Political Science News - Call for Papers

The Responsible Party Model in Times of Dealignment

University of Leuven
Leuven, Belgium
19 December, 2016 - 20 December, 2016
Application Deadline: 27 June, 2016

According to one of the central models in political science, the Responsible Party Model, political parties are supposed to compete with each other and offer clear policy positions that allow effective electoral choices and holding parties accountable. However, existing studies, electoral results and the media show that parties have been facing substantial societal, electoral, and organisational challenges in the last decades. Party identification and party membership has declined across Western democracies. At the same time, voter volatility and new party entry has increased. These developments affect political parties' electoral and representational performance and they thus challenge the normative standard of the Responsible Party Model.

Keynote speakers include Robert Rohrschneider (Kansas), Zeynep Somer-Topcu (Texas/Austin) and Jonathan White (LSE).

The workshop brings together researchers interested in political parties, political participation and democratic representation. Normative and empirical studies are welcome, as well as those addressing methodological challenges and issues of causation connected to the workshop theme.

Please find the call for papers with more information attached to this email.

The workshop is jointly funded by the ERC project "Linkage Mechanisms Between Citizens and the State" and the Centres for Political Research and Citizenship and Democracy at KU Leuven.

Interested researchers are invited to send their paper proposals to annkristin.kolln@kuleuven.be before 27th June.

Fourth Annual Toronto Political Behaviour Workshop

University of Toronto
Toronto, Canada
11 November, 2016 - 12 November, 2016
Application Deadline: 30 June, 2016

We are pleased to announce the call for papers for the fourth annual Toronto Political Behaviour Workshop, to be held November 11 and 12, 2016 at the School of Public Policy and Governance, University of Toronto.

The workshop will feature about 8-10 papers. We will spend an hour on each paper, giving plenty of time for constructive and stimulating discussion. We will also host a poster session designed to provide maximum feedback.

One of the aims with the TPBW from the beginning has been to create a conference of the highest quality where participants get as much out of the event as presenters. At the same time we have also strived to keep costs for participants at a minimum. As such, there is no registration fee for the workshop. However, this means that at this time we are not able to provide travel support for presenters. A dinner will be held on Friday night for participants. Refreshments and lunch will be provided on both days.

The workshop is generously sponsored by the School for Public Policy and Governance, University Toronto; the Department of Politics, the Office of the Vice President Reseach and the Dean of Arts, Ryerson University; and the Canadian Opinion Research Archive. Please forward any questions to Daniel Rubenson or Peter Loewen.

The deadline for paper proposals is June 30, 2016. Notifications will be sent in mid July.