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Free Online Course - Global Studies: Risks and Threats in International Relations

Online Course
Grenoble, France
24 April, 2017 - 24 May, 2017

Explore global issues and discover how cultural divides and security threats impact foreign affairs and global policies.

Understand how risks and threats affect our world.

  • Why do some events have a more lasting impact on our global affairs than others? What threats directly affect foreign affairs and global policy - and how do we evaluate them?
  • Get answers with this course, which goes beyond the explanations you will find in the press and on social media.
  • Dive deep into global studies to look at anticipated threats and cultural divides and how they reshape the global landscape.
  • Get insights about demography, geography, and anthropology, and make educated guesses about our future.

What will you achieve?

  • Improve your knowledge in international studies (including history and theories of international relations and international economics.)
  • Evaluate the probability and emergency attached to each risk and threat, and make educated guesses about our future.
  • Reflect upon demographic, geographic, and anthropological data.

Who is the course for?

  • Business and International Relations students
  • Area specialists (Asia, the Middle East, Europe, Latin America)
  • Professionals who work globally
  • Learners concerned by the evolution of global politics and who need organized information about the evolution of world affairs

A Bachelor level in the fields of global studies or international affairs is an asset but not mandatory at all. French translations are available throughout the course.

Who will you learn with?

Yves Schemeil

Prof. Political Science, University of Grenoble Alpes & Institut Universitaire de France (Global & Comparative Politics); visiting scholar, Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne & Grenoble Ecole de Management

ECPR Joint Sessions of Workshops 2017

University of Nottingham
Nottingham, United Kingdom
25 April, 2017 - 30 April, 2017

The ECPR’s Joint Sessions of Workshops have a unique format that makes them a leading forum for substantive discussion and collaboration between scholars of political science. They are now recognised as one of the major highlights of the world's political science calendar. In 2017, the Joint Sessions will take place at the University of Nottingham in the UK.

Workshops are closed gatherings of 15-20 participants, which last for about five days, bringing together scholars from across the world and all career stages. Topics of discussion are precisely defined, and only scholars currently working in the Workshop's field, and with a Paper or research document for discussion, are invited to participate.  Participants may attend only one Workshop, and must stay for the duration of the event.  This format ensures intensive collaboration which often results not only in thorough critiques of the new research being presented, but in new research groups being formed to take that work forward.

The Joint Sessions of Workshops have been held in a different European city, at an ECPR Full-Member university, each spring since 1973.

For further information please contact Marcia Taylor jointsessions@ecpr.eu / +44 (0) 1206 630045.



ECPR Joint Sessions of Workshops: The Legacy of Authoritarian Regimes – Political Culture, Institutions, and Democratisation

Workshop Director:  Anja Neundorf (University of Nottingham)

Workshop Co-Director: Grigore Pop-Eleches (Princeton University)


This workshop relates to two academic debates that are usually not in dialogue: (1) Authoritarian regimes and democratisation and (2) political behaviour and public opinion. We invite research that investigates the legacies of authoritarian regimes on political institutions and on civil society. The key question explored in this workshop is how authoritarian regimes affect the subsequent democratisation process. It is still contested in the literature whether periods of authoritarian rule have a lasting impact on a country’s political structure and culture and what the nature of this impact is. Moreover, there is still a gap in the literature that compares the legacies of different types of authoritarian regimes. For example, do one-party rule and military regimes differ in their long-term impact on society and political institutions?

Though the study of authoritarian regimes is growing, we still know little about the legacy of dictatorships on their citizens and how this legacy might influence the development of a democratic political culture, which is central for democratic consolidation. We therefore encourage paper submissions especially for studies that focus on legacy impacts of previous authoritarian regimes on citizens' political attitudes and behaviour today. We believe that previous research has not paid enough attention to the long-term impact of citizens' formative experiences in non-democratic systems on individual political attitudes, values, and behaviour, as well as on the prospects of a democratic political culture in transitioning societies.

The aim of this workshop is to provide a forum for researchers that study these questions from diverse angles and methodologies:

1.    Substantive angles

  • Legacy effects on political institutions and civil society
  • Legacy effects on the democratisation process
  • Comparing different types of authoritarian regimes

2.    Methodological issues

  • Large-N, comparative analysis versus small-N, cross-national studies versus case studies
  • Focusing on one type of regime versus comparing different types of regimes


ECPR Joint Sessions of Workshops: The Politics of Global Value Chains - The Globalization of Production and the Challenge of Governance


The globalization of trade, production, and distribution systems stands out as one of the most important developments in the contemporary international economy. The Global Value Chains (GVCs) framework has emerged in recent
years as a promising conceptual tool around which systematic thinking on these phenomena can be developed. Despite important contributions by economists, our understanding of the political economy of GVCs remains far
from comprehensive. In particular, the “political” side of the story has received surprisingly little attention in the extant literature. Our workshop aims to fill this gap by seeking contributions from different theoretical, conceptual, and methodological angles that address one of the following broad areas in the study of the politics of GVCs: (1) collective
action, interest representation and patterns of state-society interactions; (2) implications for global governance; (3) domestic regulatory politics and varieties of capitalism, and (4) international relations and power politics.

Paper proposals should be submitted by 1 December 2016 only via the ECPR  website (you will be able to submit a proposal after obtaining the credentials to access a MyECPR account here:


The Workshop Directors will be able to access all submitted proposals and you will be notified of their decision by mid-January. Papers sent directly to the Workshop Directors will not be considered.