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40th Anniversary RC36 Interim Conference May 22, 23, 2019 in Moscow: Call for Papers



The Changing Faces of Power 1979-2019: The 40th Anniversary of the Power Group 

May 22-23, 2019 | Moscow, Russia

Deadline for Abstracts: February 6, 2019 (abstracts up to 250 words) and send to and

Decision on Papers: February 22, 2019 

 Please consider submitting a paper to the IPSA RC36interim conference “The Changing Faces of Power 1979-2019: The 40th Anniversary of the Power Group” taking place at the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences (Moscow, Russia), May 22-23, 2019. 

In 2019 IPSA RC36 is celebrating its 40thanniversary. Its first meeting took place at the IPSA World Congress of Political Science in 1979 in Moscow. So, we would like to come back to Moscow for our anniversary interim conference. Considering the significant changes in our field during these years, we have decided to hold our conference on the theme “The Changing Faces of Power: 1979-2019” and to devote this meeting to a systematic review of the evolution of the study of political power. We encourage papers that present different approaches to political power studies, both theoretically and empirically. We hope to explore how views of power have expanded and changed over the last 40 years, and to map the concepts and methods that have emerged. We welcome contributions focused on all levels of power analysis; from power of a leader to the power of global actors. We hope to attract a diversity of topics connected to political power studies.  

 The conference will feature a keynote speech by the founder of the Power Group David Baldwin (Princeton University). We will also be conducting two independent workshops on May 21 also at the Institute in Moscow (for young scholars studying power) and one on May 24 in St. Petersburg (on the empirical study of power). Participants at our conference are most welcome to join in the workshops if they wish. A separate invitation will be sent out for the May 24th workshop. If you wish to also join in on the workshops, pleased let us know. 

Visa Support: 

 Registered authors coming from abroad will receive official visa invitations and get other support in obtaining a Russian visa from the IPSA RC36 interim conference organizers. 


The Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences is located in a historical building in the very center of Moscow(about a 5 minute walk to the Bolshoi Theater and 7 minute walk to the Red Square). 

Address: Rozhdestvenka Street, 12, Moscow 

A number of core members of  IPSA RC36 have already confirmed their participation at the conference: 

David Baldwin (Princeton University) 

Mark Haugaard (National University of Ireland, Journal of Political Power Editor) 

Giulio Gallarotti (Wesleyan University, current IPSA RC36 Chair) 

Alina V. Vladimirova (Institute of Oriental Studies of the RAS, current IPSA RC36 Vice-Chair) 

Philip G. Cerny (University of Manchester and Rutgers-Newark) 

Keith Dowding (Australian National University) 

Peter Rutland (Wesleyan University) 

Lena Partzsch (University of Feiburg) 

Valeri Ledyaev (National Research University Higher School of Economics) 

Stewart Clegg (University of Technology Sydney)

For more details, please contact Giulio Gallarotti at or Alina Vladimirova 

Looking forward to your paper proposals! 

RC36 at APSA 2019: Call for Papers

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

Special Issue on Power: Icelandic Review of Politics and Administration

Icelandic Review of Politics and Administration:

Special Issue on Power and Democracy in Iceland

The Icelandic Review of Politics and Administration ( is pleased to announce the publication of a special issue on power and democracy in Iceland (14 Vol., 1 Issue): The special issue is among the products of a five year power and democracy project, funded by the University of Iceland Centenary Fund and directed by Professor Gunnar Helgi Kristinsson. The special issue brings together 10 peer-reviewed papers focusing on different aspects of power and democratic governance in Iceland, all written in English and in open access.

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

Vilhjálmur Árnason




A small state in world politics: Iceland’s search for shelter

Baldur Thorhallsson




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?

Stefanía Óskarsdóttir




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

For more information on the IRPA and its editorial policies, see

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.


ISA March 2019 panel on Writing Environmental Norms

Hi all,
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

Article on the Power of Celebrities by Lena Partzsch

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.

New book by Two Fuse: ‘Freedom?’ (Cork University Press)

Freedom? by Two Fuse (Cork University Press, 2018)

In this contribution to the Síreacht series, the collaborative platform Two Fuse (Kevin Ryan, NUIG & Fiona Whelan, NCAD) examine the practice of freedom in the context of neoliberal enterprise culture, focusing specifically on how this is shaped by power relations that sustain social suffering by generating an equality of inequality. Responding to this situation, Two Fuse look to socially-engaged art with a view to exploring possibilities to reimagine the practice of freedom, paying particular attention to the 2016 performance Natural History of Hope by Fiona Whelan, Rialto Youth Project and Brokentalkers.

Book details here:
Two Fuse:

Session “Power, Influence and Network Structures”

XXXVIII Sunbelt Conference
Session “Power, Influence and Network Structures”
June 26-July 1, 2018 | Utrecht, Netherlands
Deadline for Abstracts: February 1, 2018 (23.59 hrs. CET time)

Dear IPSA RC36 members and friends,

Please, consider submitting your abstract to the Sunbelt 2018 session “Power, Influence and Network Structures” organized by our research committee.

This session is organized in collaboration with IPSA Research Committee on Political Power (IPSA RC36) to provide a room for a broad discussion on opportunities and challenges of network analysis methods for political power scholars. We encourage potential participants to introduce papers that link theory to practice, propose systematic testing of theoretical models with network data and demonstrate original network approaches to analysis of diverse forms of power in changing conditions of domestic and international politics. We aim to attract empirical papers that based on different theoretical backgrounds (network-as-structure, networks-as-actors) and concepts of power (power-as-control and power-as-access, networking power, network power, networked power and network-making power). We are especially interested in papers covering topics connected to conceptualization and measures of power in networks, to analysis of nodal positions and to different issues associated with creation of indexes.

Submission Link:

Looking forward to your contributions!