Workshop on Innovative Methods in Comparative Politics @CompPolCologne, Cologne

The Cologne Center for Comparative Politics (CCCP) at the University of Cologne will host an international workshop on “Theoretical and Methodological Innovations in Comparative Politics” on November 22-23, 2018. The workshop will feature work of early career scholars and is open to post-doctoral researchers and assistant professors in comparative politics. We invite paper proposals on the following themes: (a) Electoral politics and representation in Europe, (b) Political Institutions, (c) Political Economy, and (d) New Methods for Comparative Research. The proposal submission deadline is June 15. 

The workshop will offer four panels on the following themes:

1. Electoral Politics and Representation in Europe
We invite contributions that explore how political parties and elected politicians represent
citizens’ interests in national political systems in Europe and/or the European Union. We are
particularly interested in papers that combine questions related to the responsiveness of
members of parliament, government-opposition dynamics, and the changing nature of party
competition given the presence of populist parties with novel methodological approaches
and/or data analyses.

2. Political Institutions
We invite contributions that investigate how institutions are adopted, how they change, and
what effects they have on representation and decision-making. Papers may relate to
institutions in multilevel and federal systems, especially with regard to processes of
decentralization and centralization.

3. Political Economy
In the last couple of years, research in political economy has increasingly identified and
dealt with a set of fundamental changes in financial and labor markets that can be
conceived as megatrends in the development of contemporary capitalism, such as
financialization, migration, digitalization, and the reconfiguration of growth models.
Contributions should help us deepening our understanding of how these trends affect
economic and political actors or how, vice versa, actors shape them via policy or institutional
change. Individual papers might focus on the micro-, meso- or macro-level, embrace
comparative case studies or econometric analyses and thus scoop the whole breadth of
theories and methods from political science and neighboring disciplines.

4. New Methods for Comparative Research
We invite papers that introduce new methods for comparative politics research. We are
interested in new developments in computational methods (e.g. political text analysis, big
data) to facilitate cross-national/multilingual analyses as well as in methods in qualitative
and multimethod research and their use for causal inference.

The workshop will accommodate about 12 papers and will take place on November 22-23,
2018 in Cologne.

Submission Details:
Authors must be post-doctoral researchers or assistant professors (or equivalent). Interested
researchers are invited to submit their paper proposals, indicating the desired panel and
including an abstract of 500 words, to cccp-workshop(at) until June 15, 2018.

Authors of accepted papers will be notified by July 15, 2018. Funds are available to cover
accommodation and travel expenses of workshop participants.

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Doctoral Fellowships within the ERC Project “Labour Politics & the EU’s New Economic Governance Regime” at University College Dublin

Doctoral Fellowships within the ERC Project “Labour Politics & the EU’s New
Economic Governance Regime” at University College Dublin
Application deadline: 10 April 2018 Start date: 10 September 2018
The European Research Council (ERC) project Labour Politics & the EU’s New Economic Governance
Regime at the Geary Institute for Public Policy, University College Dublin, invites applications for up
to three doctoral fellowships. The PhD fellows will be supervised by Roland Erne (principle investigator
and professor of European integration & employment relations) and Sabina Stan (senior social scientist
and lecturer in sociology & anthropology). Successful candidates will be part of an interdisciplinary,
multinational team and must enrol in the joint doctoral programme of the Graduate Schools of Business,
Social Sciences and Law.
We welcome original and independent PhD project proposals. However, proposals should fit within the
scope of the ERC project Labour Politics and the EU’s New Economic Governance Regime (www.erceuropeanunions.
eu/about-the-project/). The proposal can be situated in labour studies, sociology, social
anthropology, political economy, or comparative politics and may include:
 Contentious politics; social movements; trade unionism; transnational collective action; interest
group politics; EU politics; political and social consequences of economic crisis; social justice;
Euroscepticism, class politics, technocracy and democracy;
 Interactions between national and EU public policy (e.g. Germany, Italy, Romania and/or Ireland);
access to public services (e.g. right to water, healthcare or transport); labour relations, labour law
and social policy (e.g. wages, pensions, labour regulations).
Eligibility: Candidates must hold a master’s degree (or equivalent) in the social sciences and have
received training in sociology, political sciences, social anthropology, industrial relations, or related
disciplines. They should have experience with qualitative research and a good general knowledge of
labour politics. A firm command of English is required. Working knowledge of one or two additional
European languages is a strong advantage.
Fellowship conditions: Tax-free scholarship (€18,000 p.a. plus €6,170 p.a. fee remission grant); 4-year
contract; access to structured PhD programme including language modules; laptop; conference and
fieldwork expenses. Start date: 10/09/2018.
Application procedure
Required documents: a CV; a transcript of records from each university attended; a cover letter briefly
describing your intellectual trajectory so far and discussing the topics that interest you (2 pages
maximum); a PhD thesis project proposal (2,000 words maximum including abstract); and a writing
sample such as an article, master thesis chapter, or term paper.
Please send the application compiled into a single PDF file to by 10 April 2018
(with “PhD” in the subject line). Shortlisted candidates will be asked to nominate two academic referees
and invited to an online interview. Final decisions will be made by the end of April 2018.
Informal inquiries can be sent to

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Jobs at MPI Cologne

Senior Researcher in Quantitative Methods
as part of the Political Economy Research Group
headed by Prof. Lucio Baccaro
The Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies (MPIfG) is seeking a senior
researcher with excellent skills in quantitative methods and substantive research
interests in political economy or economic sociology.
The successful applicant should have in-depth knowledge of quantitative research
methods, especially with regard to the design and analysis of large surveys. Familiarity
with topic modeling and other techniques of quantitative analysis of textual
data is a plus. The successful candidate will be part of the political economy
research group headed by Prof. Lucio Baccaro. For more information about the
group’s research agenda, please go to > Research.
Applicants are required to have completed a PhD in political science, sociology,
economics, or statistics, and show a promise of excellence in their publication
record. Excellent English is essential.
The position is for an initial three-year period with an option, following a positive
evaluation, for another three years. The successful applicant will have the
opportunity to pursue a habilitation and to teach at the International Max
Planck Research School on the Social and Political Constitution of the Economy
(IMPRS-SPCE, Involvement in the methods training program
at the MPIfG is expected.
We offer excellent working conditions in an internationally oriented research institute.
Pay and benefits depend on qualifications and are based on the German
public sector pay agreement (TVöD Bund).
The Max Planck Society aims to increase the share of women in academic positions.
It supports all employees in achieving work and family life balance and has
been certified by the “berufundfamilie” audit. We are committed to employing
more handicapped individuals and explicitly encourage them to apply.
Please submit your application as a single PDF file at by March 2,
2018. Your application should include a cover letter, a 2-to-3-page project proposal,
a CV, copies of your qualifications, a list of publications, a selected journal
article, and the names and addresses of two referees.

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Bergen, 1 assoc prof, 1 postdoc

Happy new year everyone!

Here come two comparative politics position in Bergen, but I guess this can be interesting for comparative political economists as well.

One (1) Associate Prof position:
. Department of Comparative Politics, University of Bergen, Norway
. Full-time
. Tenured/permanent contract
. Salary: 568,600 – 623,500 NOK (gross annual)
. Good welfare benefits and pension fund (incl. enrollment in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund)
. Good working conditions
. The position is not profiled and open to all specialisations in Political Science
. To some extent, this position corresponds to an “open rank” position as early career scholars with postdoc experience will be considered, whilst senior scholars can be upgraded to Full Professor within their first year of employment.
. Job add and further details can be found here.
.. For more information, please contact the Head of Department of Comparative Politics:
. Deadline: 28.January.2018
One (1) Postdocs:
. Department of Comparative Politics, University of Bergen, Norway
. Full-time
. 4 year contract
. Salary: 490,900 to 517,700 NOK (gross annual)
. Good welfare benefits and pension fund
. Good working conditions
. The postdoc will have a specialization in Multi-Level Governance (understood in a broad way) linked to a project led by Professor Anne Lise Fimreite
. Job add and further details can be found here.
. For more information, please contact the project’s Principal Investigator:
. Deadline: 28.January.2018
Please feel free to disseminate these opportunities further.

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PhD Position in Antwerpen

This comes from Arlo Poletti:

Dear ECPR colleagues,

I would like to draw your attention to a PhD researcher position at the Department of Political Science at the University of Antwerp in Flanders, Belgium. We have a vacancy for a PhD researcher in the project ‘Maintaining Multilateralism: the politics of dispute initiation at the WTO’. The supervisors are Prof. Dr. Dirk De Bièvre (Universiteit Antwerpen) en Prof. Dr. Arlo Poletti (University of Trento, Italy). The project is funded by the Flanders Research Foundation FWO and provides for a fully funded PhD grant for 4 years, plus research and conference funding.

We would be very grateful if you could encourage your best MA students to apply.

Further details on the project as well as on the application procedure are available at:

The deadline is 31 January 2018.

Please contact us if you have any further questions: and


Dirk and Arlo

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Job at Oxford University (assoc. prof.)

For details see here.

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Job at Lund University

This comes from Johannes Lindvall:

I would like to draw your attention to a job opening at Lund University, Sweden. We are currently recruiting an Associate Senior Lecturer in comparative politics. An Associate Senior Lectureship is an attractive four-year position for junior scholars, with lots of time for independent research (and after three and a half years, an Associate Senior Lecturer may apply for promotion to a Senior Lectureship, which is a permanent position).

 The Associate Senior Lecturer position will be affiliated with a large research project on public services in comparative and historical perspective, on which I am collaborating with Ben Ansell in Oxford.

 For more information and a link to the application, please go to

 I would like to emphasize that although this position is affiliated with an externally funded research project, it is our policy that all project members are free to choose their own research questions and methods, as long as they contribute to the project’s general goals.

 There is also an open position for a PhD student in the same project. If you know any bright students who have recently completed or are about to complete their master’s programs and who are interested in pursuing a PhD, please suggest that they apply via

 Don’t hesitate to write to if you have any questions. Apologies for cross-posting.

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Section at ECPR conference 2017

The Standing Group is running a joint section (no.8) together with the SG on Welfare State Reforms at the annual conference in Oslo.


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Assistant Prof. in IPE at LSE

For full details see here:

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PostDoc Munster in Political Economy

For details see here:

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