24th World Congress of Political Science - Challenging Democracy, 23 – 28 July 2016, Istanbul, Turkey

Publish Date: Sep 15, 2015

Deadline: Sep 25, 2015

Event Dates: from Jul 23, 2016 12:00 to Jul 28, 2016 12:00

As every year, we – the International Association for Political Science Students (IAPSS) – welcome papers from political science, international relations and related fields from students and young scholars for our panels to be held at the upcoming 24th World Congress of Political Science of the International Political Science Association (IPSA), from 23 – 28 July, 2016 in Istanbul, Turkey. We encourage applications focussing on conceptual, theoretical and empirical connections between democracy and inequality from students coming from all around the globe. We are also looking for one discussant and one chairperson per panel.

The panels hosted by IAPSS are based on the Congress’ theme ‘Politics in a World of Inequality’ and the thematic framework of IAPSS’ Annual Theme 2016 ‘Challenging Democracy’.

The Theme & Topics Addressed:

Democracy is the standard against which all governments across the world are measured. It is, however, not without flaws and has so far failed to provide solutions for global economic inequality, changing expectations of the welfare state and fluctuations in public support for redistribution. How is democracy affected by inequality? Can and should democracy be improved, and if so, how? Are there better alternatives to democracy in order to promote redistribution and recognition of different regional, religious, cultural and national groups? How can challenging democracy inform new studies into contemporary governance of politics in a world of inequality?

The key topics we will address are (but are not limited to):

  • legitimacy;
  • identity
  • inclusion/exclusion;
  • social movements and responses;
  • models of democracy and regime types;
  • public policy approaches;
  • participatory democracy and grassroots constitutionalism
  • democratic transitions
  • impediments to democratic development
  • democratic legitimacy of supranational and intergovernmental governance
  • new forms of democracy (direct democracy, deliberative democracy, etc.)

Guidelines for Abstract Submissions:

  1. A) Paper presenters: Please send us your abstract (between 150 and 200 words) with the title of the proposed paper, five keywords, your name, subject(s) of study, home university, contact details, and a two page CV in two separate files to delegations@iapss.org. Please do not send any additional documents or text as these will not be considered.
  2. B) Chairpersons and discussants: Please send us a short position paper (up to 300 words) on the topic on one of the above listed topics as well as a two page CV, with emphasis put on your previous chair/discussant experiences to delegations@iapss.org.For all positions, the deadline is 25 September 2015. Results will be announced on 30 September 2015. For all positions, IAPSS membership is mandatory once the selection is finalized. Please find an overview of the wide range of services and benefits of IAPSS membership and the online application form here:iapss.org/members/individual-membership

    For any further information, please do not hesitate to send an e-mail with your inquiry to delegations@iapss.org.

Mihai Chihaia

Delegations Coordinator


Registration Key Dates

01 OCT 2015 Registration for the Congress opens
16 MAR 2016 Deadline to register at a reduced Early Bird registration fee
13 APR 2016 Deadline to register to appear in the Printed Program 
05 MAY 2016 Final Registration Deadline for all panelists
Participants not registered are withdrawn from the Congress Program

Registration Fees (US$)

All participants at the World Congress of Political Science must register online. This includes all participants with a role in the World Congress (paper presenters, convenors, chairs, discussants).

ALL Congress Participants must be 2016 individual IPSA members to register for the World Congress. You may become a member during the online registration process using your IPSA account. IPSA membership is not necessary to submit a panel or paper proposal; only for participation and attendance at the World Congress.

IPSA Members

IPSA does not offer non-member registration fees, or one-day registration fees. Participants may register in the categories listed below.

Registration Category

IPSA Membership

1 OCT 2015 - 16 MAR 201617 MAR 2016 - 28 JUL 2016
Early Bird RegistrationTotalRegular RegistrationTotal
 Regular Member - 2 year $170 $ 260 $ 430 $ 310 $ 480
 Senior Member - 2 year (over 65) $120 $ 180 $ 300 $ 230 $ 350
*Student Member - 2 year (under 35) $ 80 $ 100 $ 180 $ 125 $ 205
*Student Member  - 1 year (under 35) $ 50 $ 100 $ 150 $ 125 $ 175

TPSA and IPSA Members

Members in good standing of the Turkish Political Science Association (TPSA) / Siyasi İlimler Türk Derneği (SITD) who are also IPSA members in 2016 are eligible for a reduced registration fee as shown below. For information about TPSA membership please visit www.siyasiilimler.org.tr.

Registration Category

IPSA Membership

1 OCT 2015 - 16 MAR 201617 MAR 2016 - 28 JUL 2016
Early Bird RegistrationTotalRegular RegistrationTotal
 Regular Member - 2 year $170 $ 130 $ 300 $ 155 $ 325
 Senior Member - 2 year (over 65) $120 $ 90 $ 210 $ 115 $ 235
*Student Member - 2 year (under 35) $ 80 $ 50 $ 130 $ 65 $ 145
*Student Member  -1 year (under 35) $ 50 $ 50 $ 100 $ 65 $ 115

* Registration category for students up to 35 years of age requiring proof of student status at the time of registration ((a proof of student status in PDF format will have to be uploaded in order to complete a student registration).
Please note that no exceptions will be made for students over 35 years old.

Registration fees must be paid for online by midnight, EST, March 16, 2016 to be eligible for the Early Bird Fee or postmarked by March 6, 2016, if paying by check/money order.

Accompanying person

Paid participants may purchase an accompanying person badge for immediate family members onsite in Istanbul. The registration fee per accompanying person is $75 USD, payable only by credit card (Mastercard or Visa) or cash. No invitation letters will be issued for accompanying persons.

IPSA Travel Grants

The purpose of these funds is to facilitate travel to the world congress by people who live and work in developing economies, who would otherwise not be able to afford it. Recipients must be presenters (authors) or co-presenters (co-authors) at the event and be listed in the program.Travel grant funds will be given to recipients ONSITE and not in advance of the congress.

The IPSA travel grant includes:

  • A grant of $500 US to $1,000 US depending on the geographic region*
  • Complimentary Registration to the World Congress
  • One year IPSA Membership (2016)

* Travel Grant amounts based on region

Region Amount (USD)
Latin America $ 1,000
Africa $    800
Asia $    800
Eastern Europe $    500

The application period for the IPSA Travel Grants is from December 2, 2015 to January 29, 2016. All travel grant applications must be completed online using the IPSA account, without exceptions.

Travel grants applicants will be notified of results on February 25, 2016.

Criteria for application

  • must live and work (or study) in emerging/developing economies (list of eligible countries)
  • must have an accepted paper in the congress program

How to apply

Use the Travel Grant Application link from December 2, 2015 to January 29, 2016.

Documents to provide with application

  • Proof of citizenship (identification page of passport)
  • Proof of work or study (ie. student card, staff card, letter of employment with valid dates) in emerging/developing economies (list of eligible countries)
  • A resume or CV
  • A letter of reference (from place of employment or educational institution, or from the chair or convenor of your panel)

Eligible Countries

The list of eligible countries is based on the UN's list of GDP per capita, in US dollars, and will be available on October 1st, 2015.

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