Comparative Politics and Political Institutions

Chair: Joaquim M. Molins López-Rodó (*

*Please do not submit proposals directly to the chair.  All proposals must be submitted online.  Please contact the chair only if you have a question regarding participation on one of the panels. 

Since power is a resource in the hands of actors and institutions, the dynamics of state’s reconfiguration are followed by major changes in the way we are  governed. We have witnessed a tremendous shift from a centralised, hierarchical and merely parliamentary form of government to a more flexible, inclusive pattern of governance. The salience of non-institutional actors and new territories has been strikingly recognised, whilst governing has become a highly complex task threatened by large doses of citizens’ detachment, institutional instability and political delegitimation.

Many of those changes have generated opportunities to surpass old problems, but they have also stimulated the emergence of new conflicts and unexpected processes. The main concern of this section is the mismatch between power and territory and, therefore, those topics to better understand the political adaptation of actors and institutions to new territorial demands within the state and beyond. 

The comparative study of political dynamics is therefore of remarkable interest for today’s political science. This section welcomes panel proposals questioning the aforementioned challenges and including for example: a) comparative perspectives on political regimes and state transformation; b) new challenges for governance theory and practices; c) recent advances in political institutions reforms; d) new parties’ formation and political representation; e) interest groups’ strategies and the determinants of influence; and f) the decentralisation of interest mobilisation.


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