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