Democratization and Autocratization: IPSA 75th Anniversary Conference


Issues surrounding democratization and autocratization persist as pivotal challenges in contemporary political landscapes. Samuel Huntington notably coined the term "third wave" to describe the widespread democratic transitions occurring across the globe from the 1970s to the early 1990s. However, scholars have since observed a counter-trend, marked by movements toward autocracy in various regions since the 2000s. The current landscape is characterized by upheavals, including violent government overthrows, the erosion of democratic institutions by autocratic forces, substantial contestation of established power structures, and a prevailing disillusionment among segments of the population regarding liberal democratic institutions.

Organizing a conference on this critical theme in 2024 holds particular significance. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Carnation Revolution in Portugal, an event identified by Huntington as the starting point of the “third wave” of democratization. Additionally, the International Political Science Association (IPSA) celebrates its 75th anniversary since its establishment in 1949. As an organization dedicated to advancing political science research globally, it is fitting for IPSA to host a three-day conference on the topic of democratization and autocratization in Lisbon, Portugal—the very location where the initial gunshot of the third wave of democratization resonated.

Against this backdrop, our three-day conference aims to delve into various facets of democratization and autocratization worldwide. We extend an invitation for papers and panels analyzing any aspect related to democratization and autocratization, spanning any region and time period, on individual case studies or with a comparative approach in any of the following areas:

  • Elections and parties (party systems) in democratization and/or autocratization.
  • Autocratization, populism and radical right/left parties.
  • Autocratization trends and the quality of democracy.
  • Democratization, autocratization, judiciary and rule of law.
  • The economy in the democratization/autocratization processes.
  • The military in the democratization and autocratization processes.
  • The role of international relations in democratization/autocratization.
  • The role of values, emotions, and cultural wars in democratization and autocratization.
  • Migrations in democratization and/or autocratization processes.  
  • Public policy and democratization/autocratization.
  • Gender in democratization/autocratization processes.
  • Nationalism and ethnicity in democratization and autocratization.
  • The impact of autocratization on the governance process.

Program Committee 

Pablo Oñate
(Committee chair) IPSA President; Professor of political science at University of Valencia (Valencia, Spain)

Yuko Kasuya
IPSA President-Elect, Professor of political science at Keio University (Tokyo, Japan)

Dianne Pinderhughes
IPSA Past-President, Professor of political science at University of Notre Dame (Indiana, United States of America)

Madalena Meyer Resende
IPSA Vice-President, Professor of political science at NOVA University of Lisbon (Lisbon, Portugal)

Keiichi Kubo
IPSA Committee for Research and Training Chair, Professor of political science at Waseda University (Tokyo, Japan)

Hasret Dikici-Bilgin
IPSA Summer Schools Coordinator, Professor of political science at Istanbul Bilgi University (Istanbul, Türkiye)

Daniel Stockemer
IPSR Co-editor, Professor of political science at University of Ottawa (Ottawa, Canada)

Important Dates

27 February 2024 Call for Proposals Opens
10 April 2024 Deadline to Submit Proposals (Papers and Closed Panels)
15 May 2024 Registration Opens
15 May 2024 Acceptance or Rejection Notifications (sent by email to the individual who submitted the proposal)
Note: Due to the high volume of proposal submissions, the date to send notifications has been extended.
3 July 2024 Registration Deadline to Remain in the Program
For all authors of papers accepted in the program. Unregistered panelists will be removed from the conference program.
15 August 2024 Deadline to Register for the Conference
28 August 2024 Deadline to Submit Paper
11-13 September 2024 Conference Dates

Call for Proposals | 27 February to 10 April 2024

The Call for Proposals is closed.

Paper Proposals

Submission of individual papers by author(s), which, if accepted, will be grouped into a panel at the discretion of the Program Committee. The paper proposal must be in English and should include:

  • Paper author's full name
  • Institution
  • Country
  • Paper title
  • Paper abstract (200 words maximum)

Paper givers must commit to participating in person and may be asked to serve as chairs and/or discussants in the assigned panel.

Closed Panel Proposals

A closed panel proposal refers to a pre-organized and complete panel that includes 4-5 papers, a chair, and one or more discussants. A closed panel proposal must be in English and should include the following elements:

  • Title
  • Description outlining the panel's focus and objectives
  • 1 Chair (Full name, affiliated institution and country)
  • 1-2 Discussant(s) (Full name, affiliated institution and country)
  • 4-5 Papers: For each paper, clearly indicate the author's full name, affiliated institution, country, paper title and abstract (200 words maximum)

All proposed panelists must commit to participating in person if the panel is selected.

IMPORTANT NOTE: All panel elements listed above should be included when you submit your proposal. Once submitted, you will be able to edit the elements of the panel proposal until 10 April 2024.

Guidelines for Full Papers

Main authors of accepted proposals will be asked to submit the complete paper in PDF format by 28 August 2024.

  • A written paper, in English, no more than 12.000 words, single-spaced on letter-sized pages (8.5” x 11”) or A4.
  • Authors are free to choose the citation style of their paper.

The submission link to upload the full paper will be provided to accepted authors by e-mail.

Conference Partner



Gulbenkian Foundation


Turismo de Lisboa

Preliminary Program

11 September 2024 | 08:00 – 20:00
08:30 – 19:00 Registration
09:00 – 09:30 Opening Remarks
09:30 – 09:45 Break
09:45 – 11:15 Panels
11:15 – 11:30 Break
11:30 – 13:00 Panels
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch
14:00 – 15:30 Panels
15:30 – 15:45 Break
15:45 – 17:15 Panels
17:15 – 17:30 Break
17:30 – 18:30
18:40 – 20:00
Keynote Speaker - Adam Przeworski
12 September 2024 | 08:00 – 18:15
08:30 – 17:00 Registration
09:00 – 10:30 Panels
10:30 – 10:45 Break
10:45 – 12:15 Panels
12:15 – 13:15 Lunch
13:15 – 14:45 Panels
14:45 – 15:00 Break
15:00 – 16:30 Panels
16:30 – 16:45 Break
16:45 – 18:15 Panels
13 September 2024 | 08:00 – 17:45
08:30 – 17:00 Registration
09:00 – 10:30 Panels
10:30 – 10:45 Break
10:45 – 12:15 Panels
12:15 – 13:15 Lunch
13:15 – 14:45 Panels
14:45 – 15:00 Break
15:00 – 16:30 Panels
16:30 – 16:45 Break
16:45 – 17:45 Closing Remarks

Call for Proposals | 27 February to 10 April 2024

Refer to the Call for Proposals section for details.


Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation
Av. de Berna 45 A, 1067-001
Lisboa, Portugal

Travel and Accommodation

Expense Responsibility: All expenses related to travel, visa, accommodation, and meals are the sole responsibility of the participating delegate. Kindly make the necessary arrangements and budget considerations to cover these aspects of your attendance.

Requirements to Enter Portugal

Visa and Passport Requirements

To enter Portugal, you may need a Passport and/or a visa, depending on the country you live in. In accordance with the Convention implementing the Schengen Agreement, passengers travelling to or from another Schengen State do not need a new visa as this is considered to be an internal flight. Citizens from other States need a visa to enter Portugal, which may be requested from the Portuguese Consulate or Embassy in the respective country, for stays of up to 90 days. Use the Schengen Visa Wizard to find out if you need a visa.

For visits of less than 90 days, a passport valid for at least three months after the end of their stay is necessary for visitors.

Useful links
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Official Carrier

TAP Air Portugal is the Official Carrier of the Democratization and Autocratization Conference. As part of this partnership, TAP Air Portugal is offering 10% discount on fares (Economy Class and Executive Class) to all registered conference participants and their companions. These discounted fares can easily be booked online through the TAP Air Portugal website using the discount code provided on the Destination tab of the event website. 

Valid destination: Lisbon, Portugal. 

Valid dates: Travel must start no earlier than four (4) days before and end no later than four (4) days after the Democratization and Autocratization conference (11-13 September 2024). The trip must include the event dates within the travel period.

How to use the discount code

  • Visit the website
  • Select flights and dates
  • Select Advance Search
  • Insert the discount code in the Promotion Code Box. The discount code is: IT24TPCG41

For more detailed information, please view the discount document.

Transportation from and to the Airport

Coming soon

Accommodation Options

  • Independent Arrangements: Participants are free to choose their preferred accommodation type, including hotels, hostels, or Airbnb, based on personal preferences and budget constraints.
  • Online Reservation Platforms: Numerous online platforms offer a variety of accommodation options within a reasonable distance from the conference venue. Feel free to explore platforms such as,, Airbnb, or others to find suitable and convenient lodging.
  • Conference Hotels with preferential rates: Coming soon



Important Dates

15 May 2024 Registration Opens
3 July 2024 Registration Deadline to Remain in the Program
For all authors of papers accepted in the program. Unregistered panelists will be removed from the conference program.
15 August 2024 Deadline to Register for the Conference
11-13 September 2024 Conference Dates


Note: A login to the Pheedloop platform will be required to complete your registration.
If you are a new user, you will need to create an online account. If you participated at the WC2023 Congress in Buenos Aires or the 2024 Montreal conference, you may already have an online account. You may choose to request a One Time Login Code to proceed or Reset your Password.

Registration Fees

Individual Members of the International Political Science Association (IPSA) and the Associação Portuguesa de Ciência Política (APCP) benefit from a reduced registration fee to attend the conference.

Note: Invitation letters will be issued upon request to individuals who have registered and have an accepted role in the program. Invitation letters will not be issued to observers.

IPSA and APCP Member Registration Fees
Regular Member - Country Groups A & B   $90 USD
Student Member - Country Groups A & B   $40 USD
Regular Member - Country Groups C & D   $30 USD
Student Member - Country Groups C & D   FREE


Country Group Lists


Non-Member Registration Fees
Non-Member Regular $125 USD
Non-Member Student   $60 USD

Registration Refund Policy

All cancellations must be sent in writing to the IPSA Secretariat at Registrations cancelled before 15 August 2024 will be refunded 50% of the registration fee paid; cancellations received as of 16 August 2024 and no-shows will not be refunded.

Foundation of IPSA

IPSA was founded in September 1949, when representatives from sixteen countries gathered at UNESCO House in Paris. That inaugural meeting was led by delegations from the national associations of IPSA’s four founding countries: the United States, Canada, India, and France. In late 1949, the first Executive Committee and Executive Secretary begun to put into place the structures that would enable IPSA to take up the challenge laid out in its constitution: "[promoting] the advancement of political science throughout the world."

The first article about the creation of IPSA, published in the UNESCO Courier in November 1949.

IPSA's First Logo

IPSA Letterhead used in the 1980's


Since its first World Congress of Political Science in Zürich in 1950, IPSA has organized 25 successful World Congresses and numerous conferences across the world and more than 25,000 people attended these international events.

7th IPSA World Congress - Brussels, 1967

11th IPSA World Congress - Moscow, 1979

20th IPSA World Congress - Fukuoka, 2006


Today, IPSA publications, International Political Science Review and International Political Science Abstracts, as well as the IPSA Portal, seek to meet the needs of political scientists in different parts of the world. IPSA also organizes various Summer Schools for students and young researchers in collaboration with prominent universities and offers free IPSAMOOC - Massive Open Online Course - on its website.

A Roundtable Discussion Organized by IPSA  - Tokyo, 1982

IPSA Celebrated the 10th Anniversary of the Establishment of its Permanent  Secretariat in Montréal - 2016


IPSA's first virtual conference, The UN at 75: Challenges and Prospects for the Future of Multilateralism, was organized from 19-21 October 2020 to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations. You can view the complete session videos on the conference page

The first virtual IPSA World Congress was held from 10-15 July 2021 and had 2,760 participants and became the second most attended event in the history of the Association, after the 2012 World Congress in Madrid. To access the daily highlights and selected session videos, please visit the Congress page.


IPSA organized the Open-Access Publishing: A New Era in Scholarly Communication conference onsite at Concordia University in Montreal and virtually from 13-14 September 2022 to contribute to the future of scholarly publishing. You can view the complete session videos on the conference page and access the conference photos on our Flickr account.

IPSA published its first open-access book, Does the UN Model Work? Challenges and Prospects for the Future of Multilateralism in 2022. Edited by Kim Fontaine-Skronski, IPSA Executive Director, Valériane Thool, Lecturer in International Law at the University of Sherbrooke, and Norbert Eschborn, Director of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation in Canada, the book is composed of original articles from scholars and policy notes from practitioners based on the contributions to the Conference “The UN at 75: Challenges and Prospects for the Future of Multilateralism”. Read this open-access book here.


The 2023 IPSA World Congress, held in Buenos Aires from July 15-19, proved a great success, with 3,096 registered participants from 102 countries.To access the daily highlights and selected session videos, please visit the Congress page.


We are proud that IPSA has accomplished its mission of creating a global, inclusive political science community, which today counts 61 national and regional associations, over 81 institutional members, and more than 4,000 individual members.

Invitation to partner with IPSA on the Democratization and Autocratization Conference

The Democratization and Autocratization conference is an opportunity to network with prominent scholars, international associations, NGOs, and students. Promote your institution or organization, support your brand, and maintain a high profile among delegates. 

The following opportunities exist for sponsorship and advertising. For more information, please consult the Sponsorship & Visibility Kit (button below) or contact Haluk Dag at

Sponsorship & Advertising Kit

Summary of Products (all prices are in USD) 


Gold Sponsorship Package $5,000 
Silver Sponsorship Package $3,000 
Bronze Sponsorship Package $2,000
Contribution to Travel Grants $1,000
Conference Keynote Address $1,000


Promotional email to conference delegates and IPSA members $1,000 
Banner on the IPSA website for 30 days $750
Onsite exhibition table $750
Newsletter banner advertisement (for two months) $500
Video ads $300 or $200



Payment with Credit Card: Fill out the IPSA Advertisement Payment Form to complete your booking.

Payment with Wire Transfer: Fill out the IPSA Advertisement Purchase Order Form to receive an invoice.

Call for Volunteers

The International Political Science Association (IPSA) is seeking dynamic volunteers willing to contribute to IPSA’s 75 Anniversary Conference on Democratization and Autocratization in Lisbon. Volunteering for this international event will give you an opportunity to network and allow you to interact with prominent scholars from around the world. Volunteers are accepted from all academic backgrounds.

The deadline for volunteer applications was 20 June 2024. Confirmations will be sent by 10 July 2024


  • Volunteers must be available for the entire duration of the conference on 11-13 September 2024.
    • Wednesday, 11 September: 08:00 - 20:00
    • Thursday, 12 September: 08:00 - 18:30
    • Friday, 13 September: 08:00 -18:00
  • Volunteers must be proficient in English. Knowledge of any other language is a plus.
  • Volunteers must be available for an onsite information session on Tuesday, 10 September 2024 at 17:00 at Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.


All volunteers will receive:

  • A volunteer certificate from IPSA;
  • Lunch on each day;
  • Access to the welcome reception on 11 September;
  • Complimentary IPSA membership for 2024-2025.

Volunteer Positions

  1. Welcome and Registration: These volunteers will be placed at key locations at Gulbenkian Foundation to direct participants and at the registration desk to process registration of participants. They will also be helping participants with general inquiries. The volunteers will have a good knowledge of the program and logistical information.
  2. Room Attendants: These volunteers will assist with panelists and any minor issues in the panel rooms. Badge monitoring may be required.
  3. Social Media: These volunteers will be asked to attend Opening & Closing Ceremonies and select panels or roundtables to take notes. Volunteers will be required to submit a brief summary (2 paragraphs max.) for each event by 18:00. Strong English skills and a background in communications/journalism or political science are an asset.

Important Dates

  • 17 May 2024: Call for volunteers opens
  • 20 June 2024: Volunteer application deadline
  • 10 July 2024: Volunteer confirmations
  • 10 September 2024: Volunteer briefing 17:00

Contact Information: