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IAPSS World Congress in London was a Great Success!

The International Association of Political Science Students (IAPSS) held its annual gathering in London from April 14th to 18th. The theme of this year's edition was "The Politics of Conflict & Cooperation".

More than 500 students of political science and related disciplines were expected to the conference. For the occasion, IPSA collaborated closely with IAPSS in its promotional efforts and delegated Teresa Sasinska-Klas, past IPSA Executive Committee member, for a lecture on The Challenges to Political Communication in the Conflict between Russia and Ukraine: 2013-2015. Between 80 and 100 students attended the session, before which attendees were handed promotional documents about the next World Congress of Political Science in Istanbul.

IPSA would like to congratulate the IAPSS organizing committee for its World Congress which, from the words its President, Philipp Aepler, was the "best Congress, athmosphere - and programme wise - so far".

Do not miss IAPSS autumn convention, to be held in Prague from September 21st to 25th.

The upcoming IAPSS World Congress 2016 will be held in Berlin, Germany, between April 5th and April 9th 2016. More information on the Call for Papers and the application procedure, as well as a preliminary program will be released throughout the course of the summer 2015.



Political Studies Association (UK) to Bring Broadcasters Together with Academics to Create TV and Radio Programs

(Official Statement from the PSA UK)

‘Total Exposure’, a new networking and skills-building initiative was launched at the PSA’s Annual Conference

The Political Studies Association, the UK’s leading academic learned society for politics and political studies, has launched a new initiative designed to bring international broadcasters and the very best political scientists together in order to create TV and radio programmes that showcase the discipline. The project, ‘Total Exposure’, was launched officially on the 1st of April 2015 but will run right up until a final event at the end of January 2016.

From the 1st of April 2015, members of the PSA have been invited to submit ideas for TV and radio programmes based around research within their discipline. Members may submit pitches as individuals or as groups of up to four people. The deadline for pitches is the 31st of October 2015.

After the deadline has passed, 10 of the best pitches will be shortlisted and the academics behind those pitches will be invited to a Central London venue in January 2016 where they will get the chance to sell their pitch to a panel of expert television and radio programme commissioners. The panel of experts assembled by the PSA includes Jonathan Brunert (Producer, BBC), Tom Garton (Assistant Producer, BBC, ITV, Shiver), Siobhan Mulholland (Senior Commissioning Editor, Factual, Sky), Siobhan Sinnerton (Senior Commissioning Editor, News and Current Affairs, Channel 4), and Steve Titherington (Commissioning Editor, BBC World Service).

The Political Studies Association sees the initiative as a skills-building and networking exercise rather than a competition and there is no prize or an outright winner.

Chair of the Political Studies Association, Professor Matthew Flinders explained:

“Total Exposure offers an opportunity to learn about interacting with the media and to learn new skills. Some short-listed applicants will get the chance to discuss their ideas and proposals with a panel of commissioning editors and producers and this may lead to one or two ideas being taken forward into a formal commissioning round.

This project is therefore about learning and linkage: learning in the sense of the art of translation and taking academic knowledge into the public sphere; linkage in the sense of creating an annual and prestigious competition through which cutting-edge social science can be offered as the basis for cutting-edge broadcasting.”

Professor Matthew Flinders added:

“The aim of Total Exposure is to create a fun and friendly environment in which academics at any stage in their career, from any institution and from any sub-field of the discipline can learn about the media commissioning process, develop the skills to add new dimensions to their career and – through this – promote the discipline for the benefit of all its members”

The  ‘Guide to Total Exposure’ document, including an FAQs and tips on how to write a pitch, can be downloaded from the PSA’s website at www.psa.ac.uk/totalexposure.

For more information, contact totalexposure@psa.ac.uk


Guy Lachapelle, Contributor to Queries - The European Progressive Magazine

Secretary General Guy Lachapelle published an article titled “Good Left-Wing Governments Craft Good Policies!” in Queries - The European Progressive Magazine. His contribution was first published on March 23, 2015. Other contributors to the magazine include political science experts, professors and elected officials within European governments.

For more information on the magazine: http://www.queries-feps.eu/



“Statesmen are full of good intentions; they simply don’t know how to go about them.” (Montesquieu)

The left-right axis remains crucial to a proper understanding of the evolution of modern-day society because it allows us to distinguish governments that favour collective development from those that believe in the power of market rules to reduce social inequality.

Over the years, however, the technocratic/bureaucratic state has given way to the “negotiator-state”, in constant arbitration between different social groups. A number of governments have allowed themselves to simply go with the flow without really thinking about how to improve the lives of citizens or curb inequality.

Any exploration of the concept of governance in today’s world involves asking whether there is a difference between the policies of left and right. This kind of debate is vital in refocusing the message of the left and gives rise to the key question of how the left should govern if it is to do so successfully. The art of government, especially on the left, lies in seeking to re-establish the state and government administration as one of our core concerns to ensure that all citizens can expect to see their governments serve the common interest.