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Political Parties

Standing Group

Number of members: 605

Steering Committee Chair

  • Nicole Bolleyer (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München – LMU)

Steering Committee

  • Anika Gauja (University of Sydney)
  • Şebnem Yardımcı-Geyikçi (Hacettepe University)
  • Kristina Weissenbach (University of Duisburg-Essen)
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The Standing Group on Political Parties is one of the ECPR’s oldest Standing Groups. It seeks to facilitate communication among scholars studying this centrally important democratic institution and to inform the wider community of its members’ scholarly work.

Aims & Objectives

To maintain a register of its members

To bring people with related interests together on a regular but informal basis

To facilitate communication among members

To provide links to web-based sources likely to be of interest to members

To provide a forum to co-ordinate proposals for Joint Sessions Workshops and General Conference Sections

To serve as a catalyst for developing joint research proposals

To support an annual multinational PhD Summer School on Political Parties

To inform the wider community of members' scholarly work


The Standing Group’s main activities are the coordination of workshops at the ECPR Joint Sessions and sections/panels at the ECPR General Conferences, as well as the support of an annual international PhD Summer School.


The Steering Committee of the Standing Group on Political Parties will comprise of no fewer than three, but no more than six members, elected from the group members.