Round table on the state of the discipline supported by the International Political Science Association (IPSA) - Research Committee 33 (The Study of Political Science as a Discipline) and the European Confederation of Political Science Associations (ECPSA)


The event takes place at Casa Universitarilor, a historical building of the University of Bucharest, located in the city centre, close to most touristic landmarks. Citizens of non-OECD countries, members of IPSA RC13, IPSA RC33 and doctoral students irrespective of their country of origin enjoy discounted fee rates. Read more about the VENUE, REGISTRATION PROCEDURES, CALENDAR & FEES and other PRACTICAL INFORMATION.


Among the many visiting opportunities available in Bucharest (once nicknamed Little Paris and currently often labelled as Little Berlin particularly for its vibrant nightlife and alternative cultural spaces), the organizers also offer participants guided thematic tours with scholars and practitioners in the field (Communist heritage tours, Jewish & Armenian neighbourhoods tours, Corruption tour). Read more


University of Oxford

Editor of Oxford University Press series Studies in Democratization, President of the Conseil Scientifique of the Institut des Ameriques in Paris, and member of the steering committee of the Red Eurolatinoamericana de Gobernabilidad para el Desarrollo. Among his most recent books are Illiberal Practices: Territorial Variance within Large Federal Democracies (Johns Hopkins UP, 2016), Latin America: A New Interpretation (Palgrave, 2006 second revised updated edition 2010), and Democratization: Theory and Experience (Oxford University Press, 2002). Read more

Cecelia LYNCH
University of California Irvine

US scholar of international relations and comparative politics, known particularly for her ground-breaking work on religion and ethics in international affairs. Co-editor of the leading blog Critical Investigations into Humanitarianism in Africa  and co-author (with Audie Klotz) of the first book on the constructivist approach in international relations to analyse substantive issues, methodology and research design. Recipient of numerous research grants and awards, including recently the J. Ann Tickner Award of the International Studies Association (ISA) for pushing boundaries in international studies.

University of Aarhus

Co-principal investigator of the Varieties of Democracy (V-Dem) project. He has published numerous articles on democratization, civil liberties, and the rule of law, as well as several books on these issues, including The State-Democracy Nexus: Conceptual Distinction, Theoretical Perspectives, and Comparative Approaches (Routledge, 2016), The Rule of Law: Definition, Measures, Patterns, and Causes (Palgrave, 2014), Democracy and Democratization in Comparative Perspective: Conceptions, Conjunctures, Causes and Consequences (Routledge, 2013), and Requisites of Democracy: Conceptualization, Measurement, and Explanation (Routledge, 2011). Read more


SCOPE: SCIENCE OF POLITICS – International Interdisciplinary Conference of Political Research is an annual joint session of workshops aimed at offering a space for academic exchanges on timely political research topics, as well as on the latest advancements within the discipline and the profession(s) of political science.

The 4th edition (26-28 May 2017) is organized by the Centre for International Cooperation and Development Studies (IDC) of the Faculty of Political Science at the University of Bucharest (FSPUB), with the support of a grant of the Romanian Ministry of Education, CNCS-UEFISCDI, project demoAID - New Actors & Mechanisms of Democratic Accountability in International Development: Reputation Building of ODA Emergent Donors (PN-II-RU-TE-2014-4-2851), as well as with the support of the International Political Science Association (IPSA)
research committees RC 13 (Democratization in Comparative Perspective) & RC33 (The Study of Political Science as a Discipline), the European Confederation of Political Science Associations (ECPSA), and the Alumni of the University of Bucharest Association.

The working languages of the event are English and French, with English as primary language.

Read more about the series SCOPE: Science of Politics


We invited scholars across different disciplines to submit papers, panels or round table proposals on DEMOCRACY IN DEVELOPMENT: COMPARATIVE PERSPECTIVES ON THE GOVERNANCE OF THE PUBLIC GOOD, and treat this general theme from various conceptual, empirical and methodological perspectives, while addressing timely case-studies, especially (but not exclusively) around the following core topics: Democracy and democratization as subject for contemporary political theory; Populism, social movements and electoral behaviour in the age of social media; The role of local politics in shaping national and trans-national democratic institutions; The role of digital technology and social media in contemporary international politics; Democratic accountability and the new global agenda of sustainable development (SDGs); Democracy and the European Union today; Conflict, security and democracy; Transitional justice; Comparative perspectives on civic education; Methodological opportunities and challenges in approaching issues related to democracy and democratization. READ THE FULL CALL FOR APPLICATIONS