Participation is the Bulletin of the International Political Science Association. Publication began in the spring of 1977 as an initiative of the IPSA Secretariat and was carried forward by Secretary General John Coakley and then Secretary General Guy LaChapelle. For many years it was the primary mechanism for internal communications within IPSA. It carried articles in three different categories: IPSA events and related news from the Executive; news from national political science associations; and news from the Research Committees, which carry out much of IPSA’s scholarly work.
In 2010 the IPSA Executive decided that because much of the information that had previously been provided through Participation could now be provided through the monthly e-Newsletter and through the IPSA website, the functions of Participation could evolve in a new direction. While this is still at a trial stage to test membership reaction, the aim is to feature political science perspectives on political developments in different parts of the world. The October 2010 issue was the first to contain some articles of this kind, along with more traditional content about IPSA, national associations and Research Committees.
We are now commissioning, for the next issue, articles from authors who have been developing new conceptual approaches for the analysis of current political trends. We are asking for articles of about 2,500 words, without footnotes, so they will be readily accessible to those working in other subfields of the discipline and in different parts of the world. We should like Participation to function as a showcase for what political scientists can offer to those interested in current political developments, as well as providing information on the progress of political science as a discipline.
Please do not hesitate to contact us with suggestions for Participation.