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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News & Highlights

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).


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
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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Maximilian Carl Emil "Max" Weber (1864-1920)Karl Raimund Popper (1902-1994)Giovanni Sartori (b. 1924)