taken in relation to initiatives promoting equal opportunity. The results of this second survey was presented at the 2014 IPSA World Congress in Montreal.

The data provides a compelling picture of national variations in the participation of women in political science and of the steps taken by national associations to address gender issues. In some countries, extensive research has been conducted to determine why the progress of women has stalled, and the following problems were identified: “the leaky pipeline,” “the normative political scientist” and the “chilly climate” (Cowden et al. 2012). In other countries, it seems, there is lack of awareness concerning the under-representation of women in the field. We hope that comparative data on participation and examples of best practices for addressing these gender-related issues will spark further reflection within national associations on how to foster a fully inclusive profession.