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About us

The European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) is a learned society which supports the advancement of political science.

The ECPR was established in 1970 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 mission. 

Some 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 of scholars.

Our mission, however, remains the same, to advance political science. We do this by:

  • delivering methodological and professional training and career development to PhD students and early career researchers;
  • providing forums for the development of research and the formation of networks;
  • issuing grants and funding opportunities to scholars;
  • steering a prestigious publishing programme that shares the newest research as widely as possible; and
  • nurturing all corners of the discipline and its continued growth across thematic and geographical borders through funding and practical support.

ECPR as a membership association

Our members are universities and research institutes concerned with the teaching and research of political science and related disciplines. ECPR membership benefits both the institution and all scholars affiliated with it. Find out more about membership benefits and fees or sign up to receive regular updates from us.

Governance and operations

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. The operational offices are based in Colchester (originally at the University of Essex, a key founding member of ECPR) at Harbour House.

The history of the ECPR

A more detailed history of the ECPR and information about how the milestone will be celebrated can be found here on our forthcoming history pages.

Our mission

Founded in 1970, ECPR is the leading European academic association with a mission to advance political science.

We bring scholars together across our global network to develop research and grow the discipline.

Our members are universities, and the communities within them, engaged in the research and teaching of social sciences.

Through our events, publications and research groups, we foster scholarly collaboration across borders.

We support academics at every stage of their career, providing training, research opportunities and professional development.

ECPR helps interpret the world’s complex and changing political landscape for the benefit of all.


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