Swiss Political Science Association Annual Congress 2022

Swiss Political Science Association Annual Congress 2022


Deadline: Sat, 25 Sep 2021

Event Details

The general conference theme will be focused on the politics of crisis. Since the beginning of 2020, COVID-19 is profoundly affecting our everyday life and raises numerous questions on the social and political implications of the pandemic, and the political responses to this public health crisis. Despite the singularity of the current crisis, it also requires addressing broader questions in relation to ongoing political, social, economic, financial, and environmental transformations. More specifically, what are the impacts of crises like the COVID-19 on the public opinion? What are political actors’ strategies from the local to the transnational level? How do crises affect public policy and multilevel governance arrangements? How do countries and national institutions and political actors react to these disruptions? How have these changes affected political processes and outputs? What may explain divergences or similarities in these reactions? Is it possible to distinguish between short term reactions to an urgent situation and more long-term impact on the functioning of public policy and politics in general?

Some of these questions will be addressed during the plenary session with a specific focus on the political impact of COVID-19. The keynote speech will be held by Giliberto Capano, Professor of Public Policy at the University of Bologna, specialist in public administration and public policy in comparative perspective. His recent works specifically relate to the political reactions to COVID-19 in Italy and abroad.

The keynote speech will be followed by a roundtable dealing with the broader issue of crisis management (including for instance the climate emergency and the financial crisis).

 Call for Papers

As usual, the panels and workshops of the conference will be organized in collaboration with the working groups of the Swiss Political Science Association, which provide the specific thematic context for your submission of the abstract. Abstracts should be submitted to the thematic working groups. The working groups are the following (for more details, see also :

1) International Affairs
2) European Politics
3) Peace and Security Policy
4) Public Policy
5) Political Behaviour and Communication
6) Political Theory
7) Gender and Politics
8) Political Economy and Social Policy
9) Comparative Politics
10) Empirical Methods
11) Development and Environment
12) Federalism and Territorial Politics
13) International Political Sociology

 Guide for authors

The deadline to submit the abstract (maximum length of 250 words) is September 25th.

To submit your abstract, please click on the following link ...

Key Dates

  • Deadline for abstract submission: 25.09.2021
  • Notification of acceptance: 20.10.2021
  • Deadline for final paper submission: 15.01.2022

Local organizing committee
Lysiane Adamini, Roberto Di Capua, Rahel Kunz, André Mach, Lucile Maertens, Martino Maggetti, Sean Müller, Matthieu Niederhauser, Jan-Erik Refle, Timo Walter.