The Committee on Concepts and Methods (C&M) is a Research Committee of the International Political Science Association (IPSA). Founded by Giovanni Sartori and friends, it was the first research committee recognized by IPSA in 1970. C&M remains one of the most active IPSA Research Committees. Its institutional home, and sponsor, traditionally rotates with its Chair.  It is currently housed at the University of Texas at Austin, after recent stays at CIDE in Mexico City and the University of Massachusetts Amherst. C&M promotes conceptual and methodological discussion in political science. It provides a forum of debate for adherents of methodological schools who otherwise tend to conduct their deliberations at separate tables.

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In Memoriam.  On April 4, 2017, we lost a great one.  Giovanni Sartori was not only one of the most creative and influential thinkers of our time, but he was also somebody who built and fostered intellectual communities, including this research committee. To say that he will be missed is an enormous understatement.


IPSA Conference on "Political Science in the Digital Age" (Hannover, Germany, December 4-6, 2017) now accepting proposals (until April 15, 2017).  


Digital The Berlin Summer School in the Social Sciences is open for applications (due March 31, 2017).

Political Concepts

Jeffrey W. Paller, "Politics of Daily Life: Process, Networks, Spontaneity", September 2015

Political Methodology

Alena Drieschova, "Peirce’s Semeiotics: A Methodology for Bridging the Material-Ideational Divide in IR Scholarship", November 2014
3/1/2016 - Aramburu Leandro
CfA: 6th Berlin Summer School in Social Sciences - Linking Theory and Empirical Research, Berlin 17- ... more
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