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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/

 

2017 São Paulo IPSA Summer School: Another Resounding Success!

The 8th session of the IPSA-USP Summer School was held at the University of São Paulo from January 23 to February 10, 2017. Jointly organized by the University of São Paulo’s Department of Political Science and Institute of International Relations and the International Political Science Association (IPSA), the Summer School is recognized as a leading program providing basic and advanced training in a range of methodologies and techniques. In 2017, a record 282 students (from 51 institutions in 18 countries, with women accounting for 40% of the student body) enrolled in 19 one-week courses given by the Summer School.

The following one-week modules were offered:

  • Basics of Causal Case Study Methods – Derek Beach, University of Aarhus
  • Building Parametric Statistical Models – Glauco Peres da Silva, University of São Paulo
  • Designing Feasible Research Projects in Political Science – Allyson L. Benton – CIDE
  • Essentials of Applied Data Analysis – Leonardo Barone, University of São Paulo
  • Methods and Problems in Political Philosophy – Herlinde Pauer-Studer, University of Vienna
  • Modeling Dynamics – Lorena Barberia, University of São Paulo and Andrew Phillips, Texas A&M
  • Advances in Modeling Dynamics  – Lorena Barberia, University of São Paulo and Guy Whitten and Andrew Phillips, Texas A&M
  • Basics of Multi-Method Research: Integrating Case Studies and Regression – Jason Seawright, Northwestern University
  • Basics of Quantitative Methods for Public Policy Analysis – Bruno Cautrès, Science Po
  • Basics of Set-Theoretic Methods and Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) – Carsten Schneider, Central European University
  • Basics of Spatial Interdependence in Theory and Practice – Laron Williams, University of Missouri
  • The Philosophy of Science: Positivism and Beyond – Patrick T. Jackson, American University
  • Using Case-Based Methods in Practice – Derek Beach, University of Aarhus
  • Advanced Issues in Multi-Method Research: Integrating Case Studies and Contemporary Methods for Causal Inference – Jason Seawright, Northwestern University
  • Advanced Issues in Set-Theoretic Methods and Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) – Carsten Schneider, Central European University
  • Advanced Issues in Quantitative Methods for Public Policy Analysis – Bruno Cautrès, Science Po
  • Essentials of Multiple Regression Analysis – Glauco Peres da Silva, University of São Paulo
  • Modeling Dynamics in Space and Time – Guy Whitten, Texas A & M University and Lorena Barberia, University of São Paulo
  • Predicting Elections – Clifford Young, IPSOS-Washington

Students also participated in three information sessions on studying in Europe and the U.S., replication in qualitative research, and recent controversies regarding p-values. A late-afternoon seminar on “Why do voters disagree about the strength of the national economy?  A hybrid model of spatial evaluations” was delivered by Laron Williams. Clifford Young, Jason Seawright, and Guy Whitten participated in a panel discussion on “Explaining the U.S. Election.”  Top prize in the 2017 poster competition was presented to Marina Merlo for her poster “Women, Political Parties and Elections: A Long Way to Run?”

Institutional Partners

The 2017 IPSA-USP Summer School was made possible with the generous financial support of the Department of Political Science, the Institute of International Relations, the School of Philosophy, Letters and the Humanities (FFLCH), and the Provost’s Office for Research at the University of São Paulo. We are also grateful for the valuable support provided by FAPESP, CAPES, and CNPq. Together, these public sector research funding institutions have been long-time supporters of the Summer School and invaluable to its success. The Summer School is also supported by the Center for Metropolitan Studies (CEM) and the Center for Comparative and International Studies (NECI) at the University of São Paulo.   Scholarships for participants of the School from developing countries were provided by IPSA and Ipsos. Stata provided software licensing for the computer laboratories.

Local Organization Committee

Lorena Barberia, Department of Political Science, University of São Paulo (Chair)
Daniela Schettini, Institute for International Relations, University of São Paulo
Glauco Peres da Silva, Department of Political Science, University of São Paulo
Adriana Schor, Institute for International Relations, University of São Paulo