Featured Panels

Democracy and the Cartelization of Political Parties: Responses and Reflections
The 'Plan S' Debate: What does Open Access mean for Political Science?
RLI and ECPR Press, Absorbing the Blow: Populist Parties and their Impact on Parties and Party Systems
The Future of Europe: 30 Years After the Fall of the Berlin Wall. A Debate on the Role of East European Countries in the EU – then, now, and in the future
Facing the Spectre of Populism: Innovations for Enhancing Recursive Representation (A Participedia Panel)


Democracy and the Cartelization of Political Parties: Responses and Reflections

This Panel marks the recent publication of Democracy and the Cartelization of Political Parties by Richard Katz and Peter Mair, the first book-length treatment of their argument about the changing roles of political parties in contemporary politics. Panellists will respond to various aspects of the Cartel Party argument as presented in this book, reflecting on past research on the Cartel Party theme, and on ways in which the new book might inspire future research.

Date and time Wednesday 4 September, 15:00–16:40

Location Building D (Law Faculty), Lecture Hall 2

Chair / Discussant Susan Scarrow University of Houston

Co-Chair Emilie Van Haute Université Libre de Bruxelles

Speakers

  • Richard Katz Johns Hopkins University
    Cartelization of Political Parties and the Art of Diagnosis
  • Anika Gauja University of Sydney
    Policy Making in the Cartel Party
  • Thomas Poguntke Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf
    The Cartel Party and Intra-Party Democracy
  • Ingrid van Biezen Departments of Political Science and Public Administration, Universiteit Leiden
    The Cartel Party and Party Finance

Political Research Exchange

 

The 'Plan S' Debate: What does Open Access mean for Political Science?

Sponsored by the journal Political Research Exchange (PRX)

Recent moves by funding bodies towards mandating Open Access to research, exemplified by 'Plan S', are making it ever more essential for scholars in the political sciences to engage with, and understand, the diversity of publishing options available to them. 

Alongside potential benefits of increased visibility and availability, mandatory OA has been criticised for potential negative impacts it may have on scholarly societies, academic freedom, and equality and diversity, especially for independent scholars and researchers in the Global South. This panel brings together a variety of perspectives in a roundtable format, to encourage open discussion and debate. 

Date and time Thursday 5 September, 11:00–12:40

Location Building D (Law Faculty), Lecture Hall 2

Chair Caroline Sutton Director of Editorial Development at Taylor & Francis

Speakers

  • Martin Bull University of Salford, outgoing ECPR Director
  • Claire Dunlop University of Exeter, and UK Political Studies Association Trustee
  • Peter Kennealy Information Specialist, Political and Social Sciences, European University Institute Library
  • Aneta Pazik Coordinator for Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, National Science Centre

ECPR Press and RLI

 

Absorbing the Blow: Populist Parties and their Impact on Parties and Party Systems

Sponsored by Rowman & Littlefield International and ECPR Press

Absorbing the Blow: Populist Parties and their Impact on Parties and Party Systems Zaslove and WolinetzIt is now a cliché to say that populist parties are successful. However, it also a truism. Populist parties are present in most party systems across Europe. Their success begs the question: What has the effect of populist parties been on party systems? Have party systems been forced to react to their presence? For example, populist parties may alter the manner in which non-populist parties compete. Or the presence of populist parties may lead to a more fragmented or polarised party system. These are some of the questions addressed in the multi-authored volume Absorbing the Blow.

More specifically, this edited collection examines the effect of populist parties on eleven European party systems. The results are mixed. The book finds that impact often depends on the influence that populist parties have had on mainstream political parties – those that hitherto dominated party competition. In some instances, populist parties reinforce existing patterns of competition and government formation. Party systems that were bipolar continue to be bipolar. In others change occurs, either because populist parties make it difficult for mainstream parties to form coalitions that were hitherto possible, or because their presence allows mainstream parties to form coalitions that were not previously conceivable. This collection seeks to analyse the way in which mainstream parties absorb the blow of populist party activity, and concludes that populist parties are one of several factors contributing to changes in party systems.

Using this edited collection as a starting point, first, the Panel will present the book’s framework for assessing the impact of populist parties on party systems and party system change. Second, the Panel will allow several of the book's contributors to reflect and update on the conclusions from their chapters, and from the book. In sum, the Panel will assess the influence that populist parties have had on contemporary European party systems.  

Date and time Friday 6 September, 09:00–10:40

Location Building D (Law Faculty), Lecture Hall 2

Chair Dhara Snowden Rowman & Littlefield International

Co-Chairs 
Andrej Zaslove
 Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen
Steven Wolinetz Memorial University of Newfoundland

Discussant Stijn van Kessel Queen Mary, University of London

Speakers

  • Gilles Ivaldi Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique
  • Reinhard Heinisch Universität Salzburg
  • Simona Guerra University of Leicester
  • Fernando Casal Bértoa University of Nottingham
  • Steven Wolinetz Memorial University of Newfoundland

European Political Science (Palgrave)The Future of Europe 30 Years After the Fall of the Berlin Wall:
EPS Debate on the Role of East European Countries in the EU – then, now, and in the future

Sponsored by the journal European Political Science

Given recent developments in East and Western Europe, the European Parliament election this spring, and the 30-year anniversary of the fall of the communist regime, it is imperative we look at the effect that East European member states have had, and continue to have, on the European Union.

As political developments in certain East European countries resonate with a number of rightwing political parties in Western Europe, the connection between the 'state' of illiberalism, the refugee crisis, and other pressing political issues, such as Brexit, raise questions about the future of Europe.

In this Panel, four renowned scholars whose research touches upon various related topics will discuss the role of East European countries in the EU. We will discuss voting behaviour, EU enlargement, and the impact of European integration on national politics, in terms of public attitudes and party politics, including the emergence and development of Eurosceptic discourses.

Date and time Friday 6 September, 11:00–12:40

Location Building D (Law Faculty), Lecture Hall 2

Chair and Discussant Ekaterina Rashkova University of Utrecht

Speakers

  • Gabor Toka Central European University
  • Aleks Szczerbiak University of Sussex
  • Vit Hlousek Masaryk University
  • Lenka Bustikova-Siroky Arizona State University

Facing the Spectre of Populism: Innovations for Enhancing Recursive Representation (A Participedia Panel)

Sponsored by Participedia, a global network sharing knowledge about participatory engagement and democratic innovation.

In the face of democratic deficits many citizens feel they are not being heard — creating fertile ground for the rise of populist politicians who promise to change the status quo. In this panel, Jane Mansbridge suggests it is time to do away with older concepts of representation. Mansbridge offers the concept of recursive representation, an iterative process where both representatives and constituents take in what the other is saying, update, revise, and respond to one another. This panel also clarifies what kind of democratic innovations can enhance the capacities of citizens to enter the democratic process on an equal basis with their representatives and educate their elected representatives about their preferences. James Fishkin and Graham Smith offer examples of democratic innovations that promote recursive representation in representative systems.

Date and time Saturday 7 September, 09:00–10:40

Location Building C (Law Faculty), Amf A

Chair and Discussant Edana Beauvais McGill University
Co-Chair Matthew Ryan University of Southampton

Speakers

  • Sophie Devillers Université catholique de Louvain
    Democratic Panacea or Trojan Horse? Should Elected Representatives Take Part in Deliberative Democracy?
  • James Fishkin Stanford University
    Deliberative Polling within Deliberative Systems: Pathways for Reform
  • Jane Mansbridge Harvard University
    Recursive Representation in the Shadow of Populism
  • Graham Smith University of Westminster
    Recursive Representation and Democratic Innovation


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