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Political Methodology

Standing Group

Number of members: 330


  • Bernd Schlipphak (Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster)
  • Theofanis Exadaktylos (University of Surrey)
  • Johan A. Elkink (University College Dublin)
  • Kathrin Thomas (University of Aberdeen)

Steering Committee

  • Lea Sgier (University of Geneva)
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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.

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