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ECPR Standing Group Summer School on Political Parties

Monday, september 13, 2010 - Friday, september 24, 2010

Directors & Contact

Kris Deschouwer (VUB): Kris.Deschouwer@vub.ac.be
Jean-Benoit Pilet (ULB): jpilet@ulb.ac.be


Université Libre de Bruxelles and Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Brussels, Belgium

Target Groups

Students studying for research degrees (M.Phil/Ph.D.) in comparative politics, political parties or democracy. The maximum number of participants is 20 for didactic reasons.

Objectives and Requirements

The theme of the 2010 Summer School is 'Political Parties in Modern Democracies’. It will be taught by an international team of leading academics specializing in comparative studies of European politics, political parties, and democratic performance.

Our aim is to provide researchers with access to a wide range of core analytical perspectives in comparative European politics; to develop a multinational forum for researchers and senior specialists to critically discuss their research projects; and to encourage researchers to produce high-level research with strong potential for future publication.

The School consists of 2 weeks teaching, with around 70 hours class contact made up of roughly equal proportions of staff lectures, student presentations and seminar discussion. There will also be some group activities and a special session in which leading journal editors offer practical advice on getting published.

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Summer school, a special conference will be organized.

Faculty for the 2010 School include Ingrid van Biezen (Leiden), Elisabeth Carter (Keele), Kris Deschouwer (Brussels), David Farrell (Manchester), Zsolt Enyedi (CEU, Budapest), Richard Katz (Johns Hopkins), Hanspeter Kriesi (Zurich), Nonna Mayer (Paris), Petra Meier (Antwerp).

Students are required to submit a 7000-8000 word paper before the start of the School, which will then be presented at one of the Sessions. The papers will be assessed by leading academics teaching at the School, with constructive feedback provided during the Sessions.

Students must attend all Sessions, and critically discuss the paper presentations of fellow students and senior specialists. Successful participation in the School will be fully accredited (10 ECTS or equivalent).


Applicants must email the completed Application Form and a 500-word abstract of their proposed paper to both Programme Directors before 1 June 2010.

Applicants will be informed of the outcome by email as soon as possible. Those offered places must confirm their participation within 7-10 days, after which places may be offered to applicants on the reserve list.


Fee is 750 € per participant. Fees include all lectures, lecture materials, accommodation, breakfast, lunch and social events. Not included: the cost of travel to and from Brussels.

Financial Support

Gratefully received from the Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB), the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), and the Interuniversity Research Programme on Participation and Representation in Modern Democracies (PARTIREP).


Summer School Programme

Application Form


ECPR Standing Group on Political Parties

European Consortium for Political Research

Party Politics Journal

Department of Political Science ULB

Department of Political Science VUB