Related Group Calls

Related Group Calls for Proposal

Find the Calls for Proposals for the 2019 Annual Meeting from all of our Related Groups below. To view a group’s Call for Proposal, click on the title of the group and the call will appear below the group title.

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Michael Gusmano, The Hastings Center

The theme for this year’s meeting of the American Political Science Association is “Populism and its Privilege.” Aging politics and policy reflect the in deep political divisions facing democracies around the world. Population aging has long raised questions about the affordability of health, long-term care, pension and other policies. How well are democracies responding to these challenges? How are new political cleavages and the rise of populism, nativism, and illiberalism shaping debates about aging? To what extent do these emerging political cleaves map on to existing generational divisions? The Aging and Politics Committee invites paper and panel proposals that address these and other related questions. Questions can be directed to Michael K. Gusmano at Rutgers University (

Dennis Coyle, The Catholic University of America

Christopher Wolfe, University of Dallas

“The American Public Philosophy Institute promotes the study and development of a natural law public philosophy rooted in the principles of the American Founding, one that pursues freedom and prosperity and is grounded on the moral integrity of the culture and of our social and political institutions.

The APPI is open to any proposals that fit within its mission. In addition, in line with the 2019 APSA theme, “Populism and Privilege,” it would be receptive to papers that discuss the current state of democracy in the United States in light of the principles of the Founding. For example, what did the Founders think about the role of elites, populism, and the possibility of compromise in politics (especially legislative activity), and how does their thought bear upon contemporary American politics? What were the Founders’ assumptions about the background culture of American democracy and how have contemporary changes in American culture changed American politics?”

Andrew Valls, Oregon State University

Loan Le

How are Asian Pacific Americans affected by the rise of powerful outsider candidates with special appeal for populist voters? In recent years we have seen the election of candidates such as Donald Trump and Barack Obama to the presidency and to other public offices. Commentators such as Hulse (2016) observed in the New York Times that, “Obama Cleared Way for Today’s Outsider Candidates.” Americans seem to yearn for a change in how our country is governed as reflected in large-scale decisions to favor candidates who are not (at least initially) supported by the party machine on both the ideological left and right. What does this mean for Asian Pacific American politics in terms of public opinion leading up to and after elections? What does this mean for Asian American political voice when so many APA’s remain independent nonpartisans or decline to state an affiliation in a two-party-dominant system? How does this political status on the sidelines of major party politics for many APA’s interact with recent patterns (e.g., parties have shifted their overall platforms and specific policy stances toward supporting populist candidate rhetoric and behavior as opposed to a trend in the other direction)? Are these populist challenges simply a replication of traditional party elite politics in a different form? Have APA’s made progress vis-a-vis democratic inclusion under Trump or Obama versus previous presidential administrations? The Asian Pacific American Caucus invites conference proposals — both contemporary and/or historical in perspective — that consider the role of populist challenges to the American political system and their impacts for the incorporation of Asian Pacific Americans. We also welcome proposals that examine and evaluate the political lives of APA’s more broadly.

Oded Haklai, Queen’s University

Transformations in Israeli State and Regime

Recent world-wide political trends relating to the rise of populism and democratic backsliding have not eluded Israel. Manifestations include policies, legislative initiatives, and rhetoric that is vehemently nationalist, anti-minorities, and anti “elitist” institutions meant to check the power of elected officials such as the media, courts, and civil society. These trends represent important questions for political scientists interested in Israel from multiple sub-disciplines: What factors have motivated this surge? Is it driven by self-serving incumbents consolidating support by othering, perhaps delegitimizing, opponents? Or is it an understandable reaction against years of social marginalization by cultural and social elites? What are the effects of these shifts? Are these trends reshaping politics in a fundamental way? Or are they new versions of familiar ways of doing politics in Israel? What will the implications be for minorities and other communities who are not close to the circles of power? What is the impact on Israel’s political culture? What might be the impact on Israel’s international relations?

The AIS invites paper proposals from scholars interested in the study of Israel seeking to assess and explain the transformations at hand and examine their probable trajectories. We encourage papers that study Israel as a case study within a broader theoretical framework as well as comparative papers.

Albert Somit and Steven Peterson, Pennsylvania State University, Harrisburg

The Association for Politics and the Life Sciences is organizing one panel, workshop, or symposium for the 2019 American Political Science Association meeting. We invite proposals for papers as well as offers to serve as panel discussants and chairs. Papers on all topics are welcome, whether bioethics, biopolicy, neurobiological aspects of behavior, etc. In addition, members ought to feel free to propose an entire panel. The conference theme for APSA in 2019 is “Populism and Privilege.” Papers addressing this theme are welcomed.

Zsuzsa Csergő, Queen’s University, Canada

The Association for the Study of Nationalities (ASN) invites paper proposals that address questions related to the relationship between populism and nationalism.  We welcome papers from all subfields of political science that feature new research about key aspects of this important theme.  We are particularly interested in papers that focus on Central, Eastern, and Southeastern Europe; Russia; Ukraine; the Caucasus; and Eurasia.  Information about the ASN may be found at

Jennifer Fredette, Ohio University and Vincent Pons, Harvard Business School

The AFSP welcomes paper, panel, roundtable and short course proposals on a wide range of topics related to the study of French Politics. Comparative proposals are encouraged along with proposals that focus on the theme of this year’s meetings (Populism and Privilege). Co-sponsorships with other groups/divisions are required for acceptance.

For more information about the FPG, please consult

CONTACT – Convener, Jennifer Fredette (Ohio University) & Vincent Pons (Harvard University):

Nele Noesselt, GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies

The Association of Chinese Political Studies (ACPS) welcomes submissions from interested scholars and practitioners for its panel at the 2019 annual meeting of the American Political Science Association. The conference theme, “Populism and Privilege,” is immediately relevant in the study of contemporary and historical China. The ACPS invites paper proposals that apply diverse theoretical and empirical approaches to the analysis of China-related research questions, particularly those that address political, cultural, economic, historical, and religious dimensions of populism. In the Chinese context, such questions naturally span a wide array of issues in both domestic politics (e.g., Xi Jinping’s “China Dream” and anti-corruption program) and China’s relations with other nations and its place in the international system (e.g., China’s efforts to step into bilateral and multilateral breaches in the global order).

Flavia Biroli, University of Brasília; Fernando Guarnieri, Rio de Janeiro State University

Holly Jarman, University of Michigan

The British Politics Group welcomes proposals for papers, panels, roundtables and other innovative formats on any topic related to British politics for the 2019 APSA annual meeting in Washington, DC. We are open to proposals that focus on the United Kingdom as a case study as well as those that provide comparative perspectives on British politics.

Proposals may wish to consider the theme for the 2019 APSA Annual Meeting, “Populism and Privilege,” which invites participants to consider the implications of the waves of populist discontent evident in many polities and question the ways in which populism may be a response to entrenched privilege among elites. These questions are highly relevant to British politics, and proposals might address, for example, how populist discontent is transforming Britain’s political parties and democratic institutions; issues of austerity and the proper role of the state in social welfare; how Britain manages contentious issues of immigration; whether we will continue to have a “United” Kingdom; and Britain’s political and economic relationship with the EU, US, and the rest of the world post-Brexit, among other topics. We are open to any and all worthy proposals.

Note that all proposals must go through the APSA on-line process and must be submitted by the regular APSA deadline. Please follow APSA guidelines for submissions, e.g., paper proposals will need an abstract of the paper and full contact details for the presenter(s); panel proposals will need panelist names, paper titles, and abstracts. Please also note that all presenters including co-authors must be dues-paying members of the BPG in order to appear on the program (presenters may join the BPG after acceptance to the conference). Information about the British Politics Group, including membership information, may be found at

Additional questions may be addressed to the Program Chair, Holly Jarman, at or BPG Executive Director, Janet Laible, at

Michael Malbin, Campaign Finance Institute, and Diana Dwyre, California State University, Chico

Campaign finance policies and practices in the United States have changed considerably since the Supreme Court’s Citizen United decision of 2010. The organizational landscape has become more complex. Transparency and contribution limits are harder to enforce. Regulations designed in the 1970s do not transfer easily to Internet communications. At the same time, even though public financing has all but disappeared from federal elections, new voucher and small donor matching fund programs have gained a foothold in some state and local jurisdictions – including the 2019 host city of Washington DC and two of its surrounding counties. In light of these (and other) changes, the Annual Meeting will be a good opportunity for paper and panel proposals that bring together scholars, policymakers and others to discuss the state of policy, practice and scholarship in the field of Money and Politics.

John Samples, Cato Institute and Christopher Preble, Cato Institute

The Cato Institute, a related group of the APSA, will be organizing at least one panel/workshop/symposium for the 2019 American Political Science Association meeting. The Institute seeks to broaden the parameters of public policy debate to allow consideration of the traditional American principles of limited government, individual liberty, free markets and peace. For 2019, the Institute invites proposals for papers that address either foreign or defense policy.

Guy Burnett, Hampden-Sydney College

Troy Smith, Brigham Young University

Daniel Bennett and Darren Guerra, Biola University

Christians in Political Science invites proposals for papers and panels. We celebrate the diversity of our work as Christian scholars from a variety of institutions – small colleges and large research universities, secular and religious campuses. We welcome and encourage proposals from members of CPS active in any sub-field within political science. Individual paper submissions are welcome, but we especially encourage proposals of entire panels that offer a coherent and unifying theme.

Kristin Goss, Duke University

The Related Group on Civil Society, Policy, and Power invites paper and panel proposals on individual and institutional donors. Such proposals might include work that addresses donors’ relationship with the nonprofit recipients of their funds. We are especially eager to receive proposals on this year’s conference theme of Populism and Privilege. Philanthropists typically occupy a privileged place in American society and politics. Their strategies thus may reflect elite perspectives and reinforce hierarchies of class, race, gender, ethnicity, etc. At the same time, many philanthropic donors seek to champion marginalized groups and reduce social, political, and economic inequalities. We welcome work that explores these different roles and how they might be explained. Amid deep challenges to liberal democracy and governance, philanthropists are enjoying greater influence over policy ideas, agendas, enactments, and implementation. Thus, we also welcome proposals that explore philanthropists as policy actors by situating them in national and geopolitical contexts and by exploring the strategies these donors are pursuing and the impact they are having.

Joseph Postell

The Claremont Institute is dedicated to the study of the principles of the American founding and to enhancing and maintaining an understanding of those principles in the academy and in the public mind. The Institute understands this mission in broad terms, and is thus interested in the tradition of political philosophy that was read by the founders and that influenced their thinking, as well as issues in contemporary American politics and foreign policy that might be informed by the principles of the Founding. The Institute sponsors panels and roundtables at the annual meeting that explore these themes; interested parties should contact Joseph Postell (, who serves as organizer for these panels.

Emilie Van Haute, Laurence Morel

Jonathan Hartlyn, University of North Carolina

The 2019 meeting theme, “Populism and Privilege,” is one that scholars of Latin American politics and political economy have long examined, given the history and current realities in the region. In accordance with the meeting theme, we are especially interested this year in papers that compare and contrast populist movements across countries, why populists have attained power in some countries and not others, their relationships to different forms of privilege, and their similarities and differences with past populist regimes. We are also interested in papers that examine different trajectories of populist and non-populist regimes, including their uneasy and complicated relationships with electoral, participatory and other forms of democracy, accountability, the rule of law and the judiciary, the media, social inclusion, sustainable economic development, and international alliances. Other topics could include the evolution of populist and other types of regimes in relationship to political party systems and patterns and forms of representation; inequality and social policy; corruption and corruption scandals; social mobilization, protest, violence and security; explanations for differences across sub-national units; manipulation of electoral and other rules by state actors; and electoral trends and political behavior. Additional subjects could include the changing impact of trans-national trends such as migration, or of international actors such as the United States or the People’s Republic of China, international organizations such as the Organization of American States (OAS), or regional or sub-regional groupings of states.

The Comparative Latin American Politics and Political Economy Related Group welcomes submissions from a broad range of theoretical and empirical approaches and encourages theme and non-theme proposals. We will sponsor one panel (or co-sponsor two panels) in 2019. Our preference is to co-sponsor panels with APSA sections; accordingly, submissions should be made to us and another section, including (but not limited to) Comparative Democratization, Comparative Politics of Developing Countries, Comparative Politics, Human Rights, International Political Economy, International Collaboration, or Political Economy.

Jeffrey Paller, University of San Francisco

As societies across the world face extreme pressure on democratic institutions and illiberal political developments, urban residents are at the forefront of demanding democracy. Alternatively, the city is an arena for contentious struggles over rights, distribution, migration, and development. The city has become a site of both populism and privilege, where extreme inequality confronts powerful urban social movements, as well as populist politicians that mobilize poor and marginalized residents. What are the political ramifications of rapid urbanization across the world? Cities can no longer be understood solely within a national context but should be examined within an international and comparative framework. The Comparative Urban Politics related group welcomes panel and paper proposals addressing any aspect of the politics and governance of cities in a comparative context. Panel proposals that include perspectives from both the developed and developing world, have broad appeal across the discipline, and draw from significant fieldwork will be favored. Since we only have one panel on the APSA program, it is advisable to submit your proposals to other Sections as well.

Erik Jones, Johns Hopkins University and Antonella Seddone, University of Turin

Populism, Italian Style

The theme for the 2019 theme for the APSA Annual Meetings is ‘Populism and Privilege’.
The Conference Group on Italian Politics and Society (CONGRIPS) would like to use that theme to highlight the Italian case. Indeed, Italy represents a privileged view point for understanding how populist parties develop and, moreover, for understanding the reasons behind their success.

Understanding populism requires taking into account very different research perspectives: political ideology, party organizational change, public opinion and antiparty feelings, political communication and social media, personalization of politics and the role of leadership. Papers that explore these dimensions by focusing on 2013 and 2018 elections are welcome.
We are also interested in papers that give more historical context drawing upon the rise of Silvio Berlusconi, the Uomo Qualunque movement, or even the dramatic elections of November 1919 which challenged the liberal orthodoxy and brought both the Christian Democrats and the Socialists into parliament.

Papers that put Italy in a comparative context are welcome as well.

As with last year, the aim is to bring together a set of papers which together convey the richness and complexity of the politics of discontent in Italy, which itself is a reflection of broader trends in Europe and beyond.

Applications should be submitted via the APSA process. Informal inquiries can be made to the CONGRIPS program chairs, Erik Jones ( and Antonella Seddone (

David Fagelson, American University

This year’s theme, “Populism and Privilege,” examines the causes and implication of the retreat from international institutions, democracy and the rule of law. The Conference Group invites paper and panel proposals which examine these questions through the lens of jurisprudence and public law broadly defined. While any methodology or topic which addresses this question is welcome the Conference Group is particularly interested in inquires that examine whether and how elite privilege has affected the foundational principles of democratic rule and the rule of law. This might include questions about practices that corrupt the procedural justice of the political system, or the ability of the state to hold government and business elites legally accountable. Proposals that examine these or any other area of public law and jurisprudence are welcome.

Yao-yuan Yeh and Dennis Weng

The 2019 American Political Science Association (APSA) Annual Meeting will be held from August 29 to September 1, 2019, in Washington, DC. The conference theme is “Populism and Privilege”

CGOTS invites paper and panel proposals on Taiwan’s domestic politics, cross-Strait issues, and international relations that are consistent with the theme of “Populism and Privilege.”

No recent political development has been more striking than the rise to power of self-identified populist movements around the globe, whose main unifying trait is their claim to champion “the people” against entrenched selfish “elites.” These movements display differences that have sparked debates over which, if any, should be called “populist”; how they compare with past “populisms”; and what “populism” is. The current partisans, often labeled populist, have more often been on the right than the left, including anti-immigrant, anti-globalization, ardently nationalist parties such as Fidesz in Hungary; the Law and Justice Party in Poland; and the Trump Republicans in the United States. Until recently, however, left-wing populist movements were ascendant in Latin America. In fact, they remain important there and in other regions, something suggested by support for Bernie Sanders in the 2016 American primaries. Some positions increasingly labeled as populist, such as the ruling regime across the Strait, the Chinese nationalism of Xi Jinping, represents forms of state capitalism that are harder to identify on either the left or right. Indeed, modern “populist” movements have a wide variety of economic agendas, even as most push against the leading institutions of the global economic order, such as the IMF, the World Bank, and multilateral trade agreements. Some, such as in Erdogan’s Turkey and Mohdi’s India, are stridently religious; others, like the anti-immigrant populisms in Europe and the United States, often feature racial and cultural themes.

When comparing Taiwan to other established or even newly established democracies, the level of populism in Taiwan is considerably mild. But the 2014 Sunflower Students Movement and other social movements such as the one against the revision of labor rights law during Tsai Ing-wen’s early administration, are signs of the rise of populism. For the 2019 Annual Meeting, we encourage participants to consider questions about “Populism and Privilege” in Taiwan, especially those that speak to the strengths and weaknesses of Taiwan’s democracy under the theme perspective, and to various domestic and international issues related to threats imposed by the Chinese populist regime. These topics could include research about the emergence of populist movements among citizens through studies of public opinion and social media, the relations between political parties and their strategies during electoral campaigns, changing of social issues and policies on immigration, trade, labor rights, and minorities after DPP regained power in 2016, and the dynamics of ideological shifts within more than two decades of Taiwan’s democracy. The next general local election in Taiwan is scheduled in December, 2018. How will the electoral outcome change the landscape of Taiwan’s political composition, and how will the existing social issues, such as rising inequality, stagnant wages, and an aging society be managed? How will the issues related to social justice and gaps between elites and commons play a role in this election, and how these issues will be altered after the election?

We would also especially welcome proposals that utilize innovative approaches to understand how China factor influences Taiwan’s politics, cross-Strait relations, and Taiwan’s role in the global society. How would and will the ongoing trade war between China and the United States affect the role of Taiwan in the current US-China relations? How would and will the changing dynamics of the relations between North Korea and the United States influence Taiwan through the perspective of global and East Asian regional security? How would and will the power/party alternation from Ma Ying-jeou (KMT) to Tsai Ing-wen (DPP) alter the cross-Strait relations? What is the impact of Tsai’s New Southbound Policy on Taiwan’s economic performance and what will be the future direction of it? Other related proposals aim to address Taiwan’s international status and the US-Taiwan relations are strongly encouraged as they provide profound implications to policymakers in both Taiwan and the United States.

Please send proposals to APSA: (

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Yao-Yuan Yeh (, CGOTS Coordinator. Travel support for CGOTS panelists is subject to the availability of external funding.

A.Richard Norton, Boston University, and Denis Sullivan, Northeastern University

Citizenship, Identity, and Belonging in the Middle East:

Mass denial of citizenship defies international law and challenges the foundations of the state. Today, more people than ever before are trapped without states, services, or identities, exposing a crumbling international order. The Arab Region faces particularly complex issues in failed or failing states. CGME invites proposals for APSA 2019 that document, investigate, and analyze failed citizenship transactions across the Middle East. CGME seeks to understand how various levels of governance and civil society are developing innovative new tools and “”alternative citizenship frameworks,”” including but not limited to legal and rights-based approaches.

CGME further seeks to broaden the discussion about citizenship beyond the legal entitlements accruing to “card-holding members” of a state. Today, there are transnational tools of global citizenship, including social media, regional and global theme-based networks, among others, all of which can be understood as “alternative forms” of citizenship.

The populist surge that is happening globally is also threatening this concept of equality of citizenship and CGME questions whether this trend is deep enough to effect change to the very idea of equal citizenship before the law, in the Middle East and beyond.

Samantha Majic and John Boswell

Democracy, Discretion and Justice

Across both emerging and established democracies, it is a time of great upheaval. In response to rising inequality, partisanship, and the growth of populism and nationalism (to name just some issues), citizens are demanding responses from their elected leaders, who are, in turn proposing, creating, and implementing policies that often have unjust/anti-democratic effects. To take just a few high-profile examples, the last year or so has seen the Trump Administration separate families as part of a crackdown on border control, the British government’s repatriation of the Windrush generation in pursuit of headline immigration ‘targets’, the Ontario government’s decision to stop offering progressive sex education in public schools, and Duterte’s Filipino government suspend established human rights in a ‘war’ on that country’s illegal drug trade.

Academic and popular attention to these dynamics has tended to focus on efforts to diagnose shifts in mass political behavior and prescribe remedies for our apparently ailing democratic institutions. But the roll-out of these disruptive new programs also raises critical new questions for policy studies which scholars are only just beginning to unpack. We need to get a better and deeper understanding of the complex new dynamics at play: how policy entrepreneurs are seeking to leverage or undermine the changing winds of policymaking to promote (or attack) ideas that are now gaining traction; how and why administrators and street level bureaucrats are using their discretion to comply with or resist policies which they deem to be unjust or anti-democratic; and how citizens and targeted groups are reacting to unjust or anti-democratic policies and programmes, and seeking to mobilize (or failing to mobilize) in response.

In light of these developments and the broader APSA theme, Democracy and Its Discontents, we call for papers that apply critical theoretical and methodological approaches to consider how and with what consequences public policies may promote and undermine “justice,” broadly defined. We are interested in papers that explore this and other related (critical) questions at different stages of the policy process—such as public discourse/problem definition, policy development, and/or policy implementation.

Daniel Aldrich, Northeastern University

The Disasters and Crises Related Group (DCRG) brings together scholars from a broad variety of subfields within political science along with researchers from outside the discipline to foster collaboration and to diffuse ideas on disasters and crises. The DCRG invites proposals for its related group panels at the 2019 American Political Science Association meeting to be held in Washington DC August 29th through September 1st which has the theme of Populism and Privilege. Potential topics include (but are not limited to) how disasters alter populist rhetoric and the budget priorities of politicians, how crises change discourse about faith based and civil society organizations active in disaster, the interaction between failed states, catastrophe, and populism, and how social networks enhance (or undermine) populism during crisis. We encourage proposals using a variety of methodological approaches including qualitative, quantitative, and mixed-methods.

Leslie Finger, Harvard University

The APSA Politics of Education Related Group seeks papers on any aspect of the politics of education. In particular, we are interested in papers that examine education policy or systems as dependent or independent variables. Studies on the development of education systems, citizen attitudes on education issues, how certain education policies shape political behavior and other outcomes, how various actors shape education policy and implementation, and a range of other topics are welcome. Generally, papers should speak to larger political science issues beyond education as well. The Politics of Education Related Group welcomes proposals on any country or region and with any method.

Ross Mittiga and Kyle Haines

In the spirit of APSA’s 2019 theme “Populism and Privilege,” the Environmental Politics and Theory Related Group (formerly, the Green Politics and Theory Related Group), calls for papers that address how political, economic, and ecological crises (1) stem from and reinforce national and international systems of inequality and privilege, and (2) have given rise to new forms of pro- and anti-environmental populism.

What does (or would) true environmental populism look like? How should we understand the rise and ideological agendas of populist figures like Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders, Jeremy Corbyn, Xi Jinping, Recep Erdogan, and Rodrigo Duerte, in light of national and international environmental changes? What are just responses to the massive income inequality, scaling social polarization, and catastrophic environmental degradation that have come to define politics in the 21st century?

The Environmental Politics and Theory Related Group encourages the submission of papers that engage these issues, as well as work that addresses any of the wide-ranging issues relevant to environmental political theory.

David Walsh, Catholic University of America

“The Eric Voegelin Society, for its 35th annual international meeting in 2019, to be held in Washington, DC as part of the APSA annual meeting, invites papers in the general field of political philosophy with particular attention to the work of Eric Voegelin and the broad range of interdisciplinary and comparative concerns reflected in his scholarship. This includes: resistance to tyranny, classical philosophy, Christian thought, philosophy of history, the interface of religion and politics including radical Islam, modernity, post-modern thought, terrorism, ideological politics with its authoritarian and totalitarian manifestations, and contemporary challenges (both foreign and domestic) to liberty, free government, rule of law, the integrity of the American constitutional order and federal system including liberty, individual rights, and the tradition of Anglo-American constitutionalism–all prominent interests of the Society.

Send a 200 word precis with any proposal, a title, author’s name, affiliation, and Email address.

Contact: Prof. David Walsh, Meeting Director, Eric Voegelin Society,

Martin Bull, University of Salford, Manchester (UK)

Populism and the Reshaping of the Post-War Political Order in Europe

The ECPR’s 2019 APSA Panel takes its theme directly from the APSA Conference Theme Statement, ‘Populism and Privilege’. Populism has been the most striking political development of European politics of the past decade, both in the distinctive difference of populist parties to the mainstream parties which dominated European party systems until now, and in their putative mission effectively to remove establishment elites and overturn the policies and practices associated with them. The ECPR’s Panel aims to explore this phenomenon in Europe, its development, causes, characteristics, experiences and impact on (and implications for) party systems, government, policies, political competition, society and so on. Are we witnessing a reshaping of the post-war political order in Europe or are these parties destined to decline as rapidly as they arose?

Paper proposals are welcome on any aspects of populism in Europe, and can be single-case studies or comparative analyses (which are especially welcome). They can be empirical studies or theoretical/conceptual explorations of the phenomenon.

Paper proposals must be made through the APSA online system, which will also provide you with the deadline for submission. Please also send a copy of the paper proposal you are submitting to Martin Bull, Director of the ECPR, to whom informal enquires about the panel can also be made.

Brigid Flaherty, The Federalist Society

The Federalist Society invites proposals for a roundtable discussion that will consider the implications of a recent resurgence in populism for constitutionalism, the rule of law, and the American legal regime. Legal scholars and political scientists focus on understanding influence of populism and privilege on society and its implications for constitutionalism, the rule of law, and the American governmental regime. Populist movements raise many questions, which may include: Does the rise of populism and the potential attainment of individual liberty? What effect do recent political trends and executive actions have on the attainment of individual liberty? What role does the rule of law play in the rise of populism and the protecting of individual liberty? How may our political institutions respond to the recent trend of populism? We welcome proposals for a moderated discussion that addresses these or related questions.

Jennifer Fredette, Ohio University, and Vincent Pons, Harvard Business School

The FPG welcomes paper, panel, roundtable and short course proposals on a wide range of topics related to the study of French Politics. Comparative proposals are encouraged along with proposals that focus on the theme of this year’s meetings (Populism and Privilege). Co-sponsorships with other groups/divisions are required for acceptance.

For more information about the FPG, please consult

CONTACT – Convener, Jennifer Fredette (Ohio University) & Vincent Pons (Harvard University):

Quansheng Zhao, American University, and Zhiqun Zhu, Bucknell University

Kerstin Hamann, University of Central Florida

We invite proposals that address issues related to power and privilege, broadly understood, in Iberian politics. The global financial crisis has produced a political earthquake in many countries that has led to the disruption of the established party systems. In Iberia it has resulted in a political context that is more fragmented in both Portugal and Spain, and it has led to the emergence of new political actors that articulate aspirations questioning the legitimacy of entrenched political and social actors and call into questions the established distribution of power. The emergence of Podemos in Spain is particularly relevant in this regard. In Portugal, however, the crisis has not led to the emergence of new populist parties. This leads to questions such as: What explains the emergence and success of Podemos in Spain, and the absence of a similar phenomenon in Portugal? What are the dynamics and impact generated by Podemos as a new party as a response to the economic crisis? In the absence of a new populist party, how do we account for the success of the Left in Portugal? We invite papers that analyze dimensions of power and privilege in Portugal and Spain, and address the issue both theoretically regardless of methodological approach. Papers that analyze power and privilege in Iberia in a broader comparative context are also welcome.

Richard Witmer, Creighton University

The Indigenous Studies Network welcomes proposals that address the conference theme “Populism and Privilege” as well as papers that address larger issues of interest to Indigenous research. We are interested in submissions that address individual Indigenous communities as well as comparative analysis across Indigenous groups, or Indigenous relations with non-Indigenous governments. As in previous years, we are looking for research from all countries and regions of the world.

Glenn Hastedt, James Madison University

The coming into power of populist leaders presents great challenges for intelligence agencies in democratic systems. By tradition and professional ethics their mission has been one defined in terms of protecting and advancing the national interest where the public is seen as a unified whole. In concrete terms this translates into serving the head of government. This mission and role orientation is greatly complicated by populist rule. Populism divides the people into opposing groups defining the established power structure as privileged and the dominant ideas and values of society as the source of problems. Its solutions tend to be simple and direct, rejecting the politics of coalition building, technicalities, and complicated government procedures. In short, intelligence agencies become part of the problem rather than part of the solution.

The intelligence studies group invites paper and panel proposals that explore various dimensions of the challenges that intelligence agencies and professionals face in populist political environments both in the U.S. and other countries. The overarching goal of the panel will be to bring together academic and practitioner perspectives. To this end normative and empirical analyses (contemporary and historical) are welcomed along with reflections on the part of those who have worked in intelligence. It is envisioned that the intelligence studies panel will take the form of either paper presentations or a roundtable discussion.

John Olsen, Texas Woman’s University and Sarah Wiliarty, Wesleyan University

The International Association for the Study of German Politics would like to submit a panel related to the themes of politics in Germany (or other German-speaking countries), either individually or in comparative perspective. It would be especially welcome if a proposal for a panel could refer to the conference theme of “Populism and Privilege”.

Proposed panels should have four papers, and include a chair and a discussant. We would ask that proposals have due regard to gender balance, and it would be especially welcome if doctoral students or early career researchers formed part of the proposal.

James Muller, University of Alaska, Anchorage

The International Churchill Society (previously known as The Churchill Centre) will organize its related group panel at the 2019 annual meeting of the American Political Science Association in Boston, focusing on the theme “Biography and Autobiography of Winston S. Churchill.”

The completion in 2019 of the multi-volume official Churchill biography, begun after his death in 1965 by his son Randolph S. Churchill, who wrote the first two volumes, and completed in eight main volumes by his successor Martin Gilbert in 1988, with publication of the last of the twenty-three companion volumes of documents, superintended by Gilbert until his death and then by Larry P. Arnn, makes it the longest biography ever written about anyone, and a crucial source for all research on Churchill’s life and times.

Our panel will take this occasion as an opportunity for a scholarly consideration of the official biography in the context of other Churchill biographies and Churchill’s own autobiographical works. We welcome proposals for papers examining themes of the official biography in the light of other biographies and Churchill’s autobiography My Early Life: A Roving Commission.

Prospective presenters or discussants of papers are invited to propose themselves to James W. Muller, Chairman of the Board of Academic Advisers of the International Churchill Society and APSA related group organizer for the Society, by e-mail,
The 21st annual black tie academic dinner of the International Churchill Society will be held offsite in conjunction with the APSA meeting.

Nicholas Rush Smith

The Interpretive Methodologies and Methods Conference-related Group provides a forum for the discussion of methodological and methods issues related to interpretive research, as well as issues arising from their position within contemporary political and other social sciences.
Interpretive methodologies and methods are informed by philosophical traditions such as hermeneutics, phenomenology, pragmatism, and symbolic interaction. Notwithstanding their differences, these traditions presuppose that the meaningfulness and historical contingency of human life differentiates the social realm from the natural one, with implications for how research is conducted. Although diverse in their modes of identifying or generating and analyzing data, research processes in the interpretive tradition are typically characterized by:

a) an empirical and normative prioritizing of the lived experience of people in research settings;
b) a focus on the meaning(s) of acts, events, interactions, language, and physical artifacts to multiple stakeholders; and
c) a sensitivity to the historically- and/or situationally-contingent, often-contested character of such meanings.
We call for paper, panel, and roundtable proposals that explore interpretive methodological issues or that apply interpretive methods (e.g., political ethnography, grounded theory in Strauss’s more phenomenological tradition, discourse analysis) in ways that demonstrate their “comparative advantage” for empirical research across all subfields of political science. Especially welcome are proposals that reflect on how political science itself is situated in the webs of meaning and historical context that it studies.

For further Information:
• IMM webpage (

Interested presenters may contact the 2019 IMM program chair, Nicholas Rush Smith, with any questions at

Albert Somit and Steven Peterson, Pennsylvania State University, Harrisburg

The International Political Science Association’s Research Committee # 12 (Biology and Politics) invites paper proposals for the 2019 annual meeting (to be held in Washington, DC). The study of biology and politics speaks to the many linkages between the life sciences and the study of politics. We invite proposals for papers as well as offers to serve as panel discussants and chairs. Papers on all topics are welcome, whether bioethics, biopolicy, neurobiological aspects of behavior, etc. The conference theme for APSA in 2019 is “Populism and Privilege.” Papers addressing this theme are encouraged.

Giulio Gallarotti, Wesleyan University and Alina Vladimirova

RC 36 invites paper on power and populism. The rise of populism has been pronounced over the past several years. The political movement has usurped the powers of more centrist governments that have dominated politics in the post war world. We invite papers. that wish to analyze the power dynamics of this changing political landscape.

If you wish to propose a paper or panel please contact Giulio Gallarotti ( or Alina Vladimirova (

Michael Strausz, University of Oregon

Marissa Brookes and Biko Koenig

APSA Labor Politics promotes scholarship on labor-related issues. We invite papers and panels to be submitted on any theme related to labor, work, unions, or employment. We encourage diverse perspectives on these topics from any range of academic specialties, including but not limited to human rights, political economy, public policy, interest groups, social movements, comparative politics, state politics, immigration, theory, gender, race, ethnicity, history, and law. We seek to connect diverse scholars and particularly welcome international and comparative scholarship along with international and junior scholars.

We would be especially interested in papers discussing topics such as the role and influence of organized labor in reaction to populism in the US, migration and refugee issues, resurgent and alternative labor organizing, popular resistance to austerity, labor and parties in advanced economies, advocacy efforts, issues related to employment and labor market policies, changes in union politics, and political organizations.

Melissa Michelson

Consistent with its mission, the Latino Caucus will organize a panel focused on the professional development of Latina/o scholars and emerging research in Latino politics. The Caucus is particularly interested in receiving paper proposals that address current debates and issues in Latino politics including, but not limited to, Latino political representation and underrepresentation, immigration, the nature and meaning of citizenship and equal civil and human rights for Latina/os.

Bruce Cain, Stanford University, and Rick Hasen, University of California, Irvine

The Law and Political Process Study Group has been sponsoring and co-sponsoring panels at the APSA for over thirty years. The group concerns itself with legal and policy questions related to elections and politics, and with empirical questions germane to the legal and policy questions. Our panels are interdisciplinary, with participation by political scientists, law professors, and sometimes academics in other disciplines and lawyers, government officials, and activists. Typical subjects for papers and roundtables include campaign finance, redistricting, voting rights, election administration, rights and regulation of political parties, ballot initiatives, bribery and corruption, and legislative lobbying and ethics. The Group welcomes papers and panel proposals in these areas.

Michael Promisel

The McConnell Center for Political Leadership is looking for proposals that explore questions of American political leadership, statesmanship, and populism in an age of globalization and declining democratic legitimacy in western liberal democracies. Specifically, we are looking for papers that answer the question of how can leaders make the public case for liberal democracy today and how to confront with the challenge of authoritarianism abroad?

Max Skidmore

The Policy Studies Organization, and the Caucus on Poverty, Inequality, and Public Policy call for papers related to the themes: “New approaches to the study of poverty, and possible new directions for the PSO journal, Poverty and Public Policy.

Gerson Moreno-Riano, Regent University

Populism and Privilege in the Middle Ages

Politica – the Society for the Study of Medieval Political Thought – invites paper and panel proposals considering the medieval contributions – in theory and in practice – to the development of populist movements in the Middle Ages that questioned, challenged and undermined entrenched “elites.”

Politica also encourages proposals that consider the medieval discontents toward “elites” and “elitism” providing a comparative lens through which to consider both medieval, modern and contemporary discontents of elitism and supporters of populism.

Please submit papers to Gerson Moreno-Riano (Regent University) at

Mary Stegmaier, University of Missouri

The Political Forecasting Group invites proposals for papers and panels at the 2019 APSA meeting from August 29 to September 1 in Washington DC. We welcome quality political forecasting research from all fields, including international relations, comparative politics, and elections. Please feel free to contact the group organizer (Mary Stegmaier) if you have questions or ideas.

Muiris MacCarthaigh, Queen’s University Belfast, and Gail McElroy, Trinity College, Dublin

The Political Studies Association of Ireland (PSAI) welcomes paper proposals related to Irish politics for its panel at the 2019 Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association (APSA). It particularly welcomes proposals related to the theme of the meeting, “Populism and Privilege.” Ireland is quite vulnerable to the populist forces sweeping Europe today; in particular, the prospect of Brexit has serious ramifications for both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. At the same time, those forces have not, to date, manifested themselves in a new Irish populist party, although the relationship between populism and existing political parties remains a topic of some debate. There is thus much to say about the bearing of populism upon politics on this island, north and south. We also welcome, of course, paper proposals on any aspect of Irish politics. Preference will be given to individual paper submissions but panels on the topic of populism and privilege will also be considered.

Duane Milne, West Chester University

Considerable political and policy turbulence currently characterizes political life in the United States as well as any number of other nations around the globe. Among other factors, the rise of populist movements has upended conventional paradigms of the “rules” of politics and policy development. Scholars who undertake their professional endeavors through applied politics have unique opportunities to be engaged in these and other political challenges of the day. To this end, the Practicing Politics Working Group seeks submissions that capitalize on the dual role perspective and approach of scholar/practitioners. These submissions should include a discussion of one or more significant political phenomenon, and how practical experience informs that understanding and enhances the outcome of both parts of one’s professional portfolio. That is, how does role as political scientist inform one’s practitioner’s work and vice versa. An ongoing macro-level mission of the working group is to contribute to understanding as to how political science and practitioner applications can and do integrate, thereby benefitting both professional sectors.

Kenneth Ward, Texas State University – San Marcos

The Project on the American Constitution is accepting proposals for papers, panels and roundtables for the 2019 Annual Meeting. We are particularly interested in proposals that address the issues in contemporary constitutional theory. Paper proposals should include an abstract and full contact information for the presenter. Panel proposals should include an abstract of each paper and full contact information for all participants. Roundtable proposals should include a summary of the question to be addressed by the roundtable as well as full contact information for all participants.
The deadline for submitting all proposals is December 31, 2019. Send proposals to:

Kenneth Ward
Department of Political Science
Texas State University-San Marcos
San Marcos, TX 78666
Telephone: (512) 245-2068
Fax: (512) 245-7815

John Dinan, Wake Forest University

Authors will present papers analyzing developments in American federalism and intergovernmental relations during the Trump presidency.

Chair: Denys Kiryukhin

The Russian Politics Group invites paper proposals from interested scholars for its panel at the 2019 annual meeting of the American Political Science Association. We plan to discuss the influence of a new world populist wave on Russian state policy and the problem of populism in Russia. We suggest the following topics and questions for discussion: Can Vladimir Putin be called a populist? Are authoritarian and populist trends interdependent in Russia? Does the Russian liberal democratic opposition need a populist strategy to be successful? Western right-wing populism and Russian conservatism: is there an ideological similarity? What explains the interest of many European and American populist movements in Vladimir Putin and how can Putin use this situation to his advantage? Populist movements in the post-Soviet space: pro- or anti-Russian? How does the current conflict between Russia and the West affect prospects for liberalism and democracy in Russia?

This list of questions is not exhaustive. The Russian Politics Group is open to your proposals and initiatives. You can direct your questions and propositions to the panel to Denys Kiryukhin, Skovoroda Institute of Philosophy (

Our panel will be dedicated to the memory of Prof. Fred Eidlin who passed away two years ago. Fred Eidlin was the chair of the Russian Politics Group and put a lot of efforts into the development of East European and Russian Studies. “Many mistakes result from faulty assumptions and faulty perception, and can sometimes be avoided by paying more attention to what is taken for granted” (Fred Eidlin).

Miro Hacek

Populism – and its implications for political parties – is an increasingly global concern. In recent years, populist leaders have won elections in countries ranging from the United States, to the Philippines, Czech Republic, Poland, Austria and others. This has led to a surge in interest in the impact of populism, both on the part of academics, and the public more broadly. During debate held in January 2017 in UK House of Lords, Lord Ashdown observed that it has been populist movements, rather than mainstream political parties, “that have changed the destinies of countries, colonised political parties or invented new ones, and elected presidents.” There is significant tension between populist modes of political mobilization, which tend to focus on the charisma and individual appeal of the leader, and traditional understandings of representative democracy that privilege the role of political parties in representing the will of the public. Given this, panel will examine and analyse the growing influence of populist movements, with speical emphasis on countries in Eastern and Central Europe. We will raise the questions about the continued relevance of political parties and leaders in populist political environment. Moreover, it has become clear that populism is not a trend confined to a single region, but rather represents a challenge to traditional modes of doing politics in established democracies, new democracies, and countries on the cusp of democratic transition. It is also a trend that has spread across both the developed and the developing world, both traditional democracies of Western and Northern Europe and newish democracies of Eastern and Central Europe. All of these factors make a panel focussed on the rise of populism and its impact on political parties and political leaders particularly appropriate and timely. National case studies from Eastern and Central Europe region, as well as comparative perspective research including (part of) Eastern and Central Europe region, will be particularly welcomed. For more information please contact RG head, Prof. Dr. Miro Hacek,

Mark Lutz, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

The Society for Greek Political Thought is an interdisciplinary organization devoted to the study of classical political thinking in all of its forms. We welcome paper, round-table, and panel proposals on the political philosophy, politics, and politically-relevant poetry of the ancient Greeks. We join the Meeting’s Co-Chairs in encouraging participants to discuss problems confronting or arising from classical democracy, as well as other perennial political, philosophic, and theological issues.

Claudiu Tufis, Universitatea Bucuresti

The Society for Romanian Studies is an international interdisciplinary academic organization dedicated to promoting the professional study, criticism, and research of all aspects of Romanian culture and civilization, particularly concerning the countries of Romania and Moldova.

The Society for Romanian Studies welcomes paper proposals related to Romanian politics for its panel at the 2019 Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association (APSA), which will take place between August 29 and September 1, 2019 in Washington, DC. The theme for the 2019 meeting of the American Political Science Association is Populism and Privilege. We are particularly interested in proposals that use Romania in comparative perspective or as a single case study, or in proposals that are related to the conference theme. Interdisciplinary papers and proposals from graduate students are encouraged.
Since the panels are allotted 90 minutes, no more than four papers can be selected, in order to allow time for discussing the papers. The recommended length for the proposals is 500 words. All proposals will be processed directly through the APSA website. For additional information you can contact Claudiu Tufiș (

Ryan Tans and Rachel Jacobs

The Southeast Asian Politics Related Group (SEAPRG) invites proposals for the 2019 American Political Science Association meeting in Washington DC. The conference theme is “Populism and Privilege”, concepts well-rooted in the Southeast Asian political landscape. The countries of the region have seen a wide range of populist figures, including Marcos, Thaksin, Mahathir, Duterte, and many more. In some cases, the response to populism has been illiberal rule, with militaries, parties, and bureaucracies maintaining privilege over those speaking for the masses. In other cases, mass movements against authoritarianism take up populist themes, evident in People Power, Reformasi, Red and Yellow Shirts, and more recently in coalition electoral victories in Malaysia. Populism in Southeast Asia has thus served many ends, to challenge or entrench privilege. For the 2019 APSA meeting, SEAPRG calls for proposals related to the troubled state of democracy in Southeast Asia, as a region or within specific countries (Burma / Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, Indonesia, Timor-Leste, and the Philippines). We are interested in quality scholarship regardless of method, welcoming qualitative, quantitative, or interpretive approaches, and comparative or single-case research. We are especially interested in full panels and roundtables, but also welcome individual paper proposals.

Kenneth Grasso, Texas State University

Murray Bessette
Approximately 20% of the world’s population lives under single-party communist dictatorships. The transition from communism to post-communism, moreover, raises many interesting and interrelated theoretical and practical questions that political scientists are uniquely suited to address, such as how best to approach lustration, how to rebuild civil society, and how to reform state security apparatuses. The Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation welcomes paper proposals from practitioners and political scientists of diverse methodologies, approaches, and viewpoints dealing with the subject of communism’s ideology, history, and legacy broadly understood. Especially welcome are papers addressing topics such as socialism, communism, Marxism, Maoism, Leninism, Stalinism, ethnicities, cultural identities, and ideologies, as well as communist and post-communist regimes.

Joseph Prud’homme, Washington College

We are seeking papers that explore the history of political polarization in the United States and which endeavor to provide a lens through which to establish a sharper understanding of the dynamics of political polarization in the United States today.