International Society of Political Psychology


ECPR Political Psychology Standing Group: Call for papers and panel proposals is now open!

Posted by Stavroula Chrona •

This section, sponsored by the Political Psychology Standing Group, surveys important topics in political psychology research in Europe following the successful tradition of the 2013, 2011, 2009, 2007, and 2005 ECPR conferences in Bordeaux, Reykjavik, Potsdam, Pisa, and Budapest respectively. Goal of the section is to address the psychological aspects of public opinion, political preferences, identity and conflict, hosting panels with theoretically driven empirical research papers from senior and junior international scholars.

The section invites research-based papers investigating the following topics: personality in politics, political ambition and motives, political decision-making, political scandals, political marketing, political communication and the Internet, leadership and policy fiasco’s, political knowledge, party or candidate preference, political opinions, political values, political emotions, and neuropolitics. In addition, the section invites papers on political socialization structures and processes, political identity development, political distrust and cynicism, political violence and terrorism, multiculturalism, fanaticism, group identifications, and civic competence.

The purpose of the section is to further scientific discussion and research across all national scientific communities in Europe on the above topics. Upon completion of the conference, the Political Psychology section intends to proceed with a publication of selected papers from the panels below, as the second volume of work on Advances in in European Political Psychology (first volume is currently in press with Palgrave Publishers).

1.      Political leadership and public opinion
2.      Media, Campaigns and Image-making
3.      Political Knowledge, Socialization and Learning
4.      Political Scandals, Tensions, Crises: management and implications
5.      Extreme Political attitudes: fanaticism, radicalism
6.      New and Old Identities: construction and implications
7.      Conflict vs. Cohesion: threat, phobias, multiculturalism
8.      Advances in Political Psychology: methodological and theoretical contributions

The second stage of the application process is now open to anyone wishing to propose a complete Panel with Papers, and to those who want to propose individual Papers to a particular Section.
If you would like to SUBMIT YOUR PAPER PROPOSAL to the above panels, you can submit your individual proposal to ECPR, indicating it is for the Political Psychology section.
If you would like to SUBMIT A PANEL (4-5 papers plus chair and/or discussant) for the above topics, or a new topic that you feel fits the section, you can send your application directly to ECPR by February 15th.  When completing your application, Panel proposers must include details of Panel Abstract, Chair, Discussant, Papers and Paper givers.

Panel and Paper proposers will also have to complete the proposal process through the MyECPR area of the ECPR website. Once logged in, they will be asked to select which Section their Panel or Paper should be considered for (and, in the case of topics that cross more than one theme, to include the name of the alternative ‘Section’ within their proposal).
The Section of Political Psychology has the code S046.
Panel proposers are also required to select up to three key words.

Please note that all submissions need to be in the ECPR system by February 15th, or they cannot be considered for the section or the 2014 program.
From 16 February 2014, Section Chairs can view Panels and Papers being proposed to their Section via MyECPR. From this date we will be able to accept and reject Panel and Paper proposals. Section Chairs have until 15 March 2014 to finalise Sections via MyECPR.

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