IPSA Newsletter - February 2021

Due to the worsening of the COVID-19 pandemic, persistent travel restrictions and the uneven and challenging vaccination rollout process worldwide, the IPSA Executive Committee (EC) took the difficult decision to transition to a fully Virtual Congress in 2021.
IPSA’s primary concern is to guarantee the health and well-being of our delegates, exhibitors and local partners. Going virtual will ensure a safer, even more engaging and inclusive Congress experience for everyone. Despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, IPSA’s mission to create an inclusive and global political science community and promote collaboration between scholars remains the same.
The revised procedures and timelines for the 2021 Virtual IPSA World Congress to be held on 10-15 July 2021 are now available on the Congress website.
The main theme of the Congress, New Nationalisms in an Open World, will not change. All accepted papers and panels remain in the 2021 Congress program. All sessions, meetings, and exhibitions will take place in virtual rooms. Therefore, we encourage all our delegates to keep their papers and panels in the program.
Additional Congress Day
An additional day will be added to the initial Congress dates to accommodate a large number of panels in the most optimal way to cover different time zones. The revised dates of the 26th IPSA World Congress are 10-15 July 2021.
Reduced Registration Fees
In recognition of the economic hardships due to the COVID-19 pandemic and to encourage as much international participation as possible, IPSA is offering a reduced registration fee. However, it is essential to acknowledge that the reduction of registration fees is not that virtual events are less expensive and easier to run. The additional costs and the loss of local sponsorships have made a virtual World Congress as expensive as an onsite event. Members may also choose to donate the reduction in solidarity.
Please visit the Registration page to see the revised fees.
Due to the transition process, registration is suspended temporarily and will reopen on 18 February 2021. To confirm your attendance at the 2021 Congress, you may proceed to registration as of 18 February 2021. Please note that all Congress participants must be individual members of IPSA to register for the IPSA World Congress.
For more information please visit the Virtual Congress page which will be updated regularly.
IPSA is pleased to announce the creation of a new research committee, RC04 - Visual Politics, covering the themes of visually engaged scholarship in political science and related disciplines.
The new RC will be launched during a roundtable on Decolonizing Visual Politics and IR presented at the Virtual 2021 IPSA World Congress. Feel free to join!
To find out more about RC04, please visit the website. We look forward to collaborating with other IPSA RCs as well, so please don’t hesitate to contact us.
If you wish to be added to the mailing list or join RC04 activities, or if you have any questions about the Research Committee 04, please contact the Chair, Julie Patarin-Jossec, at patarinjossec.julie@gmail.com
The International Association for Political Science Students (IAPSS) is launching the Call for Abstracts for its virtual World Congress. IAPSS welcomes abstracts from undergraduate, graduate and Ph.D. students as well as junior scholars from different academic perspectives. Topics include comparative politics, international relations, international political economy, political theory, security studies, public policy and administration, regional and area studies, political psychology and behavior studies, and international law.
Please send your abstract, totaling no more than 250 words, through the online form here. This form should include the name of the author(s), the title of the paper, keywords, home university, and email address(es).
Full papers should be submitted via the available online form below by May 1, 2021. If the form does not appear on this page, please login to your IAPSS website account or purchase an IAPSS membership.
The latest issue of the International Political Science Review (IPSR) for January 2021 has been published. IPSA members can access the full IPSR archive from 1980 to the present through their My IPSA menu.
To read full articles, become an IPSA member or subscribe to this publication
Articles Featured in the January 2021 Issue (Volume 42, Number 1):
Special Issue: The Politics of Climate Change
Guest Editors: Jale Tosun and B Guy Peters
Special Issue Introduction
The politics of climate change: Domestic and international responses to a global challenge
Jale Tosun and B. Guy Peters
Special Issue Articles
Party competition on climate policy: The roles of interest groups, ideology and challenger parties in the UK and Ireland
Neil Carter and Conor Little
Policy styles, opportunity structures and proportionality: Comparing renewable electricity policies in the UK
Merethe Dotterud Leiren, Tor Håkon Jackson Inderberg and Tim Rayner
The politics of climate change in a neo-developmental state: The case of South Korea
Thomas Kalinowski
Policy implications of climate change denial: Content analysis of Russian national and regional news media
Dmitry Yagodin
Policy opinion in policy contexts. A comparative analysis of domestic energy policies and individual policies and individual policy preferences in Europe
Isabelle Stadelmann-Steffen and Christina Eder
National interests and coalition positions on climate change: A text-based analysis
Paula Castro
The Clean Energy Ministerial: Motivation for and policy consequences of membership
Jale Tosun and Adrian Rinscheid
Capacity building for proportionate climate policy: Lessons from India and South Africa
Prabhat Upadhyaya, Manish Kumar Shrivastava, Ganesh Gorti and Saliem Fakir
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