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We are the leading scholarly society concerned with the research and teaching of political science in Europe, headquartered in the UK with a global membership.
Our groups and networks are pushing the boundaries of specialist sub-fields of political science, helping to nurture diversity and inclusivity across the discipline.
This unique event has helped tens of thousands of scholars over nearly five decades hone research, grow networks and secure publishing contracts.
An engaging platform for discussion, debate and thinking; Europe's largest annual gathering of political scientists from across the globe.
A comprehensive programme of cutting-edge qualitative and quantitative methodological training delivered by experts across two annual events.
Inspired by Harbour House, our HQ which provides a literal and metaphorical ‘home’ for the ECPR family, this lecture series seeks to open doors to some of the most pressing issues and challenges in the discipline.
Our Standing Groups organise a range of annual events, including summer schools, conferences and workshops, open to all.
Our highly regarded peer-reviewed journals, produced in partnership with the world's leading academic publishers, share the best scholarly thinking.
Through our imprint ECPR Press and via the OUP Comparative Politics book series, we publish research by, and for the political science community.
Sharp analyses of topical news from a political science perspective, research summaries and the latest expert thinking.
Digital content from across our activities and community:
lectures, seminars and discussions available on demand or to stream via podcast channels.
Our members are universities across the globe and the scholars who work and study within them; membership benefits both the individual and the institution.
We have a range of funding schemes to help progress individual careers and to support the wider development of the discipline.
From distinguished scholars to exceptional PhD students, our prizes recognise service and achievement across the profession.
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The House Lectures
International Political Theory
Established 2007 - Number of members: 196
International Political Theory (IPT) encompasses, broadly, the field of political theory and philosophy as it pertains to the study of global, international and transnational relations. Open to various theoretical perspectives and methodologies, this field studies questions concerning the philosophical and normative grounding, as well as the ideational history and political development, of global, international and transnational agents, institutions, structures and practices. Themes include the rights and duties of individuals and groups in a transnational context; the concept of human rights; the moral standing, rights and duties of states in international society; state sovereignty; the self-determination of peoples; international law; global distributive justice; migration; just war and the ethics of the use of force across borders; historical injustice in international and transnational relations; and principles of environmental justice. The Standing Group aims to have a dedicated IPT Section at every ECPR General Conference, and provide guidance and support to members bidding for ECPR Joint Sessions of Workshops or Research Sessions proposals.
The IPT Standing Group aims to: