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Political Methodology

Standing Group

Number of members: 561

Steering Committee Chair

  • Theofanis Exadaktylos (University of Surrey)

Steering Committee

  • Theodore Chadjipadelis (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki) Co-Chair
  • Iris Reus (University of Bamberg) Co-Chair
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The Standing Group provides a venue for methodological discussions among European political scientists and interested scholars and students from adjoining disciplines. The Group circulates information about new tools and approaches to studying political phenomena, promotes and facilitates cooperation on various methodological issues, broadly defined, and provides an organisational basis for supporting new initiatives in political methodology.

Aims & Objectives

The Standing Group on Political Methodology aims at fostering and preserving quality, diversity and dialogue in the study of politics. It is based on a broad and encompassing view on methods and methodology, at all stages of the research process. We aim to:

  • facilitate cooperation and new initiatives in political methodology;
  • promote new methods and techniques;
  • promote awareness of the diversity of methods in European political and social sciences;
  • create bridges across quantitative and qualitative approaches.

The Standing Group promotes collaboration with sections of other political science associations and ECPR Standing Groups, as well as the ECPR Methods School to create an open forum of dialogue.


Byelaws in addition to the Standing Group Framework

  • Prior to the elections of the new Steering Committee of the SGPM, the standing Steering Committee issues the call for applications that indicates the number of positions in the new SC. That number may range from a minimum of 3 to a maximum of 7 positions.
  • In addition to the ECPR SG Framework, chapter 6.1., the position of the Chair of the SGPM Steering Committee is rotating annually among the members of the SC. To ensure continuity, the Chair of a given year acts as the Co-Chair supporting the new Chair in the following year. Each new SGPM Steering Committee is free to decide upon the actual implementation of the rotation