CPS Newsletter - January 2016
Dear CPS members, Dear colleagues,
I am pleased to send you the new issue of the CPS Newsletter, which is published twice a year, in January and September. As you will see, the CPS has many activities planned in 2016 with the IPSA Congress in Istanbul (24 panels) and the ISA Third Forum of Sociology in Vienna (16 sessions). Our working groups were also quite productive, and have a promising program of activities and publications for the coming year.
Special thanks to Stephanie Alenda, who worked successfully to create a link with the Brasilian Political Science Association, which will allow the CPS to have a reserved panel at each Congress of the Association, and to Emilie Van Haute, who continues to manage successfully the existing link with the American Political Science Association and represented the CPS at its annual meeting in San Francisco last September.
The whole Executive team of the CPS  joins me to wish you a happy 2016!

                                                                                                    Laurence Morel
                                                                                                    CPS Chair

The next ISA (International Sociological Association) 3rd Forum of Sociology will be held in Vienna (Austria) from July 10 to July 14, 2016. The theme of the 2016 edition is 'The Future We Want: Global Sociology and the Struggles for a Better World'. Further details can be found on the forum website.

The Plenary Lecture of the CPS will be held by Robert M. Fishman (Carlos III University of Madrid) on the topic:
'How the Past Shapes Struggles for Equality: Contrasting Legacies of Reform and Revolution'
Abstract: How do legacies of the past – many of them cultural in nature – condition ongoing struggles for equality, leading to significant differences in the extent to which formally democratic political systems genuinely offer political inclusion to low-income and other socially marginal sectors? Where such legacies play an important role in configuring the opportunity for socially inclusionary politics, their causal impact is by nature at least somewhat case specific in ways that reflect national socio-political trajectories of change. But do large-scale international structures and global, or in any case international, dynamics limit the ability of such case-specific logics to matter in shaping political and distributional outcomes? These are the questions, to be addressed. The analysis will take up these theoretical issues through the vantage point offered by a strategically chosen paired comparison of Portuguese and Spanish democracy, but also through broader cross-national comparisons and theoretical debates.

Moreover, CPS will be present with the following sessions:
- Citizenship: Dynamics of Choice, Duties, and Participation
       Organizer: Jurate Imbrasaite - Abstract
Economic Inequality, Distributive Preferences and Political Outcomes
       Organizer: Juan Carlos Castillo - Abstract
       With RC42 on Political Spychology (host committee)

Elites, the Poor and the Welfare State in Unequal Democracies
       OrganizerFelix Lopez - Abstract
       With RC07 on Futures Research
Expertise and Interests: For a Sociology of Think Tanks
       OrganizersFiorenza Gamba and Marcos Gonzales Hernando - Abstract
       With RC14 on Sociology of Communication, Knowledge and Culture (host committee)
Futures and Pasts in the Future of Political Sociology - Abstract
       OrganizerRobert M. Fishman
Is Political Inequality Rising, Falling or Staying the Same?

       Organizer: Joshua Dubrow - Abstract
Parties as Membership Organizations: A Longitudinal Perspective
       Organizer: Giulia Sandri - Abstract

Political Sociology and the War on Terror. Part I
       Organizer: Michael Blain - Abstract
Political Sociology and the War on Terror. Part II
       Organizer: Angeline Kearns Blain - Abstract
Regionalism Old and New: Between Economy and Geopolitics
       Organizer: Mikhail A. Molchanov - Abstract

- The Poli-Tics/Tricks of Development and the Plight of Marginal Communities in the 21st           Century South Asia
       Organizers: Eswarappa Kasi and Julia Guenther - Abstract
The Political Consequences of Precarious Employment
       Organizer: Giedo Jansen - Abstract

The Regulation and Funding of Political Parties in Comparative Perspective
       Organizers: Piero Ignazi and Eugenio Pizzimenti - Abstract
- The Right in the Southern Cone: Power Dynamics within Political Parties in Brazil, Chile and     Argentina - Abstract
       OrganizerStephanie Alenda
Transanational Social Movements and European Democratization
       Organizers: Paul Blokker and Ondrej Cisar - Abstract
The next IPSA (International Political Science Association) 24th World Congress of Political Science will be held in Istanbul (Turkey) from July 23 to July 28, 2016. The theme of the 2016 edition is 'Politics in a World of Inequality'. Further details can be found on the congress website.

CPS will be present with the following panels:

- Class Voting in a Post-Piketty WorldAbstract and papers
       Chairs: Line Rennwald and Giedo Jansen
- Contention Politics and International State-building in the BalkansAbstract and papers
       Chair: Alma Vardari
Contested Hybrid Democracy: Endorsing or Revisiting the Liberal Model in non-Western           Countries?Abstract and papers
       Chairs: Nicolas Monceau and Roman Volkov
Contested Hybrid Regimes: Perpetuating Authoritarian Rules through Democratic Means?        - Abstract and papers
       Chair: Nicolas Monceau
Direct and Deliberative Democracy. The Question of LegitimacyAbstract and papers
       Chairs: Giovanna Allegretti and Maija Setälä     
Displacement, Social Movements and Contested Meaning of Land and 'Home': The South         Asian Experiences  Abstract and papers
       Chair: Sunil Kumar
Escaping the Inequality Trap, but How? Comparative and Contending                                     Perspectives - Abstract and papers
       Chairs: Elisa Reis and Frances Hagopian
Inequalities and Bureaucratic Clientelism in TurkeyAbstract and papers
       Chairs: Anouck Gabriela Côrte-réal Pinto and Sabri Sayari
Inequalities in Coalition GovernmentsAbstract and papers
       Chair: Eric Linhart
Instantiating Epistemic Democracy through Institutional Design (with RC31 on Political           Philosophy) - 
Abstract and papers
       Chairs: John Medearis and Astrid Busekist Sadoun
Knowledge, Expertise and Training in Asylum AdjudicationAbstract and papers
       Chair: Francis Garon
Land Inequality, Violence, and the State
Abstract and papers
       Chair: Francisco Gutierrez-Sanin
Land-use Policy and Segregation by Race and Class in Cross-National PerspectiveAbstract     and papers
       Chairs: Paul Jargowsky and Natasha Fletcher
L'engagement des supporters de football dans l'espace public. Une politisation de                     circostance? - Abstract and papers
       Chairs: Jean-François Polo and William Gasparini
Migration and Citizenship in a World of Inequality - Abstract and papers
       Chair: Amanda Klekowski von Koppenfels
Non-elective Procedures in Divided Societies - 
Abstract and papers
       Chair: Peter Stone
Political Parties in "Post-communist" Europe: Old "Specificities", new                                       "normalities"? - Abstract and papers
       Chair: Michel Perottino
Political Sophistication as a Resource of Unequal Political Participation in                                   Democracies - 
Abstract and papers
       Chair: Bettina Westle
Studing Asylum Adjudication from Below: North American and European                                 Perspectives - Abstract and papers
       Chair: Deniz Eroglu
The Concept of Populism in the Analysis of Political Phenomena: From Latin America to           Europe - 
Abstract and papers
       Chairs: Mayra Silva and Marcelo Moriconi Bezerra
The Crisis-solving Potential of Referendums - 
Abstract and papers
       Chairs: Laurence Morel and Gil Delannoi
The Performance of Prime Ministers in Comparative Perspective - Abstract and papers
       Chair: Ferdinand Müller-Rommel
Transnational Political Participation: Challenges and Prospects - 
Abstract and papers
       Chairs: Nermin Abadan-Unat and Zeynep Kadirbeyoglu
"Riots" and Mobilizations against Violent Police Deviances: An International Comparative         Perspective - Abstract and papers
       Chairs: Anthony Pregnolato and Victor Collet
The next 112th APSA (American Political Science Association) Annual Meeting will be held in Philadelphia (United States) from September 1 to September 4, 2016. The theme of the 2016 edition is 'Great Transformations: Political Science and the Big Questions of Our Time'. Further details can be found on the meeting website.
CPS will be present with the following panel:

Migrant's Representation. The Role of Parties, Electoral Systems and Mobilization
     Chair: Luis Ramiro
Abstract: This panel examines the drivers of migrant's political representation in Europe from a Political Sociology perspective. With novel data on all national MPs coming from the Pathways project ( for eight European countries - Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain and the United Kingdom - for the period since the early 1990s, the four papers examine how political parties, electoral systems and mobilization from various groups shape the levels of political representation gained by citizens of immigrant origin (CIOs) - migrants and their descendants - across Europe.
  • 'Mobilization, Counter-Mobilization and Access to Power: Does Descriptive Representation Follow the Anti-immigration Mood?' (Maria Sobolewska, Patrick English, Laura Morales, Marc van de Wardt, and Steven van Hauwaert)
  • 'Descriptive Representation of Constituency Interests: The Role of Institutional Variables and District Composition' (Lucas Geese, Chloé Janssen, Constanza Sanhuenza Petrarca, and Diana Schacht)
  • 'Matching Candidate Nomination, Ethnic Voting, and Ethnic Representation' (Constanza Petrarca, Chloé Janssen, Lucas Geese, Diana Schacht, and Pierre Baudewyns)
  • 'The Effects of Party Organizational Procedures on the Representation of Immigrant Origin Citizens' (Luis Ramiro, Angeliki Konstantinidou, and Daniela Vintila)

The abstracts of the papers can be viewed here.
1. Activities
The Working Group on 'Contentious Politics and Social Movements' is a network of scholars researching, theorizing and writing about collective action and its constant interaction with state policies. Based at the Panteion University of Athens, over the last period it has been active in organizing conferences, editing volumes and running - for the last 8 years - the Contentious Politics Research Laboratory Seminar, bringing together original contributions on a variety of topics - including, among other themes, the impact of the recent Eurozone crisis on political contention. In Following a successful conference that took place in Athens in 2009, the Group published an edited volume, while in 2013 it edited a journal special issue on the Greek crisis (see below). 
Several of its members (Seraphim Seferiades, Loukia Kotronaki, Kostas Kanellopoulos, Kostas Kostopoulos and others) have been participating in a variety of conferences and workshops. The latest include the 9th Pan-European Conference on International Relations organized by the European Sociological Association in Sicily (September 2015) and the Conference ‘Fascisms across Borders’ (Heyman Center, Columbia University - April 2015). Before that, members had participated in ECPR General Conferences (the latest in Glasgow - 2014 and Bordeaux - 2013) and conferences, such as the Annual Conference of Historical Materialism- the latest in London SOAS in November 2013.
2. Publications
The Working Group on 'Democratic Procedures' (PROCEDEM), affiliated both to the CPS and the CEVIPOF (Sciences Po Paris) was launched in September 2015. It will be represented at the next IPSA Congress in Istanbul with 3 panels and papers by its members.
1. Next events: Panels at IPSA World Congress in Istanbul, July 23-28, 2016
Panel - Non-elective Procedures in Divided Societies (convenor: Mindy Peden)
Chair: Peter Stone. With papers  by Oliver Dowlen ('Random Recruitment and Permanent Mediation in Divided Societies - the Prospects for Greater Political Equality') and Peter Stone ('Sortition in Deeply-divided Societies'). Further details: here.

Panel - The Crisis-solving Potential of Referendums (convenor: Laurence Morel)
Chairs: Laurence Morel and Gil Delannoi. Further details: here.

Panel - Instatiating Epistemic Democracy through Institutional Design (convenor: Andre
ï Poama)
Chair: John Medearis. With papers by Helene Landemore ('In Defence of Epistemic Democracy') and 
Andreï Poama ('Virtual Democracy and the Multiple Jury: An Epistemich-cum-egalitarian Account'). Further details: here.
2. Activities/Publications of the PROCEDEM since September 2015
Gil Delannoi presented the paper 'Sortive Democracy' at the International Conference on 'the Institutionalization of Deliberative Democracy in a Comparative Perspective', Nankai University, Tianjin, December 4-6, 2015.
     Abstract: After two centuries of silence, the last twenty years have witnessed renewed            interest in the use of random selection (or sortition) as a political device. This interest             manifests itself through several approaches: political theory, history of democracy, theory       of knowledge, democratic thinking, deliberative democracy and local experiments. The aim       in this paper is to address the following issues. First, to define a sortive kind of democracy in     comparison with the direct and indirect kinds and then to devise possible combinations            between these different kinds of democracy. Second, to recapitulate, similarly to a short        instruction book or user’s manual, the different practical options for any implementation of a    procedure including random selection (size of the pool and size of the sample, mandatory or    facultative participation, short or long terms, training, etc). Third, to provide examples of          institutional design for public consultation and democratic decision-making.

Laurence Morel has signed a contract with Ashgate Publishers to co-edit with Matt Qvortrup The Ashgate Research Companion to Referendums and Direct Democracy, a 25 to 30 chapters compendium which will appeal to the most recognized experts of referendums and  cover all aspects of referendums and related areas such as recall (petitions signed by registered voters to force a public vote), citizen-juries, the initiative and legislative petitions. The book will look empirically and theoretically at key issues like: how to study referendums comparatively, why are referendums favoured or disliked, why are they held, are they fulfilling in practice  the democratic ideal, what are their effects on policies and politics, how are they regulated and how could referendum best practices be defined? (estimated publication date: 2017).

Oliver Dowlen attended the conference 'Tirage au Sort et Démocratie Directe: les témoignages antiques et leur postérité' at the Ecole Française d’Athènes,  October 29-31, 2015, where he presented the paper 'A Framework for Understanding the Fuller Political Potential of Random Recruitment'. He also attended the conference 'Democracy in the 21st century', Bibliotheca Alexandrina, December 9-11, 2015,  where he presented the paper 'Institutional Design using Random Recruitment: from Process to Principles to Product'. In late 2015 he obtained funding from the Australian organisation NewDemocracy to write a feasibility study of a scheme to use randomly selected citizens to oversee the work of elected representatives and act as a means of linking them with their constituents. This scheme will be applicable in both UK and Australian contexts.

Peter Stone published an article on 'Guaranteed Rotation in Office: A Comment', in Political Quarterly 86(3) (July-September 2015): 380-384; and his work on sortition was featured in an interview that appeared in The Irish Times (see Joe Humphreys, 'Unthinkable: Should College Places Be Awarded by Lottery?', The Irish Times, September 29, 2015. He also gave a public presentation entitled 'Is Sortition Part of Our Democratic Future?' at the Conference 'A Pilot Meeting for the Democracies of the Future', 14th Edition of the Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul, October 31, 2015 (
). Stone has two forthcoming papers: 'The Wisdom of the Multitude: Diversity versus Size' (in Rafal Urbaniak and Gillman Payette, eds., Applications of Formal Philosophy: The Road Less Travelled. Heidelberg: Springer, co-authored with Koji Kagotani) and 'Sortition, Voting, and Democratic Equality' (in Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy (CRISPP) 19).
Next events
- ISA Forum of Sociology, Vienna, Austria, July 10-14, 2016
     Session - Regionalism Old and New: Between Economy and Geopolitics
     Organizer: Mikhail A. Molchanov. Further details: here.
Past events
- ISA 8th World Congress of Sociology,Yokohama, Japan, July 13-19, 2014
     Session - Regional Powers and Their Partners: Bilateralism, Regionalism, Cooperation and        Hegemony
     Organizer: Mikhail A. Molchanov. Further details: here.
1. Next events
- IPSA World Congress of Political Science, Istanbul, Turkey, July 23-28, 2016
     Panel - Political Parties: Beyond Party Members?
     Chair: Tim Bale; Discussant: Susan Scarrow. Further details: here.

- ISA Forum of Sociology, Vienna, Austria, July 10-14, 2016
     Session - Parties as Membership Organizations: A Longitudinal Perspective
     Organizer: Giulia Sandri. Further details: here.
2. Publications 
Check out the latest publications on party membership and activism:

3. Resources
Check out the Facebook page of the ESRC Party Members Project (PMP) on party membership in British parties:
Workshop on 'Prime Ministers and Presidents Personalities'
The new working group on 'Personalization and Politics' of the CPS will organize a 'brain storming' workshop on 'Personalities of Prime Ministers and Presidents in Contemporary Democracies'. The workshop will be hosted by the 'Center for Study of Democracy' (CSD) of the Leuphana University Lüneburg (Germany) from June 2-5, 2016.

The workshop brings together a team of established political scientists who are experts in the field of chief executive studies.
Its aim is to explore the impact of Prime Ministers and Presidents personalities on their political performance on a truly comparative basis. The following topics will be discussed during the meeting: empirical evidence of the (increasing?) role of leaders personalities on politics; typologies of Prime Ministers and/or Presidents personalities and political performances; theoretical explanations for changing political performance of Prime Ministers and Presidents; political consequences that are initiated by different forms of Prime Ministers and Presidents performances; empirical approaches that describe/measure Prime Ministers and Presidents personalities; assessing existing national and cross-national personal data on Prime Ministers and Presidents.

For further information, please contact the local organizer Professor Ferdinand Müller-Rommel <>
The Working Group on 'Political Inequality' was formed in 2010 by CPS and has since focused on the cross-national and interdisciplinary study of political inequality in modern democracies. Political inequality has many definitions, and a useful one is: political inequality is structured differences in influence over decisions made by political decision-making bodies, as well as the outcomes of those decisions. We are now working on a grant proposal for various funding agencies on the cross-national measurement of political inequality. The WG has members in the US, South America, and Europe; we encourage anyone from CPS to join.
1. Next events
- ISA Forum of Sociology, Vienna, Austria, July 10-14, 2016
     Session - Is Political Inequality Rising, Falling, or Staying the Same?
     Organizer: Joshua Dubrow. Further details: here.
2. Publications 

3. Resources
Check out the two-minute video that explains the concept of political inequality 'Political Inequality Explained':
For more information, please visit the WG website, and follow the WG on Twitter (@JoshuaKDubrow).
The Brazilian Association of Political Science (ABCP) and the Committee of Political Sociology (CPS) have concluded in January 2016 an unprecedented agreement consisting in granting the CPS a reserved panel at each meeting of the ABCP, starting from the 10th National Meeting of the Association that will take place in Belo Horizonte from August 30 to September 2, 2016. The CPS already has this kind of agreement with the American Political Science Association (APSA), but had no formal links until now with associations of political science in Latin America.
Müller-Rommel, Ferdinand and Casal Bértoa, Fernando (2016) (eds.), Party Politics and Democracy in Europe. Essays in Honour of Peter Mair. West European Politics Series. London and New York: Routledge.

Morris, Michael A. (2015), Language Politics of Regional Integration. Cases from the Americas. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Passarelli, Gianluca (2015) (ed.), The Presidentialization of Political Parties. Organizations, Institutions and Leaders. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
The CPS has produced its Annual Financial Report for the year 2015. It can be consulted at this link.
Newsletter editors: Laurence Morel & Michelangelo Vercesi

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