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.
- 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 tri-annual C&M Award on Concept Analysis in Political Science rewards conceptual work of excellence in the study of politics. The annual 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.