21st ECPR Standing Group Summer School Political Parties in Modern Democracies
Kris Deschouwer (VUB)
Jean-Benoit Pilet (ULB)
Emilie van Haute (ULB)
Kris Deschouwer (VUB) : Kris.Deschouwer@vub.ac.be
Jean-Benoit Pilet (ULB): firstname.lastname@example.org
Emilie van Haute (ULB) : email@example.com
Université libre de Bruxelles and Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Brussels, Belgium
Gratefully received from the Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB), the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), the FNRS and the FWO.
Students studying for research degrees (M.Phil/Ph.D.) in comparative politics, political parties or democracy. The maximum number of participants is 20 for didactic reasons.
Objectives and Requirements
The theme of the 2011 Summer School is 'Political Parties in Modern Democracies’. It will be taught by an international team of leading academics specializing in comparative studies of European politics, political parties, and democratic performance.
Our aim is to provide researchers with access to a wide range of core analytical perspectives in comparative European politics; to develop a multinational forum for researchers and senior specialists to critically discuss their research projects; and to encourage researchers to produce high-level research with strong potential for future publication.
The School consists of 2 weeks teaching, with around 70 hours class contact made up of roughly equal proportions of staff lectures, student presentations and seminar discussion. The first day of courses will consist in a crash course on Basic concepts and measurements for the analysis of parties and party systems. Group activities will also be organized.
Faculty for the 2011 School include Anne Rasmussen (Leiden), Bonnie Meguid (Rochester), Kris Deschouwer (Brussels), Emilie van Haute (Brussels), Jean-Benoit Pilet (Brussels), David Farrell (Manchester), Zsolt Enyedi (CEU, Budapest), Peter Mair (EUI Florence), Romain Lachat (Barcelona), Nonna Mayer (Paris), Petra Meier (Antwerp).
Students are required to submit a 7000-8000 word paper before the start of the School, which will then be presented at one of the Sessions. The papers will be assessed by leading academics teaching at the School, with constructive feedback provided during the Sessions.
Students must attend all Sessions, and critically discuss the paper presentations of fellow students and senior specialists. Successful participation in the School will be fully accredited (10 ECTS or equivalent).
Monday September 12
Arrival of participants / Welcome drink
Tuesday September 13
Kris Deschouwer, Jean-Benoit Pilet & Emilie van Haute
Basic concepts and measurements for the analysis of parties and party systems
Wednesday September 14
Restructuring West-European Party Systems in the Age of Globalization
Thursday September 15
Political Parties and Electoral System Change
Friday September 16
Political parties and the European Union
Visit to the European Parliament
Monday September 19
Strategies of electoral competition
Tuesday September 20
Parties and Party Systems in the New European Democracies
Wednesday September 21
Political Parties and the Representation of Gender
Thursday September 22
Political Parties and the Challenge of Right Wing Extremism
Friday September 23
Political parties and modern democracy
The program fees for students is 750€ and has to be paid within 14 days after confirmation. The fee includes accommodation, lunches, course material and the social program. Attendees will be responsible for their own transportation costs to and from Brussels. Payment of the attendance fee will confirm your participation.
Applicants must email the completed Application Form and a 500-word abstract of their proposed paper to Jean-Benoit Pilet (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Kris Deschouwer (Kris.Deschouwer@vub.ac.be) before 1 June 2011.
Applicants will be informed of the outcome by email as soon as possible. Those offered places must confirm their participation within 7-10 days by e-mail and they must pay a minimum of one third of the fees by July, 15. Without these two confirmations places may be offered to applicants on the reserve list.