Call for papers: Internet & Politics at the ECPR General Conference – Bordeaux, 4-7 September 2013

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Internet and Politics Section: Towards New Concepts in Political Science?

ECPR General Conference – Bordeaux, France, Sept 4-7, 2013

Deadline for paper proposals: February 1st, 2013; 300-word abstract required.

Chairs: Dr. Fabienne Greffet, Pr. Andrea Römmele

The Internet and Politics field is becoming a more established subfield. Developments in webcampaigning, online political participation, e-deliberation, and e-government have changed the way we study politics. The Internet and Politics field have also brought n

ew methodological developments, for instance through the use of “big data” for research purposes. Previous Internet and Politics Sections at ECPR General Conferences in Potsdam (2009) and Reykjavik (2011) have shown an interest of many political scientists in this field. Following the previous Internet and Politics sections in Potsdam and Reykjavik, this Section aims to investigate how the development of Internet studies is challenging and developing classic concepts in political science, such as “party”, “participation”, or “citizenship”. Conversely, we also want to consider how some of the main approaches within social science – such as gender studies, new institutionalism, constructivism or rational choice theory – are influencing the field of Internet and Politics. Thus, while welcoming empirical analyses, we particularly encourage paper proposals that focus on the deeper conceptual and theoretical foundations of Internet and Politics research. Overall we hope the section will show the relevance of Internet and Politics scholarship for addressing and understanding broader ongoing debates in the discipline and how our work can inform established fields of political enquiry.

The section includes 11 panels (by alphabetical order):

· Digital Government and the Data Deluge

  chairs: Amanda Clarke and Helen Margetts

· E-Diplomacy between Promises and Reality

   chair: Corneliu Bjola

· Internet and International Politics: Comparing Opportunities and Rising Challenges

   chair: Andrea Calderaro

· Offline and Online Political Participation: Comparing Forms and Logics

  chairs: Thierry Vedel and Stéphanie Wojcik

· Partisanship and the New Media: The Effect of the Internet on the Stability of Political Attitudes

   chairs: Ana S. Cardenal and Joan Balcells

· Political Parties in the Digital Age: Has Everything Been Said?

   chairs: Fabienne Greffet and Andrea Römmele

· Public Opinion in the Internet Age

  chairs: Matthew Wall and Laura Sudulich

· The Cyberspace and IR: Conceptual and Theoretical Considerations

chairs: Jan-Frederik Kremer and Benedikt Müller

· The Impact of Digital Technology on Contemporary Repertoires of Contention

   chairs: François Briatte and Yana Breindl

· The Role of Online Media in Politics

   chair: Alexander Trechsel

· Young Citizens’ Socially Mediated Voice in a Cold Economic Climate: Revising Equality and Online Participation

  chairs: Brian Loader and Ariadne Vromen

Each panel welcomes 4-5 papers to be presented, and some other papers could also be discussed without being presented necessarily.

Paper proposals must be sent by Feb, 1st through the ECPR website: You need to login or create an account to propose a paper.

The guidelines can be found here: as well as at the end of this document.

For more security, it is recommended to send a copy of your proposal to panel chairs (but keep in mind that any paper proposal must be submitted through “my ECPR”).


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