Training, 12 November 2016
Venue: Caucasus Institute
Call for applications
The Caucasus Institute is accepting applications to attend a workshop on Political Sociology on Saturday 12, November 2016, at 10:00 to 18:00, that will focus on sociological approaches to the study of political realities (development, democracy, media, and elections).
The workshop will be conducted by Marina Muskhelishvili, Professor at Georgian American University and Head of the Social Studies Centre, Tbilisi, Georgia, and Eveline Baumann, Socio-economist at the IRD (Institut de recherché pour le développement) and member of Cessma, France.
Instruction language is English.
Political Sociology Training
Saturday 12, November, 2016
10:00 – 18:00
Venue: Caucasus Institute
10: 00 - 11:30 Eveline Baumann Development vs. local values and practices
Development issues are of major concern in all countries of the world, but first and foremost in the Global South where poverty and inequality are widespread. In a globalized world with market economy being ubiquitous, development is becoming more and more an equivalent for the generalisation of market mechanisms and supposedly universal norms. Whereas development is considered as a solution, it is, at the same time, a problem: it may be inconsistent with local values and practices and thus hamper the population’s commitment to the development process.
11:30 - 11:45 Coffee break
11:45 - 13:15 Marina Muskhelishvili Patterns of democracy: many, not one
Institutional arrangements of proportional, majoritarian and populist democracies compared. For countries under democratization it is important to think of varieties of democracies, rather than of the opposition democracy- autocracy. Which pattern is preferable for the given country: Anglo-Saxon or continental European? Is populism a temporary problem or the coming pattern of democracy in XXI century?
13:15 - 14:15 Lunch
14:15 - 15:45 Marina Muskhelishvili Facts, values and opinions: patterns of media discourses in their relation with the patterns of democracy
Media systems and discourses are part of a political system. The public communication attaches shared meaning to "The political", which, in its turn, shapes the institutional performance. Here also, one can distinguish between three ideal type meaning formation media systems: liberal, continental and populist. Recent trends in political communication are feeding both public distrust and new social movements. Would self-mass communication through the internet alter the trend?
15:45 - 16:00 Coffee break
16:00 - 17:30 Marina Muskhelishvili Voting behavior and representation: linking institutional patterns to their discursive meanings
This session will more concentrate on a method, rather than the content. Can we model the ideal-type patterns, discussed above, to apply quantitative methods? Some tentative suggestions will be proposed how to do it. Elements of voting behavior studies, borrowed from the Social Choice methods, may apply, but only at the background of paradigmatic shift that allows for merging institutions and their meanings.
17:30 - 17:45 Closing, feedback
To apply, please submit a brief cover letter (max 300 words) and a CV by pressing APPLY ONLINE button bellow this announcement