The ECPR's Executive Committee (EC) is a Board of twelve Trustees drawn from ECPR Full-Member institutions elected by the ECPR’s Council every three years to serve a six-year term. The Chair is elected from within the EC at the first meeting of the new Executive Committee and serves a three year term. The current Chair is Kris Deschouwer.
The Executive Committee is responsible for the day-to-day running of the Consortium as well as the formulation of long-term strategic development. To make this task more manageable, each member is given a portfolio for their three-year term. Most portfolios have a sub-committee chaired by the relevant EC member, on which sits at least one other EC member and a counterpart from Central Services. The Executive Committee meets at least twice a year, at ECPR’s Colchester headquarters in spring, and at the General Conference in late summer / early autumn.
Kris Deschouwer is a Research Professor in the Department of Political Science at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. He obtained a Master degree in Sociolog and in Political Science at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel in 1981 and in 1987, he obtained a PhD in Political Science. He started his career at the VUB in 1988, where he has been teaching general introduction to political science, comparative politics, Belgian politics and parties and elections. In 1999, he was a research fellow at the European University Institute in Florence. From 1987 until 1993, he was associate professor at the Department of Comparative Politics of the University of Bergen. In 2004 he held the Chaire d'honneur de la ville de Lausanne at the University of Lausanne.
Professor Deschouwer’s main area of research is political parties and elections, as well as related topics like political representation, regionalism and federalism, and consociational democracy. His areas of interest are reflected in the following books: Luther K.R. & Deschouwer, K. (eds) (1999), Party elites in divided societies. Political parties in consociational democracies, London: Routledge Keating, M., Loughlin, J. & Deschouwer, K. (2003), Culture, institutions and developments: a study of eight European regions, London: Edward Elgar, Deschouwer, K. (ed) (2008), New parties in government. In power for the first time London: Routledge, Deschouwer, K. (2012), The politics of Belgium. Governing a divided society, London: Palgrave MacMillan, Deschouwer, K. & Depauw, S. (eds) (2014), Representing the people. A survey among members of statewide and substate parliaments, Oxford University Press. Professor Deschouwer was editor of the European Journal of Political Research from 2003 to 2009, and co-founder (in 1990) and several times convener of the ECPR Summer School on Parties and Party Systems.
Mary Farrell (PhD, London School of Economics) is Professor in International Relations at the School of Government, Plymouth University. Her research interests include the political and policy processes in global governance, the interface between regional and global governance, the United Nations in global politics and policy, European Union external relations, and Africa in the international system. She has published widely on the European Union at the United Nations, EU-Africa relations, and comparative regionalism. Professor Farrell also serves on the Committee of the University Association for Contemporary European Studies (UACES), and is a current member of the Board of Directors of the Academic Council of the United Nations. She has taught courses on European and global governance in a number of European universities as well as in Ghana and China, and has acted as an expert on various European Commission research programme evaluations.
Giliberto Capanois Professor of Political Science and Public Policy in the Department of Political Science at Bologna University. From 2003-2009 he was Dean of Bologna University's II Politics Faculty.
Giliberto specialises in Comparative Public Policy and research interests include comparative higher education policy, comparative policy design and policy instruments, the role of agents in public policy, and the professionalisation and social impact of political science. In this regard, he chairs the ‘Professionalisation and Social Impact of European Political Science’ Cost Action, bringing together scholars from 35 European countries, to reveal the untapped potential of political science not only as an academic discipline, but also as a means by which to improve the quality of our societies.
He has been the director of the Rivista Italiana di Politiche Pubbliche (Italian Journal of Public Policy) and is co-editor of Policy & Society. He was a member of the Executive Committee of the International Political Science Association from 2009-2014 and co-founder of the International Public Policy Association.
Giliberto has published nine monographical studies and edited twelve books, while his work in English has been published in several books and in journals including European Policy Analysis, Higher Education, Journal of Legislative Studies, Higher Education Policy, Public Administration, Southern European Society and Politics, Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis, Journal of European Public Policy, Comparative Education Review, Policy and Society, Policy Sciences, and European Political Science.
Carbone is Professor of International Relations & Development at the University of Glasgow, where he also holds the Jean Monnet Chair in EU External Policies. In 2013 he received the Abilitazione as Professore Ordinario (Full Professor) from Italy’s National Agency for the Evaluation of Universities and Research Institutes (ANVUR). Professor Carbone joined the University of Glasgow following the completion of his PhD at the University of Pittsburgh in 2004, first as Lecturer (2005-2009), then as Senior Lecturer (2009-2011) and finally as Professor (2011 -). He has taught courses at Carnegie Mellon University, Duke University, Johns Hopkins and the University of Bologna, and held official visiting research positions at the Université Libre de Bruxelles, University of Canterbury in New Zealand, European University Institute, University of Cambridge, Sciences Po Paris, University of Cologne, and University of Bologna.
Professor Carbone’s main area of research is related to the EU’s external relations, particularly foreign aid and various development-related policies (i.e., trade, security and foreign affairs). He is also interested in the process of European integration, the politics of international development, and the role of Italy in the international arena. He has published more than 50 journal articles and book chapters and 6 books. Together with James Newell, Professor Carbone is the founding editor of Contemporary Italian Politics, published by Taylor & Francis (Routledge). In addition, Professor Carbone has been member of the Executive Committee of the University Association for Contemporary European Studies (UACES); member of the Executive Committee of the Italian Politics Specialist Group within the British Political Studies Association (PSA) and of the Conference Group on Italian Politics and Society within the American Political Science Association (APSA); and founding chair of the interest section on The European Union and the Developing World within the European Union Studies Association (EUSA). He was also the local organiser of the 2014 ECPR General Conference.
David Farrell was appointed to the Chair of Politics at University College Dublin in 2009, having returned to Ireland after two decades working at the University of Manchester. In 2013 he was elected a Member of the Royal Irish Academy.
He has held visiting positions at the Australian National University, Harvard, Mannheim, and the University of California Irvine.
A specialist in the study of representation, elections and parties, David has published 19 books and over 100 articles and book chapters. His most recent books include, with Russell J Dalton and Ian McAllister, Political Parties and Democratic Linkage (Oxford University Press, 2011; paperback 2013), which was awarded the GESIS Klingemann Prize for the Best Comparative Study of Electoral Systems (CSES) Scholarship and, with Michael Marsh and Gail McElroy, A Conservative Revolution? Electoral Change in Twenty-First Century Ireland (Oxford University Press, 2017).
David's current work is focused on constitutional deliberation, and in that capacity he was the research director of the Irish Constitutional Convention (2012-14) and the research leader of the Irish Citizens’ Assembly (2016-18).
Reuven Y Hazan is Chair of the Political Science Department at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He has Masters degrees in Political Science and Philosophy from Columbia University, where also obtained his doctorate in 1992. Professor Hazan has taught at the Hebrew University since 1995; he was made Senior Lecturer in 1999, Assistant Professor in 2005, Professor in 2009 and Chair in 2012. He has also been visiting professor at Emory University in 2003 and Harvard University in 2009.
Professor Hazan’s research interests cover comparative democracies in general but particularly parties and party systems, legislative studies, and electoral systems. He is the author and editor of several books, most recently Understanding Electoral Reform (Routledge 2012, co-edited with Monique Leyenaar) and Democracy within Parties (Oxford 2010, co-authored with Gideon Rahat). He has edited special issues of Party Politics, the Journal of Legislative Studies and West European Politics and has published widely in many leading journals. He is on the editorial boards of the International Political Science Review, the Journal of Legislative Studies, Party Politics, and on the international scientific board of the Italian Review of Political Science. He has also been actively involved in the Standing Groups on Political Parties and Parliaments.
Oddbjørn Knutsen is Professor of Political Science at the University of Oslo.
His research interests lie in the fields of comparative politics, with special interest in European politics, political psychology and sociology, electoral behaviour, value orientations and ideology, and methodology and statistics. Oddbjørn has published articles in international journals and written or edited several books on these topics, including The Nordic Models in Political Science: Challenged, but Still Viable? (Fagbokforlaget, 2017), Class Voting in Western Europe: A Comparative Longitudinal Study (Lexington Books, 2006), Social Structure and Party Choice in Western Europe: A Comparative Longitudinal Study (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004).
Oddbjørn Chaired the Norwegian PSA from 2010-2017 and was Chair of the Nordic PSA, 2011-2014. From 2008 to 2013 he Chaired the Norwegian national committee for evaluating promotion of assistant professors to professorship within political science, and he was a Member of the Executive Committee of the European Confederation of Political Science Associations from 2010 to 2016. He is also a member of the Research Council at EUI in Florence, from 2014–2019.
Prior to his election to our Executive Committee, Oddbjørn enjoyed strong association with the ECPR. He is a founding convenor of our Standing Group on Public Opinion and Voting Behaviour in a Comparative Perspective, which he helped grow from zero members to more than 400 in 2015. He has Chaired Sections at three separate ECPR General Conferences, and was Chair of the local organising committee for our General Conference in Oslo, in September 2017.
Petri Koikkalainen is Senior Lecturer of Political Science at the University of Lapland in Rovaniemi, Finland. Professor Koikkalainen has studied at the Universities of Tampere (1991-97) and Lund (1994), been a Visiting Postgraduate Researcher at UC Berkeley (2003) and a visiting post-doctoral scholar/fellow at UC Berkeley (2010) and the European University Institute, Florence (2011-13).
Professor Koikkalainen’s research interests include political theory, governance, the history of political thought and contemporary political history of northern Europe. He has published in journals such as History of Political Thought and History of European Ideas and in a number of edited anthologies; he has also published in Finnish (in, e.g., the comprehensive textbook ‘Klassiset poliittiset ajattelijat’, Classical Political Thinkers, edited with Paul-Erik Korvela, and in several other articles and book chapters.) He has served the Finnish Political Science Association (FPSA) as a member of its national board since 2006, Vice-President since 2010 and President since April 2014. He was the editor-in-chief of Politiikka, FPSA’s peer-reviewed journal, in 2009-10, and one of the initiators of Politiikasta.fi, a popular web portal administered by the FPSA designed to popularise and open up political science to the general public and the Finnish media. Prior to being president of the FPSA, Professor Koikkalainen was also responsible for developing the series ‘Books from the Finnish Political Science Association’.
Petra Meier is Professor of Politics at the University of Antwerp. She joined the Antwerp Department of Political Science in autumn 2006, as Assistant Professor, and has been its Chair for the last six years. In the period 2008-2016, with Stéphanie Loriaux, she chaired Sophia, the Belgian association of gender studies.
Petra studied political science at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and the Université libre Bruxelles, and social geography at the Universiteit van Amsterdam. In 2002 she gained her PhD from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, and went to Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen for a postdoctoral research project.
Petra’s research looks into the representation of gender in politics and policies. She studies questions of democracy and representation; electoral systems and their degree of inclusiveness; electoral system design and gender quotas; symbolic representation and its connection with other dimensions of representation; the inclusiveness of public policies, their framing, discursive constructions and design; the gendering of public policies, especially through gender impact assessment and discursive practices; the Belgian women's movement and women's policy agencies; and issues of inequality in multi-level systems, especially federations.
She co-authored The Symbolic Representation of Gender: A Discursive Approach(Ashgate, 2014) and co-edited The Discursive Politics of Gender Equality: Stretching, Bending and Policy-Making (Routledge, 2012).
Petra was a member of the local organising committee for our Joint Sessions at the University of Antwerp in 2012. She has been a co-convenor of our Standing Group on Gender & Politics, and has served on the Jean Blondel PhD Prize jury for the last four years.
Thomas Saalfeld is Professor of Comparative Politics at the University of Bamberg and Director of the Bamberg Graduate School of Social Sciences.
Before joining the University of Bamberg in 2009, he held academic positions at the Universities of the Federal Armed Forces Munich and TU Dresden in Germany, and at the Universities of Hull and Kent in the UK.
His research focuses on the representation of citizens of immigrant origin, legislative behaviour, legislative organisation, parliamentary accountability and coalition government in European democracies.
Thomas’s work has been widely published in academic journals, and he co-edited The Oxford Handbook of Legislative Studies (2014).
He has held visiting positions or fellowships in France, Sweden and Turkey, and is currently engaged with the project 'Anxieties of Democracy in Europe and North America', a network of researchers seeking to refine the research agenda on the link between social inequality, institutions and political behaviour.
In 2015, Thomas served on the Council of the German Political Science Association (DVPW). He is a Fellow of the UK Academy of Social Sciences and serves on the Advisory Board of the Italian Political Science Review. In the past he has been managing academic editor of German Politics and associate editor of the Journal of Legislative Studies.
Thomas has co-directed several workshops at our Joint Sessions; co-organised Standing Group summer schools and conferences; co-convened sections and panels at General Conferences; and organised a Research Sessions. He was a convenor of our Standing Group on Parliaments, and is local organiser of the ECPR Winter School in Methods and Techniques.
Sabine Saurugger has been a Professor of political science since 2005 and, since 2010, Research Dean at Sciences Po Grenoble where she co-directs the Master’s Programme on European Governance.
Sabine completed her PhD at Sciences Po Paris and spent 2001-2002 as an Assistant Professor at Sciences Po Lille, moving on to an associate professorship at Sciences Po Grenoble from 2002-2005.
She is an honorary member of the Institut universitaire de France (IUF) and has held visiting research and professorship positions at the College of Europe and the Universities of Cologne, Montreal, Brussels and Oxford.
Her research focuses on public policy and comparative politics. More specifically, she concentrates on interest group studies, theories of European integration, European public policies and the politics of law. Most recently, she has analysed the impact of economic and financial crises on public polices and legal frameworks.
Results of Sabine’s research have been published in journals including the European Journal of Political Research, Journal of Common Market Studies, West European Politics, Political Studies, Journal of European Public Policy and the Revue française de science politique.
In 2013, she published Theoretical Approaches to European Integration (Palgrave McMillan). More recently, her co-authored book with Fabien Terpan The Court of Justice and the Politics of Law was published by Palgrave in its European Union Series (2017).
Sabine serves on the editorial boards of the European Journal of Political Research, Interest groups and Advocacy and the Revue française de science politique.
Anna M. Sroka is Assistant Professor at the University of Warsaw. Professor Sroka completed her doctoral thesis on ‘Spanish Road to Federalism’ in the Institute of Political Science at the University of Wroclaw and her habilitation (second dissertation) on ‘Accountability in Studies on the Quality of Democracy’ (Examples of Poland and Spain) at the University of Warsaw. She is visiting professor at the National Distance Education University (UNED) in Madrid and has lectured in Berlin, Konstanz, Madrid, Barcelona and Valencia.
Professor Sroka’s main research interest is quality of democracy. In 2015 Professor Sroka was the head of the local organizing committee of Joint Sessions.