ECPR Graduate Conference 2012 Report

Sarah Sinram has co-chaired the section “Party Politics“ at the ECPR Graduate Conference in Bremen from 4.-6.7.2012 along with Ann-Kristin Kolln (University of  Twente) and Marco Morini (University of Pavia). The section included five panels on current issues in research on political parties:

  1. The Lives of New Parties: Burning Bright, Burning Out, or Fading Away?
  2. Scaling Down: Behavioural Patterns of Parties and MPs at Subnational Level
  3. Political Parties and their Policy Positions
  4. Parties as Strategic Actors
  5. The Dynamics of Party Systems in Central and Eastern Europe

The former two had been submitted as complete panels. All panels were characterized by a strong coherence but included the benefits of a wide range of methodological approaches as well as insights from the international background of the presenters and the audience. A list of all  submitted papers presented in the “Party Politics“ Section.