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Message from the President - Statement on Freedom of Speech and Academic Freedom in Turkey

Dear Colleagues and friends,

The Mission Statement of the International Political Science Association (IPSA) commits the association to support the development of political science in all parts of the world, to create an inclusive and global political science community in which all can participate, and to support the role of political science in empowering men and women to participate more effectively in political life. IPSA seeks to promote collaboration between scholars in emerging and established democracies and to support the academic freedoms needed for the social sciences to flourish.
The current situation of political scientists and other colleagues in Turkey, threatened for publicly expressing their views, has raised the concern of IPSA members around the globe. Democracy demands not only respect for citizens’ rights to freedom of thought and speech, but also an environment conducive to constructive dialogue.

IPSA does not engage in the internal politics of nations and so refrains from comment on the subject matter of this particular petition. Nevertheless, we believe that those who have signed the petition, both as academics and as citizens of a democratic society, have the right to express their viewpoints peacefully without being subject to administrative or legal sanctions. We hope that the Turkish government will ensure that academic freedom and freedom of speech prevail in the country, and trust that the Turkish government shares IPSA’s belief in the value of democracy.

Aiji Tanaka, President
International Political Science Association

Announcement on Book Publication Series: Political Psychology: Issues, Challenges, and Prospects

This is to announce on a new book series entitled Political Psychology: Issues, Challenges, and Prospects, to be published by Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft, Baden-Baden, one of the leading publishers in social sciences in Germany. The Nomos’ Political Psychology Series is under the General Editorship of Sonja Zmerli (Grenoble University, France) and Ofer Feldman (Doshisha University, Japan). It aims to present works related to the political psychology field of inquiry. Each volume in the series will focus on particular aspects of the discipline, and underlines the significance of the interrelationships between political behavior and involvement and psychological perspectives. The series will offer theoretically, empirically, and methodologically sophisticated accounts on this interdisciplinary field of research to understand the crucial role individuals and groups play in politics; the effects of personality, attitude, learning, information processing and communication on political decisions and activity; and the linkages between situational and cultural features to performances in the public sphere.

Among other subject matters the series will include research on individual and collective action, voting behavior and attitudes, political violence and terrorism, stereotypes and prejudice, group dynamics and conflicts, identity, and genetics and neuroscience, on both the domestic and international levels, and in cross-national, cross-cultural settings.

Volumes in this series will be published in English, German, and French. We look forward for suitable books' proposals in these langauges to be evaluated for publication in the series in line with Nomos' terms of business. Interested members are encouraged to send their detailed prospectus either to Sonja Zmerli sonja.zmerli@sciencespo-grenoble.fr or to Ofer Feldman ofeldman@mail.doshisha.ac.jp

Theresa Reidy appointed as new IPSR Editor

We are delighted to announce that Dr Theresa Reidy has been appointed as Co-Editor of International Political Science Review to replace Mark Kesselman. Professor Kesselman has kindly agreed to continue through the transition period till the end of 2016.

Dr Reidy is a lecturer in the Department of Government at University College Cork, Ireland, where she teaches Irish politics, political economy and public finance. Her research interests lie in the areas of electoral behaviour and public finance. She has been involved in a number of research projects on elections and referendums in Ireland and she has received research funding from the Irish Research Council, Department of Education, Irish Aid, National Academy for the Integration of Research and Teaching and Learning (NAIRTL) and the European Commission. Theresa has been co-editor of Irish Political Studies since 2012.

In Autumn 2014, she held the position of Peter O'Brien Visiting Scholar at the School of Canadian Irish Studies in Concordia University, Montreal, Canada and she was a visiting research fellow at Universität Konstanz in Spring 2013. She is very involved in the political studies community. She is Vice President of the Political Studies Association of Ireland (PSAI), was honorary secretary of the PSAI from 2006 to 2011 and she has represented political science on the social science committee of the Royal Irish Academy since 2007.

She has convened nearly 20 academic conferences in UCC including the annual conference of the PSAI in 2006 and 2015, as well as a long list of other events on political reform, local elections and democracy and governance in the developing world. She has given expert evidence to parliamentary committees, the Constitutional Convention and is a regular contributor to national and international radio and the print media.