Participation and Mobilisation
Number of members: 302
The ECPR Standing Group on Participation and Mobilisation gives room to a broad set of research questions related to participation in politics, processes of organising political demands and interactions between active citizens and their organisations on the one hand and targets of their efforts and other affected groups on the other. Scholars affiliated to the Standing Group represent different theoretical and methodological perspectives, conduct both quantitative to qualitative investigations and use mixed-methods approaches. We build an active network of researchers who present their research on diverse empirical and methodological aspects of participation and mobilisation.
Constitution for the ECPR Standing Group on Participation and Mobilisation
1. The ECPR Standing Group on Participation and Mobilisation aims to contribute to enhancing the quality of research in the field of citizen engagement in politics broadly-conceived. It gives room to a broad set of research questions related to participation in politics, processes of organizing political demands and interactions between active citizens and their organizations on the one hand and targets of their efforts and other affected groups on the other. The Standing group offers scholars with different theoretical and methodological perspectives a venue to discuss and further their research. We build an active network of researchers and communicate together through our mailing list, website and by working together in scientific workshops, conferences, and summer schools.
2. In addition to scholars affiliated to an ECPR member-institution, who can become
members of the Standing Group if they register through MyECPR (subject to receipt of
membership dues if required), others may apply for membership and can be admitted
by the Standing Group Steering Committee if they show an active interest in the
scholarly study of citizen engagement in politics broadly-conceived. Such membership becomes effective as soon as the Steering Committee informs ECPR Central Services of its decision.
3. There is no membership fee, but members are encouraged to make voluntary donations to the Standing Group to help fund its core activities.
4. The Standing Group is governed by a Steering Committee consisting of six members elected by and from the Standing Group members for a period of two years; reelection is possible.
5. 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 to for the Steering Committee posts. This rule also applies to Steering Committee members seeking reelection. If after that deadline for nominations 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.
6. If only six candidates have nominated themselves, including at least five candidates affiliated to ECPR member institutions, they are declared elected.
7. If more than six candidates have nominated themselves, but only four candidates affiliated to ECPR member institutions, they are declared elected; elections will be held only to assign the remaining two seats on the Steering Committee.
8. The Convener and Vice-Convener of the Standing Group are chosen from among the elected candidates for the Steering Committee.
9. 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.
10. ECPR Central Services will notify all Standing Group members of the period within and manner by which they can cast their vote.
11. The electoral system is Single Transferable Vote (STV) as used for ECPR Executive Committee elections.
12. If all six seats on the Steering Committee are to be filled, and the candidates who
meet the electoral quota do not include at least four candidates affiliated to ECPR
member institutions, the non-affiliated candidates meeting the electoral quota with the
lowest number of votes is removed. This procedure is repeated until at least four candidates affiliated to ECPR member institutions are elected.
12. At its first meeting, which can take place at an ECPR event or digitally, the newly elected Steering Committee elects its own Convener, vice-Convener, Secretary, and Treasurer. The Convener and Treasurer are affiliated to ECPR member institutions. The newly elected Convener immediately notifies ECPR Central Services of the names and functions of the new Steering Committee.
13. Annually, a business meeting is held to which the Steering Committee invites all
Standing Group members. The business meeting is normally held during the ECPR
General Conference. If the ECPR General Conference does not take place in Europe in a given year, the meeting in that year may be held on another occasion than the ECPR General Conference.
14. This Constitution can be amended by a two-thirds majority of Standing Group
members voting in an electronic ballot.
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