ECPR Executive Committee elections 2015

Executive Committee

At the heart of the ECPR’s activities and decision-making lies the Executive Committee (EC) a 12-member board of trustees that has overarching responsibility for the long term strategic development of the ECPR. Executive Committee members are elected for six-year terms, and these are staggered, with elections occurring every three years when roughly half of the Committee is replaced. The Chair of the Executive Committee is elected by the EC itself every three years from those members who have served for three years and therefore have the experience working for the ECPR to take on the job.

Members of the EC are highly respected professionals within the discipline, eager to contribute their ideas, time and energy to developing European political science. The EC is not an honorary post. It comes with work, responsibility and travel. But it is also an important distinction to be part of Europe’s premier political science organisation with all of the internationalism, professionalism and dynamism the ECPR has come to stand for.

Service on the EC means taking on responsibility for one of the ECPR’s five different portfolios (Organization [membership, gender, Standing Groups]; General Conference; Joint and Research Sessions; New Generation [Methods Schools, Graduate Students Network and Conference], and Publications). It is an opportunity to put your mark on how these activities are run and how they can be improved, working closely with both the ECPR’s Director, Prof. Martin Bull, as well as a portfolio pairing at the Central Services. The new Chair allocates the portfolios after discussions with all members. Meetings of the EC generally take place two-three times a year, at the ECPR’s major academic events – the Joint Sessions and the General Conference.

Throughout its history, the ECPR has strived to maintain both a gender and regional balance within its Executive Committee. Women and candidates from all regions of Europe are encouraged to run.

The members of the Executive Committee whose terms are due to expire are:
Simona Piattoni, University of Trento, Italy
André Kaiser, Universitat zu Koln, Germany
Niilo Kauppi, Institut d’études politiques, Strasbourg, France
Manuel Sánchez de Dios, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain
Jonas Tallberg, Stockholms Universitet, Sweden

The members of the Executive Committee who were co-opted to vacancies that occurred after the elections of 2012 are:
Mary Farrell, Plymouth University, UK
Birgit Sauer, University of Vienna, Austria

The Members of the Executive Committee whose term has not expired, and who will continue to serve on the Executive Committee are:
Rudy Andeweg, Universiteit Leiden, Netherlands
Klaus Goetz, Ludwig-Maximilians Universität München, Germany
Olafur Þ Harðarson, University of Iceland, Iceland
Richard Katz, Johns Hopkins University, USA
Luca Verzichelli, Università degli Studi di Siena, Italy

This means that 7 members of the Executive Committee must be elected.

The Chair of the Executive Committee for the 2015-18 period will be Prof. Rudy Andeweg, who was elected as ‘Chair–designate’ at Glasgow, September 2014, and who is currently working with the current Chair, Prof. Simona Piattoni, on the process of transition between them which will occur at the Joint Sessions at Warsaw 29 March – 2 April 2015.

Procedures and timeframe

The procedure for electing members of the ECPR Executive Committee will involve three successive stages: nominations, endorsements and final voting. Each stage is organised electronically via the MyECPR area on the website. Those wishing to take part therefore must have a MyECPR account – this takes only a few minutes to set up here.

1. Nominations
Any individual from any Full ECPR Member institution* can nominate themselves to stand for election to the EC. This stage of the process opens on the 15 October and closes on the 15 November 2014.

2. Endorsements
To go through to the final ballot a nomination must be endorsed by at least five ECPR Official Representatives from Full Member institutions. The endorsement period opens on the 1 December 2014 and closes on the 1 January 2015.

3. Ballot
Those receiving sufficient endorsements will go through to the final ballot where Official Representatives from Full ECPR Member institutions will be invited to vote. This process will open on the 15 January and close on the 15 February 2015. The votes are counted and final seats allocated based on the Single Transferable Vote System (Scottish variant).

Results The results will be announced on the ECPR website once they have been certified by the Returning Officer and all Candidates informed. The new EC will have its first meeting during the Joint Sessions in Warsaw (29 March - 2 April 2015).

A full guide to the procedures and deadlines for each stage can be viewed here.
* Please see the guidelines document for eligibility criteria

Is your institution a member?

Please note, only individuals from Full ECPR Member institutions may nominate themselves for the Executive Committee and may vote in the final ballot. Please see the current membership list to check your university’s status. Associate Members that have six years’ consecutive membership can apply to upgrade to Full Member status, which will then afford them full voting and standing rights; please contact for more information about this option.

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What is an OR?

Membership of the ECPR is institutional; therefore each member institution must select an individual to act as the ‘Official Representative’ (OR) to the ECPR. This role of the OR is to represent their institution’s interests to the ECPR, and vice versa, to ensure their university and all those within it, get the most out of their membership. For more information, or to find out who the Official Representative is for your institution, please contact the ECPR Central Services (

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Contact for more info / queries

For more information about the electoral process etc, please contact the ECPR Central Services in the first instance ( Alternatively, for a firsthand account of life on the ECPR’s EC please feel free to contact any of the current members – contact details can be found here.

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