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We are the leading scholarly society concerned with the research and teaching of political science in Europe, headquartered in the UK with a global membership.
Our groups and networks are pushing the boundaries of specialist sub-fields of political science, helping to nurture diversity and inclusivity across the discipline.
This unique event has helped tens of thousands of scholars over nearly five decades hone research, grow networks and secure publishing contracts.
An engaging platform for discussion, debate and thinking; Europe's largest annual gathering of political scientists from across the globe.
A comprehensive programme of cutting-edge qualitative and quantitative methodological training delivered by experts across two annual events.
Inspired by Harbour House, our HQ which provides a literal and metaphorical ‘home’ for the ECPR family, this lecture series seeks to open doors to some of the most pressing issues and challenges in the discipline.
Our Standing Groups organise a range of annual events, including summer schools, conferences and workshops, open to all.
Our highly regarded peer-reviewed journals, produced in partnership with the world's leading academic publishers, share the best scholarly thinking.
Through our imprint ECPR Press and via the OUP Comparative Politics book series, we publish research by, and for the political science community.
Sharp analyses of topical news from a political science perspective, research summaries and the latest expert thinking.
Digital content from across our activities and community:
lectures, seminars and discussions available on demand or to stream via podcast channels.
Our members are universities across the globe and the scholars who work and study within them; membership benefits both the individual and the institution.
We have a range of funding schemes to help progress individual careers and to support the wider development of the discipline.
From distinguished scholars to exceptional PhD students, our prizes recognise service and achievement across the profession.
Groups and Networks
Joint Sessions of Workshops
The House Lectures
Established 2008 - Number of members: 144
The relational approach to the study of political phenomena has known over time an increased popularity. The Standing Group on Political Networks is aimed at pushing forward the application of network perspectives and tools to enhance our understanding of a broad range of political dynamics characterizing contemporary societies - from social movements to individual political behaviors to the use of ICTs as a tool for democratic participation. To reach its aim, the Standing Group regularly organizes dissemination events and panels at both the ECPR general conference and session of workshops as well as in other conferences and venues. Moreover, the Political Networks SG is actively engaged in the effort of fostering continuous methodological innovation and novel multidisciplinary applications of networks at the crossroads between political science, sociology, communications, economics, antropology and graph theories. It welcomes scholars and young researchers from different disciplines and fields sharing passion and interest for networks (membership requests can be sent at email@example.com). Updates on the Standing Group activities are available on Twitter (@politicalnets
The Standing Group plans to aid development of the field through: