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The Standing Group on Political Networks of the European Consortium for Political Research-ECPR invites proposals for papers and full panels to be included in the program of the 8th ECPR General Conference, to be hosted on 3 - 6 September 2014 at the University of Glasgow, UK.


Since the publication of David Knoke’s Political Networks (1990), systematic research on social networks has grown dramatically in both political science and political sociology. The Political Networks section builds on the conversations started in Bordeaux at the 2013 General Conference. We are planning panels that fall under three major themes: the basic mechanisms through which network properties affect individual political action; the different ways in which network approaches have contributed to our understanding of collective action dynamics; the relationship between networks and policy making.


Possible topics for panels include the following:

Networks in International Relations (contact: Paul Thurner; [log in to unmask] );

Networks in the Policy Process (contact: Dimitris Christopoulos; [log in to unmask] );

Social Network Approaches to Participation and Public Opinion (contact: Meredith Rolfe; [log in to unmask] );

Network Dynamics and Coalition Formation (contact: Bernhard Kittel; [log in to unmask]);

Social Media and Political Networks (contact: Elena Pavan; [log in to unmask]);

Social Movements and Networks (contact: Mario Diani; [log in to unmask] ).


If you are interested in proposing a paper on one of the topics listed above, please contact the corresponding organizer by February 1st, 2014. Alternatively, you are also welcome to propose a standalone paper, or a full panel on another topic. Anyone wishing to propose a standalone paper will need to propose it to a specific Section then, if accepted, the Section chair will allocate it to the appropriate Panel. As for Panel proposals, they must include a minimum of four Papers and each Paper must include the Paper title, an abstract and author(s) details.


The procedure for submission is outlined below. Although the call for full panels and individual papers will remain open until 15 February 2014 on the ECPR website (http://www.ecpr.eu/Events/EventDetails.aspx?EventID=14) proposals to specific panels should be mailed by February 1st in order to allow the time to coordinate the organizers’ efforts.


Please feel free to contact the SG chairs Mario Diani ([log in to unmask]) or Dimitris Christopoulos ([log in to unmask]) for further information.



From the ECPR website:



Proposers of Panels or papers need not belong to an ECPR member institution, but they must  create a free MyECPR account.


As Europe's biggest political science conference, the ECPR's General Conference gathers scholars from across the world to discuss key areas of this discipline. The conference follows a traditional format with the Academic Programme consisting of lectures, Roundtables and themed Sections and Panels on topical subjects. Each Panel will include 4 – 5 Papers to be presented and discussed. The Programme will be very broad with Sections covering all the main areas of political science, political theory, international relations and European studies. You can present and discuss your work or simply observe and become involved in other elements of the programme.


Call for Full Panels and individual Papers

The call for Panels and individual Papers is now open. This stage of the process is open to all participants, but please note that all participants must have a MyECPR account. Individuals can propose a Panel including 4 – 5 Papers or propose individual Papers to a particular Section. Further information explaining the stages in detail can be found in the Guidelines.


When proposing a Panel/Paper please note that:

If you have any further queries about the General Conference, please email Jenna Barnard at [log in to unmask]


General Conference funding opportunities

A funding opportunity of €250 is available towards the conference for individuals affiliated with ECPR full member institutions (subject to meeting the required criteria). The funding application process will open next year and details will be available on the website in due course. For further queries, please email Anna Foley at [log in to unmask].

Dr Dimitris Christopoulos

Department of Public Governance & Sustainable Development
MODUL University Vienna

+44 796 858 1009

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