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.
- The committee publishes two Working Paper Series. Political Concepts focuses on concept analysis and language-use in politics, Political Methodology on research design, theory building, and theory testing in the study of politics.
- The triennial C&M Award on Concept Analysis in Political Science rewards conceptual work of excellence in the study of politics. The triennial Best C&M Working Paper Award recognizes outstanding contributions to our working paper series.
- The C&M collection of syllabi covers graduate and undergraduate courses on political language, concepts, and measurement.
- Les Intraduisibles, the Dictionary of Untranslatable Terms in Politics, discusses political terms of difficult translation from and into English.
- News from Members reports on research projects, publications, conferences, and professional news from C&M members.
- Membership in C&M is open to scholars worldwide and is free. It allows you to submit news, post course syllabi, vote in C&M elections, and share contact information and research interests with other members.