Standing Groups and Research Networks are an important and integral element of the ECPR and play a key role in delivering the mission of the organisation to its membership and wider community. The ECPR’s Groups and Networks provide a basis for the nurturing and development of all sub-fields of political science, whether broad or specialised, reflecting and helping to grow the diversity and inclusivity of the ECPR.
Standing Groups and Research Networks operate as distinct groups with their own memberships but under the auspices of the ECPR. As such, they can organise and participate in a wide range of activities that enable them to develop and grow their field of research and offering to the scholarly community, and by association enable the ECPR to extend its reach beyond both its membership and traditional boundaries.
As integral parts of the ECPR, groups and networks are formally embedded in the academic programmes of the Joint Sessions and General Conference and the editorial structure of the PRX (Political Research Exchange) journal. These formal structures allow Standing Groups and Research Networks not only to help shape the academic content of these important ECPR activities, but also to provide an outlet for research stimulated by the group and produced by its members.
Groups and networks have access to an extensive range of services and benefits to help them to develop and deliver their own activities and events. This includes: financial support; provision of banking services and advice; a full suite of event management services including use of the ECPR’s bespoke online conference registration and payment systems; publishing advice; and publicity and marketing support.
Those elected to the Steering Committees of Standing Groups and Research Networks are key personnel in the strategic delivery of the ECPR and as such are invited to attend annual meetings with the Executive Committee and ECPR staff and to use the organisation’s headquarters, Harbour House, for their own meetings or group business when in the UK.
This Framework regulates the governance and operation of Standing Groups and Research Networks. It replaces all previous versions and guidelines, including the first iteration enacted in April 2014.
1. Definition of terms.
2. Constitutional status of Standing Groups and Research Networks.
3. Establishment of Standing Groups and Research Networks.
4. Termination or merger.
7. Financial management and oversight.
8. Data Protection.
9. Intellectual Property.
10. Standing Group and Research Network events.
11. Participation in the Joint Sessions and General Conference.
14. Reporting to and liaison with the Executive Committee.
15. Implementation and Review.
Enacted 1 April 2019
"...the good of man must be the objective of the science of politics" - Aristotle