RC 36 organized 7 excellent panels on power across a diversity of issues. A great time was had by all. The group dinner at George’s Seafood on the harbor was the social highlight. A list of the panels can been seen below. We would like to thank all of the power scholars who traveled so near and far (mostly very far) to make this a great success.
RC 36 is allocated a panel at APSA meetings.
We are calling for papers to create a panel for the upcoming APSA Meeting in Washington DC
August 29 to September 1 2019. See below for the notice.
RC 36 invites papers 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.
Please contact Giulio Gallarotti or Alina
Icelandic Review of Politics and Administration:
Special Issue on Power and Democracy in Iceland
The Icelandic Review of Politics and Administration (www.irpa.is
Table of Contents
Power and democracy in Iceland: An Introduction
Guðmundur Heiðar Frímannsson (guest editor)
Peer Reviewed Articles
The Icelandic power structure revisited
Gunnar Helgi Kristinsson
Icelandic politics in light of normative models of democracy
A small state in world politics: Iceland’s search for shelter
Autonomy or integration: Historical analysis of the debate on the purpose of Icelandic local self-government
Eva Marín Hlynsdóttir
Political cleavages, party voter linkages and the impact of voters’ socio-economic status on vote-choice in Iceland, 1983-2016/17
Eva H. Önnudóttir, Ólafur Þ. Harðarson
The politics of diversity: Social and political integration of immigrants in Iceland
Þorgerður Einarsdóttir, Thamar M. Heijstra, Guðbjörg Linda Rafnsdóttir
The role of parliament under ministerial government
Indriði H. Indriðason, Gunnar Helgi Kristinsson
Public committees and corporatism: How does Iceland compare to Scandinavia?
The Icelandic news media in times of crisis and change
Valgerður Jóhannsdóttir, Jón Gunnar Ólafsson
Political trust in Iceland: Performance or politics?
Sjöfn Vilhelmsdóttir, Gunnar Helgi Kristinsson
For more information on the power and democracy project, see https://vol.hi.is/um-verkefnid/english/
For more information on the IRPA and its editorial policies, see www.irpa.is
For further enquiries, contact:
Sjöfn Vilhelmsdóttir, Director
Institute of Public Administration & Politics
University of Iceland
Stofnun stjórnsýslufræða og stjórnmála/Institute of Public Administration & Politics
Faculty of Political Science University of Iceland
Gimli við Sæmundargötu , 101 Reykjavík.
Kathi Glaab and Lena Partzsch are happy to report that we have just successfully submitted a RC36 panel to the ISA (International Studies Association) Annual Convention in Toronto, March 27-30, 2019. We have quite a dream team covering seven different countries with various perspectives, and we are very much looking forward to seeing hopefully many of you in Toronto next year!
Panel Title: Writing environmental norms: scholarship and progress in global environmental politics
Organizers: Katharina Glaab and Lena Partzsch
Chair: Giulio Gallarotti
Discussant: Thomas Princen, University of Michigan
When discussing solutions towards more sustainable worlds, scholarship in global environmental politics (GEP) engages with normative questions. Although not many scholars explicitly acknowledge this underlying normativity, our choice of concepts and issues defines the direction of our research. On the one hand, sustainable development, accountability, or transparency have become near-universal norms that pre-define our understanding of progress in terms of sustainability. On the other hand, the thematic bundling of research around climate politics or Sustainable Development Goals marginalizes competing issues and perspectives. This normativity is nothing special to GEP, moreover, the reference to universal norms provides GEP research with policy relevance and enables a fruitful exchange with stakeholders. However, there is hardly any reflection about norms underlying GEP research. As a scholarly perspective inherently oriented towards normative goals, it is thus important to reflect how progress is defined and practiced within our academic work.
This panel aims to address how environmental scholars are ‘writing norms’ and normalise knowledge. What forms of normativity underly our research and which ideas of academic and political progress are discussed at the expense of which others? The panel will bring together scholars that critically reflect on research practices and the notion of progress in scholarship.
Author: Katharina Glaab (Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Norway) and Lena Partzsch (University of Freiburg, Germany)
Title: Beyond progress and gridlock: Norms and normativity in global environmental politics research
Author: Susan Park (University of Sydney, Australia)
Title: A Genealogy: The Multilateral Development Banks and the Accountability as Justice Norm
Authors: Maria Jernnäs and Eva Lövbrand (Department of Thematic Studies: Environmental Change, Linköping University, Sweden)
Title: Non-State Action in the Paris Climate Regime: Depoliticizing a Depoliticized Story?
Author: Philipp Altmann (Central University of Ecuador)
Title: Translating norms – the long trip of Buen Vivir from a local political concept to a global discursive field
Author: Basil Bornemann (University of Basel)
Title: Reflecting the co-production of orientation knowledge in global environmental politics
The final panels are set for RC 36 Power Studies Group. We have seven very interesting and diverse panels on power.
Lena Partzsch has an article out in the current issue of Global Goverance, a top journal in the field of international organization. It was designated as the best article in the journal in 2018. Congrats to Lena.
Take Action Now: The Legitimacy of Celebrity Power in International Relations
Global Governance 24 (2018), 229–248
by Lena Partzsch
Celebrities are able to mobilize a wide range of people on a global scale. In his Oscar acceptance speech, Leonardo DiCaprio urged his international audience to work collectively to combat climate change. Another example of celebrity activism is Daryl Hannah’s support for biofuels and the campaign against the Keystone XL pipeline. In this article, I analyze the legitimacy of such celebrity power in international relations along three criteria (political impact, broad participation, and control and accountability). I argue that, as long as celebrities’ claims are vague and do not go further than UN consensus, celebrity power can be considered legitimate through the political impact. In addition, DiCaprio and Hannah contribute civil society perspectives to the international agenda while, however, not necessarily voicing the most marginalized positions. Finally, by urging governments to comply to international agreements, as DiCaprio does, he holds governments accountable on behalf of the public. However, both DiCaprio and Hannah claim to speak on behalf of affected people who cannot hold the celebrities themselves accountable for their political action. This lack of control is problematic if celebrities convey more radical positions that are not generally endorsed by the international community, as Hannah does when protesting against Keystone XL and promoting biofuels. KEYWORDS: celebrity, climate change, legitimacy.
RC 36 has organized 10 panels for IPSA in Brisbane this summer. The panels are quite diverse in topics and methodology. The conference promises to be very exciting for those of us who study power. Here is a list of the panels. More information about the papers can be gotten my emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
RC 36 Panels for IPSA, Brisbane July 21-25, 2018
Blacks in Trump’s America: Politics as Usual in the Face of Persistent Political Precarity Obama to Trump
Exceptional Powers in World Politics
Gender, Diversity and Federalism in the Global North
Natural Resources, Security, and Power
Political Power Transformations in the Contemporary China
Power Audit in International Relations
Power in Domestic Politics
The Balance of Power and Security in the Asia-Pacific Region
The Fragmentation of Political Power in a Globalizing World
New book on Emerging Powers In International Politics:The BRICS and Soft Power edited by Mathilde Chatin and Giulio Gallaroti is available on Amazon.
Please check it out if you are attending APSA this year in August and September 2017