The European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) is a membership association for scholarly institutions, their staff and students, engaged in teaching
and research of political science and its related disciplines worldwide.
The core purpose of the ECPR is to advance the field of political science, by bringing academics together from across the world to share ideas, publish
research and grow networks.
An institutional association, the ECPR’s membership is comprised of over 300 of the world’s leading academic institutions concerned with teaching and
researching political and social science. From this membership stems a network of over 14,000 individuals from these institutions; all of whom benefit from
ECPR membership; from Master’s level student to Emeritus Professor.
For the institutions that join, ECPR membership provides vital professional support for their staff and students, helping them progress through the
profession and become leaders in their field. This is done in a number of ways:
The renowned ECPR Methods School (Winter- and Summer Schools) provides high quality training in cutting edge research methods; critical to
creating the solid foundations necessary for producing sound research.
From the ECPR’s Graduate Student Conference that provides an all-important first experience of presenting a Paper at a high profile international
event, to the unique format of the Joint Sessions of Workshops and smaller Research Sessions and the premier annual political science event in
Europe – the General Conference…, attending an ECPR event provides a platform to share research and ideas and progress careers.
Highly cited journals and trailblazing books are a high profile and tangible output from the ECPR’s networks and events. The ECPR has three
leading journals, including one dedicated to the profession, two book series and its own publishing imprint, the ECPR Press.
Over 14,000 individuals from more than 300 institutions in some 44 countries worldwide – ECPR has the largest network of political scientists in
the world. Members can access these networks through events and publications but more formally also through joining (or convening) a Standing Group –
formalised research networks that cover the full spectrum of sub-fields.
The ECPR operates two membership types: Full Member and Associate Member. Full Membership is open to those institutions based in the UK and Europe;
Associate Membership is open to those outside of these regions. Please see the Constitution and current Membership Fees for more information.
Institutional membership of the ECPR entitles staff and students within that institution to the following benefits:
For more information about any of the ECPR’s membership benefits follow the links in the table above, or see our short Membership Presentation video
ECPR membership is institutional (department, institute, college, university), and its benefits are enjoyed by individuals affiliated with that institution. Membership subscription rates for the current year can be found here. To join the ECPR and become a part of a wider political science network, contact the
membership department (firstname.lastname@example.org) for further details.
Each member institution must nominate an Official Representative (OR) who will be the key contact person for the ECPR and for individuals affiliated to the
institution. The OR’s role is to disseminate information to individuals about ECPR activities and be responsible for ECPR membership. ORs from Full member
institutions will become part of the ECPR Council.
"Aristocracies … may preserve themselves longest, but only democracies, which refresh their ruling class, can expand" - Hugh Trevor-Roper