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We are the leading scholarly society concerned with the research and teaching of political science in Europe, headquartered in the UK with a global membership.
Our groups and networks are pushing the boundaries of specialist sub-fields of political science, helping to nurture diversity and inclusivity across the discipline.
This unique event has helped tens of thousands of scholars over nearly five decades hone research, grow networks and secure publishing contracts.
An engaging platform for discussion, debate and thinking; Europe's largest annual gathering of political scientists from across the globe.
A comprehensive programme of cutting-edge qualitative and quantitative methodological training delivered by experts across two annual events.
Inspired by Harbour House, our HQ which provides a literal and metaphorical ‘home’ for the ECPR family, this lecture series seeks to open doors to some of the most pressing issues and challenges in the discipline.
Our Standing Groups organise a range of annual events, including summer schools, conferences and workshops, open to all.
Our highly regarded peer-reviewed journals, produced in partnership with the world's leading academic publishers, share the best scholarly thinking.
Through our imprint ECPR Press and via the OUP Comparative Politics book series, we publish research by, and for the political science community.
Sharp analyses of topical news from a political science perspective, research summaries and the latest expert thinking.
Our members are universities across the globe and the scholars who work and study within them; membership benefits both the individual and the institution.
We have a range of funding schemes to help progress individual careers and to support the wider development of the discipline.
From distinguished scholars to exceptional PhD students, our prizes recognise service and achievement across the profession.
Groups and Networks
Joint Sessions of Workshops
The House Lectures
The European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) was established by a group of twelve founding
European universities and as the result of a project led by eminent political scientists, Jean Blondel and Stein
Rokkan, to…‘break down the barriers between the national traditions of the
discipline and create a truly international community of scholars within Europe…’
With the help of a generous grant from the Ford
Foundation, the ECPR quickly built a framework of membership and activities to meet this
Fifty years on, we are the leading scholarly society for political scientists in Europe; we have over 300
institutional members in nearly 50 countries, which amounts to a global community of tens of thousands
We fulfil our core mission to advance political science by:
Our membership is comprised of over 300 of the world’s leading academic institutions concerned with
the teaching and research of political science and related disciplines. From this membership stems a
network of tens of thousands of individuals, all of whom benefit from ECPR membership; from PhD student
to Emeritus Professor.
Find out more about membership benefits and sign up to our
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In an ever-changing world where democracy and academic freedom can seem alarmingly fragile, our original
mission today resonates more than ever.
Through the eyes of our founders, we created a global network and the discipline of European political
science. With that comes a responsibility to be the voice of our community, to speak out when we
see challenges, to build bridges between countries, schools of thought, and the academic and public
Now in our second half-century, we will continue to grow a welcoming, diverse, and inclusive
international network able to interpret the political landscape for all, to help the world understand
and benefit from the critical importance of political science. And that, is our most important
mission of all.
The ECPR is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) registered and headquartered in the UK. A board
of twelve trustees (the Executive Committee) elected from the membership provide academic and strategic
governance. Members of the Executive Committee are highly respected professionals within the discipline,
eager to contribute their ideas, time and energy to developing European political science.
The operational offices are based in Colchester (originally at the University of Essex, a key founding
member of ECPR) at Harbour House.