Number of members: 177
Political concepts have a key role in and for political science: they serve in describing, analysing, explaining, and understanding its research objects. Concepts first function as analytical categories. It is a key insight of conceptual history that political concepts are not stable, but they are themselves controversial and an object of politics. They change continuously, and such conceptual changes often relate to political processes themselves: Conceptual change often is a pivot for political and social changes. The new Standing Group will focus on the role of political concepts in political science in all possible respects, namely in their function both as analytical categories and as objects of political controversies. Such an approach is important for nearly all the sub-disciplines of political science. The Standing Group will therefore be open to political scientists from all sub-disciplines sharing a focal interest in the role of political concepts.
The aim is to create a stable setting for Conceptual Research within the ECPR as the European Consortium for Political Research. Based on the previous activities and in particular the two Sections in Bordeaux and Glasgow we aim at creating a broad network of political scientists whose work is related to the role of political concepts and/or the issues of conceptual change. We therefore want both to build on the previous activities and broaden their focus, to create an institutional setting for intellectual exchange and networking on the topic of political concepts within the framework of the ECPR. The aim of this Standing Group is to unite researchers from all political science sub-disciplines and neighbouring disciplines working on political concepts and/or conceptual change and its politics, to
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