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16Jun

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

NEW! RC 34 Calls for Papers

Research Committee 34: Quality of Democracy IPSA-QoD

WORKSHOP ON THE QUALITY OF DEMOCRACY IPSA WORLD CONGRESS OF POLITICAL SCIENCE MADRID (SPAIN) JULY 2012

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.