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Events

Upcoming Events

Talks and Conference Presentations

Patricia Correa Vila will present a paper on 'Why Parties Narrow their Representative Profile: Evidence from Party Surveys in Six European Democracies' at the 'Change and Future Viability of Party Democracy in Europe' Conference, 13-14 October 2017, in Düsseldorf, Germany.

 

Conference Panels, Workshops and Research Sessions

Nicole Bolleyer and Patricia Correa Vila organize bi-monthly Cemap/Q-Step 'Cake for Comments' research sessions discussing work in progress of staff of the Centre for Elections, Media and Participation and the Exeter Q-Step Centre taking place at the University of Exeter.

 

Other News

Milka Ivanovska Hadjievska is conducting a short research stay at the University of Amsterdam, at the Department of Political Science, programme group 'Challenges to democratic representation' during September-October 2017 to work on her project 'Regulatory Constraints and Benefits: Consequences for Professionalisation and Membership Involvement of Voluntary Organisations in UK and the Netherlands'

Nicole Bolleyer has been appointed for a four-year term to the Core Group of Experts on Political Parties of the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) belonging to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).

Nicole Bolleyer has won a visiting fellowship at the Constitutional Law & Political Science Department, University of Valencia, to work on 'The Multilevel Foundations of New Party Performance' in 2018. 

Nicole Bolleyer chaired the APSA Award Committee for the 2017 William Anderson Award for the best dissertation in the field of federalism or intergovernmental relations, state and local politics.

Oscar Barberà, Assistent Professor at the University of Valencia, spent a visiting fellowship at Exeter July - October 2016 to work on 'Intra-Party Democracy and Party-Interest Group Relations'.

Nicole Bolleyer was elected to serve on the Steering Committee of the ECPR Standing Group for Political Parties of the European Consortium of Political Research.

Valeria Smirnova, University of Cologne, was awarded the Peter Mair Prize for her paper on the reform of political finance regulation. The Prize is awarded to the best paper presented at the 25th ECPR PhD Summer School on Political Parties (http://political-parties-standing-group.com/summer-school/). The Summer School took place at the Leuphana University in Lueneburg, Germany.

Nicole Bolleyer held a prestigious Fernand Braudel Senior Fellowship for a research stay at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy, in spring-summer 2017.

Anika Gauja, University of Sydney, won a Visiting International Academic Fellowship co-funded by the International Office and SSIS and visited Exeter in February 2016 to enhance collaboration on 'Anti-Extremist Legislation in Westminster Democracies'.

Johannes Martin Jaeger, PhD Researcher at the Law Faculty of the University Würzburg, spent a visiting fellowship at Exeter in early 2016 to work on his project 'Intra-Party Democracy in Germany and the UK'.

 

Past Events

Talks and Conference Presentations

Milka Ivanovska and Torill Stavenes presented a paper on ‘The Regulatory Hand of the State: Professionalisation of Parties, Advocacy Groups and Service Providing Organisations’ at the ECPR General Session September, September 6-9 2017 in Oslo, Norway.

Patricia Correa Vila presented a paper on 'The Role(s) of Members in Parties and Groups in Four European Democracies' at the ECPR General Session September, September 6-9 2017 in Oslo, Norway (co-auhored with Nicole Bolleyer).

Patricia Correa Vila presented a paper on 'Patterns of Party Change: New Evidence from Party Surveys in Six European Democracies' at the ECPR General Session September, September 6-9 2017 in Oslo, Norway (co-authored with Nicole Bolleyer).

Nicole Bolleyer co-chaired the Section 'Political Parties: Transformation or Decline?' at the ECPR General Session September 6-9 2017 in Olso, Norway. 

Saskia Ruth presented a paper on ‘Party Institutionalization as Multilevel Concept: Base- and Elite-level Routinization - Two Sides of the Same Coin?’ at the Workshop ‘Different Worlds of Political Party Development: The Comparative Analysis of the Institutionalization of Political Parties',  July 23-24 2017, University of  Duisburg, Germany (co-authored with Nicole Bolleyer).

Nicole Bolleyer gave the first 'Peter Mair Legacy Lecture' of the Research Network on "Elections, Parties and Party Systems" on 'The Rise and Decline of New Parties' at the 24th International Conference of Europeanists,  July 13 2017 in Glasgow, UK.

Nicole Bolleyer and Patricia Correa Vila presented a paper on 'The Role(s) of Members in Parties and Groups in Four European Democracies' at the 24th International Conference of Europeanists, July 13 2017 in Glasgow, UK.

Milka Ivanovska Hadjievska presented a paper on 'The Impact of Indirect State Benefits on Professionalization and Membership Involvement: A Study of Voluntary Membership Organizations in the UK' at the 8thECPR Summer School on Interest Group Politics, June 29 – July 07, 2017, University of Bremen/BIGSSS, Germany.

Nicholas Dickinson presented a paper on 'Advice-Giving and Party Loyalty: An Informational Model for the Socialisation Process of New British MPs' at the 14th AFSP Congress, July 10-12th 2017 in Montpellier, France.

Valeria Smirnova (Heinrich-Heine-University, Düsseldorf) presented the paper 'Why Change the Rules of the Game? Evidence on Regulation of Party Finance Transparency from Norway' at the International Political Science Association Research Conference on Political Finance and Political Corruption, July 3, 2017, Valencia, Spain (co-authored with Torill Stavenes).

Torill Stavenes presented the paper ‘Unpacking the Concept of Centralization: A Study of Hierarchical and Vertical Decision-Making Power in Political Parties’ at the Breaking Boundaries, Humanities and Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Conference, April 27, 2017, Cardiff, Wales.

Nicholas Dickinson presented a paper on 'Advice-Giving and Party Loyalty: The Role of Information Acquisition in the Socialisation Experiences of New British MPs' at the ECPR Joint Sessions, April 25-30 2017 in Nottingham, UK.

Felix-Christopher von Nostitz presented a paper on 'Judicial Decision-Making and Conflict Resolution within Political Parties' at the ECPR Joint Sessions, April 25-30 2017 in Nottingham, UK (co-authored with Nicole Bolleyer and Nils-Christian Bormann).

Patricia Correa Vila and Juan Rodríguez Teruel (Universitat de València) presented a paper on 'Selecting Candidates through Party Primaries: Voters and Members’ Preferences in the 2014 Local Open Primary in Barcelona' at the ECPR Joint Sessions, April 25-30 2017 in Nottingham, UK.

Tim Bale (Queen Mary University, London) presented a paper on 'Party Members in the UK: Preliminary Findings', February 16 2017, University of Exeter, 12.30-2pm, Forum Seminar Room 9.

Valeria Smirnova (University of Cologne) and Torill Stavenes presented the paper 'Why Change the Rules of the Game? Evidence on Regulation of Party Finance Transparency from Norway' at the Düsseldorf Graduate Conference on Party Research, GraPa, February 10 2017, Düsseldorf, Germany.

Nicole Bolleyer presented a paper on 'The Regulation of Parliamentary Ethics in Europe' in the Research Seminar of the Department of Politics, University of Southampton, November 30 2016 (co-authored with Fabrizio di Mascio, Alessandro Natalini and Valeria Smirnova).

Nicole Bolleyer presented a paper on 'Party Death in Advanced Democracies', November 14 2016, at the Chair of Political Theory and Empirical Democracy Research, University of Stuttgart, Germany (co-authored Patricia Correa Vila and Gabriel Katz).

Nicolas Dickinson presented a paper on 'Parliamentary Advice and Party Discipline in the House of Commons’, October 12 2016, in a Cemap/Q-Step 'Cake for Comments' research session at the University of Exeter.

Torill Stavenes, presented a paper on 'The Relationship between State Resources and New Minor Party Organizations. Evidence from Norway and Italy', at the ECPR Summer School on Political Parties, September 16 2016, Nottingham, UK.

Patricia Correa Vila presented a paper on 'Parties and Associations in the UK and Norway' at the EPOP Conference, September 10 2016, Canterbury, UK (co-authored with Nicole Bolleyer).

Patricia Correa Vila presented a project proposal on ‘Multilevel Party Organization in Federal States’ June 22 2016, in a Cemap/Q-Step 'Cake for Comments' research session at the University of Exeter.‌

Joost van Spanje, VU Amsterdam, presented his research project on 'Legal Action against Anti-Immigrant Parties in Advanced Democracies’, May 25 2016, in a Cemap/Q-Step 'Cake for Comments' research session at the University of Exeter.

Nicole Bolleyer, Nils-Christian Bormann and Felix Christopher von Nostitz (all Exeter) presented a paper on 'Conflict Regulation in Political Parties', May 11 2016, in a Cemap/Q-Step 'Cake for Comments' research session at the University of Exeter.

Liam Weeks, University College Cork, presented a paper on 'From Cartel Party to Traditional Membership Organisation: Electoral Decline and Organisational Transformation of Fianna Fáil’, May 8 2016, at the Book Conference on the 'Evolution of Fianna Fáil' at O'Connell House, Dublin (co-authored with Nicole Bolleyer).

Nicole Bolleyer presented a paper on 'The Survival and Death of New Parties', May 2 2016, at the Department of Government, University Vienna, Austria (co-authored with Raimondas Ibenskas and Carina Bischoff).

Nicole Bolleyer presented a paper on 'Conflict of Interest Regulation', March 16 2016, at the Department of Politics, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK (co-authored with Valeria Smirnova).

Patricia Correa Vila presented a paper on ‘Comparing Incentives and Party Activism in US and Europe: PSOE, PP and the California Democratic Party’ March 2 2016, in a Cemap/Q-Step 'Cake for Comments' research session at the University of Exeter (co-authored with Juan Rodriguez-Teruel).

Anika Gauja (University of Sydney) presented a paper on 'Democratic Self-Defence Before and After 9/11: Anti-Extremist Measures in Established Common Law Democracies' at the Australian Political Studies Association Conference, September 30th 2015, Canberra, Australia (co-authored with Nicole Bolleyer).

Felix-Christopher von Nostitz presented a paper on 'Are they in or are they out: The diversity of forms of political participation and its regulation across party organisations' at the APSA Annual Conference, September 3-6, San Francisco CA, United States (co-authored with Giulia Sandri).

Nicole Bolleyer and Valeria Smirnova (University of Cologne) presented the paper 'Conflict of Interest Regulation and Asset Disclosure in Old and New Democracies: Implications for Citizens’ Trust in Parliaments' at the EPOP Conference, September 12th 2015, Cardiff, UK (co-authored with Fabrizio di Mascio and Alessandro Natalini).

Nicole Bolleyer presented a paper on 'State Regulation and Party Membership' at the EPOP Conference, September 12th 2015, Cardiff, UK (co-authored with Mariana Skirmuntt).

Mariana Skirmuntt presented a paper on 'State Regulation and Party Membership in Advanced Democracies' at the EPSA Annual Conference, June 25-27 2015, Vienna, Austria (co-authored with Nicole Bolleyer).

Nicole Bolleyer presented paper on ‘Political Parties and Inter-Parliamentary Cooperation in Federal Systems and the European Union’ at the Workshop on ‘Federal Challenges and Challenges to Federalism’, June 18-19 2015, Hertie School of Governance, Berlin, Germany.

Nicole Bolleyer presented on 'The Regulation of Groups and Parties: Comparative Challenges and Implications', May 20 2015, Departmental Seminar, Politics Department, University of Warwick, UK.

Nicole Bolleyer presented a paper on ‘New Parties after Breakthrough in Advanced Democracies’ at the PRuF Symposion on ‘Etablierungschancen neuer Parteien’, April 24-25 2015, Heinrich-Heine Universitaet Duesseldorf, Germany (co-authored with Evelyn Bytzek, University of Landau).

Nicole Bolleyer and Anika Gauja (University of Sydney) presented a paper on ‘Legal Conceptions of Organizational Membership - Implications for Intra-Party Dynamics and Democracy’ at the PSA Annual Conference, March 31 2015, Sheffield, UK.

Nicole Bolleyer and Anika Gauja (University of Sydney) presented a paper on ‘The Connections between Voluntary-Sector and Counterterrorism Regulation: How ‘Liberal’ are the Six Long-Lived Westminster Democracies?’ at the PSA Annual Conference, March 30 2015, Sheffield, UK.

Nicole Bolleyer presented on ‘The Regulation of Organizational Life in Advanced Democracies’, Departmental Seminar Series, Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Exeter, January 29 2014.

Nicole Bolleyer presented on ‘The Regulation of Organizational Life in Advanced Democracies’, Department of Politics, University of Nottingham, March 26 2014.

Nicole Bolleyer presented on ‘The Regulation of Organizational Life in Advanced Democracies: Conceptual and Operational Challenges in Comparing Organization-Relevant Regulation’, Paper Prepared for the ECPR Joint Sessions, April 10-14th 2014, Salamanca, Spain.

Nicole Bolleyer and Thomas Morton presented on ‘The Management of Intra-Organizational Dissent:  Choice of Mechanisms and Intra-Organizational Repercussions’, Interdisciplinary HASS Talk, Social and Political Participation Group, May 5 2014.

Nicole Bolleyer, Raimondas Ibenskas and Dan Keith presented on ‘The Success and Divorce of Party Mergers in European Democracies’, Paper Prepared for the CEMaP Lunch Seminar, June 11 2014, Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Exeter, UK.

Nicole Bolleyer presented on ‘The Informal Usage of State Resources by Political Parties: Assessing the Regulation of Resource Access and its Limitations in the UK’, Paper Prepared for the Conference in the Honour of Adrienne Héritier FU Berlin, July 4-5 2014, Berlin, Germany.

Nicole Bolleyer and Marianna Skirmuntt presented on ‘The Regulation of Organizational Life in Advanced Democracies’, Paper Prepared for the APSA Annual Conference, August 30-September 2nd 2014, Washington, US.

Felix Christopher von Nostitz presented on ‘Intra-Party Conflict and Party Performance: Three German Parties in Comparative Perspective’, Paper Prepared for the ECPR General Conference, September 3-6 2014, Glasgow, UK (co-authored with Nicole Bolleyer and Mariana Skirmuntt).

Evelyn Bytzek (University of Landau) presented on ‘New Party Performance in Advanced Democracies: Origin, Leadership, Institutions’, Paper Prepared for the ECPR General Conference, September 3-6 2014, Glasgow, UK (co-authored with Nicole Bolleyer).

Raimondas Ibenskas presented on ‘Forms of Inter-Party Cooperation: Electoral Coalitions and Party Mergers and their Implications’, Conference on Parties and Democracy in Post-communist Europe, European University Institute, September 18-19 2014, Florence, Italy (co-authored with Nicole Bolleyer).

Nicole Bolleyer presented on ‘Regulating Political Parties: Regulatory Scope and Strategies in Advanced Democracies’, London Public Policy Seminars, organized by LSE, King’s College and UCL, December 4th 2014.

 

Conference Panels and Workshops

Nicole Bolleyer organized a panel on 'The Study of Parties and Interest Groups: From Parallel to Overlapping Research Agendas' to be held at the 24th International Conference of Europeanists, July 12-14, 2017 in Glasgow, UK.

Nicole Bolleyer and Patricia Correa Vila organized a project workshop on 'Regulating Civil Society' June 30-July 1 2016 on the consequences of  legal regulation for parties, interest groups and civil society organizations, bringing together party and interest group scholars from the UK, Europe and the US. See the workshop programme here: ERC Workshop Programme

Nicole Bolleyer organized a panel on 'Regulating Political Actors in Old and New Democracies: Parties, Politicians, Interest Groups' at the EPOP Conference, September 12th 2015, Cardiff, UK.

Nicole Bolleyer organized a workshop on the 'Regulation of Conflict of Interest and Asset Disclosure in European Democracies' which took place May 5-6 2015 with Fabrizio di Mascio, Policy Advisor at the Italian Anti-Corruption Agency in Rome, and Valeria Smirnova, Researcher at the University of Cologne, supported by the ERC and an ADR Project Development Fund, University of Exeter.

Raimondas Ibenskas and Nicole Bolleyer organized an EU-funded Workshop on ‘Party Support and Party Evolution in Advanced and New Democracies’ on 13th March 2015, University of Exeter, 11am-4pm, XFI, Seminar Room A.

Nicole Bolleyer and Anika Gauja (University of Sydney) organized a Conference Panel on ‘Defending Democracy through Counter-Terrorism Legislation?’ at the PSA Annual Conference, March 30 2015.

Felix Christopher von Nostitz and Nicole Bolleyer organized a Conference Panel on ‘Linking Intra-Party Democracy and Party Organizational Change’ at the PSA Annual Conference, March 30-April 1 2015.

Nicole Bolleyer and Darren Halpin (Australian National University) organized the Workshop ‘Political Organisation in Transformation? The Impact of State Regulation on Parties, Interest Groups and NGOs in Advanced Democracies’, ECPR Joint Sessions, April 10-14th 2014, Salamanca, Spain.

Nicole Bolleyer and Elizabeth Bloodgood (Concordia University Montreal) organized the Panel on ‘The Regulation of Organizational Life in Advanced Democracies: Between State Support and State Encroachment’, APSA Annual Conference, August 30-September 2nd 2014, Washington, US.