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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.
Digital content from across our activities and community:
lectures, seminars and discussions available on demand or to stream via podcast channels.
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.
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One of the first activities proposed by the ECPR’s founders was a European research journal; the EJPR (European Journal of Political Research) was duly launched in 1973, edited by Arend Lijphart. Over its time the EJPR has grown to encompass the Political Data Yearbook (PDY) and has developed into one of the leading journals of the discipline.
EJPR was followed by the ECPR’s professional journal EPS (European Political Science) and then a new, general research journal to complement EJPR, the EPSR (European Political Science Review). Meanwhile, our Standing Group on International Relations had established the EJIR (European Journal of International Relations) as a leading journal in that field.
Finally, PRX (Political Research Exchange) was launched in 2019 to publish Gold Open Access content, ensuring the ECPR’s journals portfolio was reflective of the research community, and of changes in scholarly communication more broadly.
To celebrate the role our journals have played in ECPR’s success, we asked the current editorial teams to reflect on their journal’s history and development, and to select a number of articles they felt were most representative of its output to date. We left the brief open, but the editors were encouraged to consider how the focus of the journal has developed, which articles have perhaps demonstrated certain milestones, or which have been particularly important or relevant to the state of the discipline at the time – and maybe still are.
All articles below are available to read (without subscription, where applicable) throughout the anniversary year via the publishers’ platforms.
Editorial team: Isabelle Engeli, Emiliano Grossmann, Sofia Vasilopoulou
Economic grievances and political protest Thomas Kurer, Silja Häusermann, Bruno Wüest, Matthias Enggist, February 2019
Electoral competition in Europe's new tripolar political space: Class voting for the left, centre‐right and radical right Daniel Oesch, Line Rennwald, January 2018
Controlling immigration? How regulations affect migration flows Marc Helbling, David Leblang, April 2018
Party convergence and vote switching: Explaining mainstream party decline across Europe Jae‐Jae Spoon, Heike Klüver, February 2019
Editorial team: Alistair Clark, Thomas Mustillo and Maurits Meijers
Introduction to the first issue of the PDY
The current editorial team’s introduction to the 2018 data
UK Political data 2016: b/o Brexit referendum
USA Political data 2016: Trump election
Hungary political data 2010: Orban election
France 2005 data: EU constitution referendum
Editorial team: Carlos Closa, Catherine Moury and Matt Qvortrup
Taking ideas and discourse seriously: explaining change through discursive institutionalism as the fourth ‘new institutionalism Vivien A. Schmidt, March 2010
Transcending or Descending? European Integration in Times of Crisis Zoe Lefkofridi and Philippe C. Schmitter, February 2015
What unites the voter bases of populist parties? Comparing the electorates of 15 populist parties Matthijs Rooduijn, August 2018
Editorial team: Simona Guerra and Alexandra Segerberg
Whose ideas are worth spreading? The representation of women and ethnic groups in TED talks Carsten Schwemmer, Sebastian Jungkunz, September 2019
The battle of Bruges: Margaret Thatcher, the foreign office and the unravelling of British European policy Oliver Daddow Christopher Gifford & Ben Wellings, July 2019
Editorial team: Alasdair Blair, Fiona Buckley, Ekaterina Rashkova and Daniel Stockemer
Institutions for Adaptation to Climate Change: Comparing National Adaptation Strategies in Europe by Catrien Termeer, Robbert Biesbroek and Margo van de Brink, June 2011
Academic Heavy-Weights: the ‘Relevance’ of Political Science Journals Thomas Plümper, February 2007
Implementing Problem-Based Learning in Politics John Craig and Sarah Hale, May 2008
Immigration Policies in Comparison (IMPIC) dataset Helbling et al, 2017
Editorial team: Geoffrey Underhill, Ursula Daxecker, Annette Freyberg-Inan, Lee Seymour and Darshan Vigneswaran
Mainstreaming Gender in Global Governance Emilie Hafner-Burton, Mark A Pollack, September 2002
Reconstituting the Global Political Domain: Issues, Actors and Practices John Gerard Ruggie, December 2004
Making Sense of Global Civil Society Jens Bartelson, September 2006
Agents or Trustees? International Courts in Their Political Context Karen J. Alter, March 2008
Theory is dead, long live theory: The End of the Great Debates and the rise of eclecticism in IR David Lake, September 2013
EJIR articles selected by Mary Farrell and Maurizio Carbone, ECPR Executive Committee