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Kantian Political Thought

Standing Group

Number of members: 99


  • Sorin Baiasu (Keele University)
  • Howard Williams (Cardiff University)
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The Kantian Political Thought Standing Group (KSG) is an international network of academics that acknowledge the increasing importance of Kantian approaches today. Their research aims both to understand better the works of Kant and Kantian theorists, and to examine the various attempts to criticise and overcome the Kantian tradition. A distinctive feature of the KSG is a broad focus going beyond political theory and examining issues in ethics, epistemology, legal theory, anthropology, aesthetics, philosophy of religion and of history, as well as in other empirical disciplines and social sciences, in order to offer theoretical and practical answers to current political problems. Several topics of interest for the current members of the network, such as the issue of normativity, justification and application, relationship between metaphysics and practical philosophy and between epistemology and political philosophy, are becoming central questions for current debates within Kantian studies and moral and political philosophy more generally. The KSG aims to explore further these issues and to encourage the introduction and discussion of new topics and debates.




1. The Kantian Political Thought ECPR Standing Group aims to contribute to the further development of teaching and scholarly research within the field outlined in the application for Standing Group status.


2. In addition to scholars affiliated to an ECPR member-institution who automatically become members of the Standing Group if they register as such through MyECPR (no membership dues are required), others who may apply for membership can be admitted (no membership dues are required) by the Standing Group Steering Committee if they show an active interest in scholarly study in the Standing Group’s field. Such membership becomes effective as soon as the Steering Committee informs ECPR Central Services of its decision. 


3. The Standing Group is governed by a Steering Committee consisting of three members elected by and from the Standing Group members for a period of three years, renewable.

4. At least half a year before the Steering Committee’s term of office expires, it invites candidates from among the Standing Group members to nominate themselves within one month. If after that deadline fewer than three candidates and/or fewer than two candidates affiliated to ECPR member institutions have nominated themselves, the nomination period is extended for another month.

5. If only three candidates have nominated themselves, including at least two candidates affiliated to ECPR member institutions, they are declared elected.

6. If more than three candidates have nominated themselves, but only two candidates affiliated to ECPR member institutions, the latter two candidates are declared elected; elections will be held only to assign the remaining seat on the Steering Committee to one of the candidates not yet declared elected.

7. If sufficient candidates have nominated themselves to have elections for all or part of the seats, the Steering Committee notifies ECPR Central Services within a month after nominations have closed of the names of the candidates, and of the number of seats to be filled.

8. ECPR Central Services will notify all Standing Group members of the period within and manner by which they can cast their vote.

9. The electoral system is STV as used for ECPR Executive Committee elections.

10. If all three seats on the Steering Committee are to be filled, and the candidates who meet the electoral quota do not include at least two candidates affiliated to ECPR member institutions, the non-affiliated candidate meeting the electoral quota with the lowest number of votes is removed. This procedure is repeated until at least two candidates affiliated to ECPR member institutions are elected.

11. At its first meeting, the newly elected Steering Committee elects its own Convenor, Secretary, and Treasurer. The Convenor and Treasurer are affiliated to ECPR member institutions. The newly elected Convenor immediately notifies ECPR Central Services of the names and functions of the new Steering Committee.
12. Annually a business meeting is held to which the Steering Committee invites all Standing Group members. The business meeting is held during the ECPR General Conference or, if applicable, during the Standing Group’s main conference in a given year.

13. This Constitution can be amended by a two-thirds majority of Standing Group members voting in an electronic ballot, provided at least thirty percent of Standing Group members cast a vote.

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