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Power and Powerlessness Revisited

It’s been almost 40 years since my book Power and Powerlessness in an Appalachian Valley was first published, and almost fifty since I first entered the Valley as a young student.  What’s changed? How does it look under the Trump years?  Happy to share my recent article in Journal of Peasant Studies on the theme.  Free downloads until December.. Click here and follow the link:




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Workshop on the Systematic and Empirical Analysis of Power, St. Petersburg, Russia May 24, 2019



May 24, 2019 | Saint Petersburg, Russia

“Empirical Analysis of Political Power” organized by the Research Committee on Political Power (IPSA RC36) and the Centre for German and European Studies (CGES) of Saint Petersburg State University — Bielefeld University.

For many years IPSA RC36 has been supporting the development of political power theories and new methods allowing to test them empirically. The next IPSA RC36 papers development workshop will be held in cooperation with the CGES, one of the leading Russian research centers developing network analysis methods. Considering a growing interest in network analysis, we hope to see more scholars employing network analytical concepts, methods and techniques to study political power. We invite scholars interested in presenting and discussing empirical studies of political power to join us at the CGES in Saint Petersburg on May 24, 2019.

We are interested in contributions that share our commitment to rigorous conceptual analysis of power and that deal with methodological issues, link theory to practice and propose systematic testing of theoretical models with known empirical evidence and new data. We especially welcome papers on distinct forms of power in networks, which include, but are not restricted to, power-as-control and power-as-access, with a particular focus on relations between actors, including governmental and non-governmental organizations, interest groups and individuals. The workshop will also address the following aspects of political networks: influence of actor’s attributes such as political preferences, resources and affiliations on relations with other actors; dynamics of coalition formation in policy-making processes; cross-country and cross-sectoral comparisons of network structures; central players and brokers in policy networks.

We are providing our workshop participants with an opportunity to meet experts on political power from the IPSA RC36 and specialists on network analysis from the CGES. Thus, we aim not only at exploring problems of empirical power analysis and its solutions, but most importantly at providing feedback and support to scholars already working on such papers. 

Workshop Leaders

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)


Workshop Coordinators

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

Artem Antonyuk (Centre for German and European Studies)



Centre for German and European Studies (CGES) of Saint Petersburg State University

Address: Universitetskaya nab., 7/9, St. Petersburg, Russia


Visa Support:

Registered authors coming from abroad will receive visa support from the workshop organizers.


Accomodations Most of the participants are staying at the Shelfort Hotel. Or if you choose, you can look for another hotel on

For more details, please contact Alina V. Vladimirova ( and Artem Antonyuk ( or Giulio Gallarotti (


Looking forward to your paper proposals!

Alina Vladimirova

Artem Antonyuk

Giulio Gallarotti

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

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) 

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) 

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.