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

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.


Call for Submissions for the 2015 Award for Concept Analysis in Political Science. All submissions must postmarked by 7 January 2015.


APSA 2014 Panel 1 and APSA 2014 Panel 2


IPSA 2014 Panels


Cas Mudde takes over as C&M Working Paper Series editor

Political Concepts

Joachim Blatter, Andrea Blättler & Samuel D. Schmid, "What Happened/s to Inclusion? A Plea and Three Proposals for Closing the Gap between Democratic Theory and Empirical Measurement of Democracies", April 2015

Political Methodology

Alena Drieschova, "Peirce’s Semeiotics: A Methodology for Bridging the Material-Ideational Divide in IR Scholarship", November 2014
4/8/2015 - Beach Derek
The Workshops on Social Science Research at Concordia University is offering two qualitative methods ... more
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Aristotle (384–322 BC)Hanna Fenichel Pitkin (b. 1931)Giovanni Sartori (b. 1924)