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11Oct 2019

New Direction of the RC 34

Professors Brigitte Weiffen and Dirk Kotzé are now leading IPSA’s Research Committee on the Quality of Democracy

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02Mar 2017

International Conference - “Political Science in the Digital Age: Mapping Opportunities, Perils and Uncertainties”

The International Political Science Association (IPSA) is organizing an international conference that will be held on 4-6 December 2017 in Hannover, Germany. Chaired by Marianne Kneuer and Helen Milner, the conference will take place in Hannover’s Palace of Herrenhausen.

More information about the Conference at https://hannover2017.ipsa.org/

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15Dec 2016

RC 34 Perfomed a Seminar in Chile: “Quality of Democracy: NEW RESEARCH AGENDA”

Seminar “Quality of Democracy: NEW RESEARCH AGENDA”

Santiago de Chile, September 14th and 15th, 2016


The development of democratic quality in Latin America displays a mixed record. Latin Americans today live in freer and more democratic countries than ever before, nearly all Latin American countries have resumed a growth path and most governments are governing more effective than their predecessors did. At the same time, scholars state a persistently low quality of democracy across a large number of countries.


Organizers with Chilean President, Ms Michelle Bachelet


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16Nov 2016

New Board Composition

During the 24th World Congress in Poznan occurred last July, a new board was elected to rule the Research Committee on Quality of Democracy.

We would like to invite all coleagues to send your papers, books and news about congresses and researches groups on the Quality of Democracy around the world to the e-mail IPSARC34@gmail.com so that we can publicize and share our experiences.

Best Wishes,

RC 34 Team

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11Apr 2016

Call for Papers: Seminar Quality of Democracy: New Research Agenda

The planed Seminar on “Quality of democracy in Latin America” aims at bringing together scholars in order to discuss theoretical as well as empirical challenges in the study of Latin American democratic quality. Contributions should relate to the exposed questions in single case or comparative studies or should address theoretical or methodological challenges regarding the study of quality of democracy in Latin America. The proposals should register in three items:

a) Democratic theory,
b) Methodology about quality of democracy,
c) Empirical research of democracies.

Please find the Call for Papers here: Workshop_Chile.pdf


23Jan 2015

Conference “Communication, Democracy and Digital Technology”, Rovinj (Croatia) | 2-3 October 2015

RC 34 together with RC 10 (Electronic Democracy), RC 22 (Political Communication) and the University of Zaghreb will organize a conference on "Communication, Democracy and Digital Technology" in Rovinj (Croatia) from 2 to 3 October 2015.

Call for Papers

Please find the Call for Papers here. The deadline for abstract submission has been extended to 31 January 2015!

The reviews will be completed and notifications sent by the end of February 2015. The registration will open on 1 March 2015. The registration will then also open for participants who will not be delivering a paper.

More information about the conference

We proudly announce that the conference will host Professor Guy Lachapelle, IPSA Secretary General who will deliver a keyote lecture. For excellent accommodation rates and early birds discount for conference participants check the conference website.

>>Please keep checking the conference website for all other information about registration, travel, news and program!<<

29Sep 2014

IPSA 2014

We thank all members of Research Committee 34 for joining our panels on the IPSA World Congress 2014 in Montreal. It was a pleasure to discuss a variety of theoretical and empirical perspectives on “Quality of Democracy” and to see that we could successfully continue the cooperative and productive work we started in this Committee in Madrid 2012.

All in all RC 34 hosted 15 interesting panels: http://www.ipsa.org/events/congress...

Moreover, RC 34 hosted a panel on social media and quality of democracy together with RC 22 “Political Communication”. http://www.ipsa.org/my-ipsa/events/...

We are also happy to have attracted some new members in our research group. We hereby welcome them once again in our “RC34 network” . Looking forward to the upcoming projects!

24Sep 2013

IPSA World Congress of Political Science

Submitted Panels by RC 34
(July 19 - July 24 2014, Montréal)

After 20 Years: The Quality of South African Democracy.
Discussants: Prof. Louwrens Pretorius

Challenges of the Research on Executive-Legislative Balance of Power
Chair: Prof. José Álvaro Moisés
Co-Chair: Prof. Marianne Kneuer
Discussants: Prof. Daniela Piana

Social Media and their Influence on the Quality of Democracy
(Joint Panel RC 34 and RC 22)
Chair: Prof. Marianne Kneuer
Co-Chair: Prof. Oscar Luengo
Discussant: Dr. Javier G. Marín
Call for papers

Constitutional Democracy: One or Many

Deliberative democracy and social inequalities: from ideal to practice
Chair: Dr. Didier Caluwaerts
Discussants: Dr. Silvia Erzeel

Democracy, Constitution-making and Uncertainty
Chair: Dr. Cristine de Clercy
Co-Chair: Dr. Peter Ferguson
Discussants: Dr. Louis Imbeau

Measuring Quality of Democracy in Comparative Politics
Convenors: Anja Mihr, Claudia Wiesner
Chair: Prof. Anja Mihr, Utrecht University
Co-Chair: Dr. Claudia Wiesner, Marburg University
Discussant: NN

Perspectives on the quality of democracy in Latin America
Chair: Dr. Irma Mendez de Hoyos
Co-Chair: Dr. Felipe Carlos Betancour
Discussants: Dr. Jesus Tovar

Quality of democracy and the contribution of ‘New Parties'
Convenors: Hans-Joachim Lauth, Silvana Krause
Chair: Prof. Hans-Joachim Lauth
Co-Chair: Prof. Dr. Silvana Krause
Discussant: N.N.

Quality of Democracy in Eastern Europe and Latin America in Comparative Perspective
Chair: Dr. Anna M. Sroka
Discussants: Prof. Leonardo Morlino
Call for Papers

The Arquitecture of Diversity: Institutional Innovation and Conflict Management in Latin America
Chair: Dr. Jorge Gordin
Co-Chair: Mr. Fernando Rosenblatt

Who governs? Is there a crisis of mature democracies?
Chair: Prof. Aurel Croissant
Co-Chair: Prof .Wolfgang Merkel
Discussants: Prof. Wolfgang Merkel

Who is the postnational citizen in times of crisis?
Chair: Dr. Isabel Carvalhais
Co-Chair: Prof. Isabel Camisão
Call for Papers

Deadline to submit abstract/paper proposals:
October 7, 2013

Please find the IPSA Rules of Participation here:http://www.ipsa.org/events/congress...

28Nov 2012

IPSA 2012

Looking back on the IPSA 2012 conference in Madrid we thank all members of Research Committee 34 for their participation and their contribution, which resulted in fruitful discussions and an inspiring atmosphere.

One topic in our business meeting in Madrid was the technical implementation of a more attractive and functional website that serves the needs of a scientific network. Now, we are happy to present you an update of our RC34 website which from now on can be used as a tool of networking and collaborating.

After relaunching the website, it now consists of some more information concerning the RC34 network. You can find a list of those members that wish to publish fields of research as well as contact information in order to foster networking. Moreover, we aim to using the “RC34 network” for sharing information about projects, publications and conferences on the topic of “quality of democracy”. Please let us know, if you want to make any proposals. You can therefore contact Aileen Bolling (research assistant of Marianne Kneuer), who will technically integrate it on the RC34 website. (aileen.bolling@uni-hildesheim.de)

In order to strengthen the visibility of our activities here you can find the minutes of our business meeting. Inter alia, it informs about the new personnel composition within the RC34 committee. In our business meeting on IPSA 2012 José Alvares Moises was elected on the position of Chair, Marianne Kneuer on the position of the Vice-Chair (for more information see contact). Daniela Piana was elected on the position of Secretary. After the election the Executive Committee now consists of:

  • Dr. Anna M. Sroka: University of Warsaw Poland
  • Dr. Claudia Wiesner:Jyvaeskylae University (Finland) and Marburg University (Germany)
  • Dr. Rune Holmgaard: Institute of Government and Politics & Andersen University of Tartu (Estonia)
  • Dr. Christiane de Paula: Fundacão Getulio Vargas FGV Brazil
  • Prof. Dr Jean Michel de Waele: Université Libre de Bruxelles
  • Dr. Ramona Coman: Université Libre de Bruxelles

Looking forward to further productive cooperation!

16Jun 2011

Announcement and Mission

Proudly Announcing The new IPSA Research Committee 34 Quality of Democracy

IPSA is pleased to announce the launch of the new research committee on Quality of Democracy (RC 34)

This new research committee wants to cast new light on the empirical analysis of quality of democracy and wants to provide scholars with a new “space” in which they can meet and share methodological and empirical works aiming to deep our understanding of the mechanisms that lead democratic processes, such a changes, subversions, anchoring, etc..

Analyses of democratic regimes have been part of the core agenda in comparative politics since long ago and have known a much larger and comprehensive development over the last four decades since the beginning of the so called third wave of democratization. While research has been vastly enriched on transition from democracy, on favourable and less favourable conditions, and on what makes democracy endure, we are only beginning to explore this new space of analyzing the quality of democracy.

The RC 34 on one side recalls key traditional problems of democratic regimes such as: How rulers can be held accountable to ruled? How responsive policy making can contribute to a more accountable government? To what extent equality and freedom are related? These are some of the research questions that have been recast and have been profoundly reshaping the traditional empirical theory of democracy as a consequence of the spread of democracies in all areas of the world over the last 60 years, but especially since the early 1970s, leading to renewed interest in classic political science topics such as elections, parties, civil society, institutions and institutional design, decision making, policies and their implementation.

In a further step we want to focus new questions and perspectives: What are the reasons for a declining quality of democracy and where can it lead to? What are essential aspects of improving democratic quality? Moreover, the more recently historical and systemic analysis of democratic regimes found a common ground in the democratic quality assessment stream. The RC 34 involves an innovative analytical and methodological proposal which keeps altogether both qualitative and quantitative analyses to the democratic assessment and it is epistemologically committed to cast a comparative perspective on all types of democracy.

Taking into account the political changes towards democracy in the period between 1974 and today the purpose of this new Research Committee is to explore what theoretical developments are possible in the analysis of this widespread and important phenomenon, in order to respond to a number of questions that are both highly relevant and still debated, but which have yet to be answered in an adequate and satisfactory manner.

Actions taken by the RC 34 will cover both networking, research coordination, and dissemination. Contact You can contact the RC 34 at the following chairs' and vice-chair addresses. CHAIRS Prof. Dr. Marianne Kneuer University of Hildesheim Institute for Social Sciences Professor for Comparative Politics Marienburger Platz 22 D - 31141 Hildesheim Germany Tel.: 0049-5121-883-512 kneuer@uni-hildesheim.de

Prof. Dr. Jean Michel De Waele Université Libre de Bruxelles Faculty of Social and Political Sciences Dean 44 Avenue Jeanne B - 1050 Brussels Belgium Tel.: 0032-2 650 39 03 jmdewaele@ulb.ac.be

Prof. Dr José Álvaro Moisés University of São Paulo Department of Political Science Professor for Democratic Theory Center for Public Policy Research Dean Av Prof. Luciano Gualberto, 315 Cidade Universitaria Sao Paulo CEP 05508900 Brazil Tel (55-11) 30913272 jamoises@gmail.com jamoises@usp.br VICE-CHAIR Dr. Daniela Piana Associate Professor Department of Political Science, Faculty of Political Sciences University of Bologna Strada Maggiore 45 40100 Bologna Italy Tel.: 0039 051 209 27 12 d.piana@unibo.it; danielapiana@hotmail.com

21May 2011

NEW! RC 34 Calls for Papers

Research Committee 34: Quality of Democracy IPSA-QoD


CALL FOR PAPERS The IPSA Research Committee 34 on the Quality of Democracy (IPSA-QoD) is organizing a Workshop on the Recent Research Developments on the Quality of Democracy which will be held in Madrid on July 2012, during the IPSA World Congress. The workshop aims at examining the recent comparative research and analysis of existing democracies as systems of qualities on the basis of a comprehensive multi-dimensional framework, and at spreading off empirical and methodological knowledge produced by this new cross-cultural approach. The workshop is planned to target both methodology and empirical research and will address both the systemic and the historical dimensions of new and old democracies. Analyses of the democratic regime have been part of the core agenda in comparative politics since long ago and have known a much larger and comprehensive development over the last four decades since the beginning of the so called third wave of democratization. Southern European democracies, Eastern and Central European democracies, and Latin American transitions offered the empirical field that allowed researchers to exam fundamental mechanisms and patterns of change which are featuring democratization processes “in context”. Democratic theory is a central component of contemporary theoretical development of political scholarship and supports the empirical field that comparative political scientists have been incline to consider. More recently historical and systemic analysis of democratic regimes found a common ground in the democratic quality assessment stream. This approach involves an innovative analytical and methodological proposal which keeps altogether both qualitative and quantitative analyses to the democratic assessment and it is epistemologically committed to cast a comparative perspective on all types of democracy. The workshop is therefore planned to exam the empirical analysis of democratic processes drawing lessons from the well known scholarly tradition of the democratic theory and endorsing the multi-dimensional view of democracy which has been progressively worked out by recent research assessing the quality and changes of existing democracies. Information about the workshop theme and the submission form for paper proposals, please contact: RC34 Vice-Chair: Daniela Piana, d.piana@unibo.it The deadline for submission of paper proposals is 1st July 2011.

IPSA WORLD CONGRESS 8TH-12TH JULY 2012 IPSA-QoD will also organize at least two general panels at the IPSA World Congress in Madrid from 8-12th July 2012. Proposals for papers for the general panels are welcome concerning the above mentioned themes. The business meeting held at this event will help to initiate activities, elect officers, and expand the membership of RC. The main theme of the Madrid IPSA World Congress is 'Reshaping power, shifting boundaries'. Details are available at www.IPSA.org.