Online registration deadline

20 / 04 / 2015

SPECIAL WORKSHOP
THE STATE OF THE DISCIPLINE
Democracy, governance and identity within political science(s)
Political scientists (including international relations/studies scholars) often think of themselves and their discipline as central for the study of democracy and good governance, as well to decision-making processes involving such issues. 

But how central are we really when it comes to better policy-making and societies? Are we trend-setters or rather followers in the footsteps of decision-makers? To what extent does policy-making in matters of science, research and education affects our discipline and professions, or the content of our research projects and curricula? How vulnerable are we to funding from national and international sources, and what is the impact of the political agendas that come with it on our scientific autonomy? At the same time, when looking within our own backyard, how good are we at implementing in our departments and research centres the democratic and good governance principles that we so often preach to others? Are we really better prepared than colleagues from other disciplines to face unjust/unfair behaviour or to change corrupt institutional mechanisms at our workplace? What mechanisms are there for the protection and promotion of the academic and professional interests of political scientists? How do the particular national traditions of political science and the professional associations can contribute to a more internationally integrated academic dialogue? To what extent is language a central issue for better governance within our discipline? And not least, how do such issues shape the identity of contemporary political science as discipline, community and profession?

This special workshop within SCOPE 2015 invites political scientists from all over the world to reflect upon the puzzle set by such questions and contribute with papers, panels or roundtables that explore through case studies or comparative research one or more of the topics suggested above.