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). A separate invitation has been sent out for the May 24th workshop Workshop Notice. If you wish to also join in on the workshops, please let us know. See below for all three programs.


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)
Valeri Ledyaev (National Research University Higher School of Economics)
John Gaventa (Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex)

For more details, please contact Giulio Gallarotti at ggallarotti@wesleyan.edu or Alina Vladimirova alina.v.vladimirova@gmail.com

Looking forward to your paper proposals!


Each of Moscow’s three airports has a fast and cheap (30 mins, $15) express train to a train station in the center. The train from Sheremetevo airport goes to Belorussky station, from Vnukovo to Kievsky and from Domodedovo to Paveletsky station.


It is not a good idea to take a cab from the airport, traffic jams means it might take 1-2 hours, and cost $50. If you do want to get a cab order a car online ahead of time and the driver will meet you.

If you take the train once you arrive at the station in the city center you can take either a metro or a cab to the hotel. The metro is easy enough to use if you don’t have a big suitcase.

The nearest metro stop to the institute at Rozhdestvenka Street, 12, is Kuznetsky Most (purple line), a station that is connected to Lubianka station (red line). From any one of the airport connection stations you would have to take the circle line (green) and then change.

Please, see Accommodation in Moscow

Please, see Visa to Russia

The members of the IPSA RC 36 send special thanks  to Alina Vladimirova for all the work she has been doing to host this event. Thanks also to the Directors and Members of the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences for providing a wonderful venue. And finally the members acknowledge the great generosity of the College of Social Studies and Department of Government of Wesleyan University for financing the conference. Without such efforts and generosity of the above people, our historic anniversary conference would not be possible. 

Personal Recollections about the Research Committee 36 Prepared for the 40th Anniversary Interim Conference of RC 36 in Moscow, Russia May 22,23, 2019

In honor of our 40th Anniversary Conference, the Officers of RC 36  would like to post some special personal recollections from a number of long time and recent members of the research committees.



Young Scholars Workshop on Power Studies, May 21, 2019 Moscow

Program for RC 36 40th Anniversary Conference May 22,23 , 2019 Moscow

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RC 36 Papers and Abstracts

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Program for Workshop on Systematic and Empirical Study of Power, May 24, 2019 St. Petersburg

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