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, and is currently sponsored by CIDE in Mexico City and the Department of Political Science at 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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News & Highlights

C&M call for papers for the 2016 APSA conference to be held in Philadelphia, 1 - 4 September 2016.


C&M is co-sponsoring (with Qualitative Methods) two panels at the APSA Annual Conference to be held in San Francisco, 3 - 6 September 2015.


C&M call for papers for the 2016 IPSA World Congress to be held in Istanbul, 23 - 28 July 2016.


The recipient of the 2015 Award for Concept Analysis in Political Science is Robert Adcock's Liberalism and the Emergence of American Political Science: A Transatlantic Tale (Oxford University Press, 2014).


Call for papers for the IPSA Conference on Methods in Political Science: A Rainbow of Challenges to be held at the University of Antwerp, Belgium, September 17-18, 2015.

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
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