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ECPR Council

The Loop: ECPR's political science blog

Speaker of Council Election 2022

Our Council is made up of Official Representatives of ECPR Member institutions, who play a crucial role in the organisation’s governance. It is chaired by our Speaker of Council, who serves a three-year term.

Thomas Poguntke was re-elected as the ECPR Speaker of Council for his second three-year term, which commenced 1 May 2022.

In his role, Thomas will oversee the work of the ECPR Council, made up of one Official Representative from each of our Member institutions.

The election process took place in two consecutive stages, as outlined below.

Nomination Stage

1 December 2021 – 2 January 2022

One nomination was received from Thomas Poguntke. It was agreed to proceed to the endorsement stage, but that the ballot would not be necessary if sufficient endorsements were received.

Endorsement Stage

17 January 2022 – 13 February 2022

48 endorsements from Full Member Official Representatives were received in total.

Endorsements received by gender
  • Male: 34
  • Female: 11
  • Unspecified: 3
Endorsements received by country
  • Australia: 1
  • Austria: 2
  • Belgium: 6
  • Cyprus: 1
  • Germany: 15
  • Hungary: 1
  • Israel: 1
  • Italy: 4
  • Netherlands: 2
  • Norway: 1
  • Romania: 1
  • Spain: 3
  • Sweden: 2
  • Switzerland: 1
  • United Kingdom: 6
  • United States: 1

Final Voting

As a sufficient number of endorsements was received, the ballot stage was bypassed.


While any affiliate of a Full ECPR Member institution was able to nominate themselves for election as Speaker of Council, the successful candidate must have been the Official Representative (OR) for their institution at the time of taking office.

If a candidate was not already an OR, at the time of making their nomination they were requested to provide confirmation from their institution and incumbent OR if applicable, that they were taking on the role upon election.