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Sect. 41 - Political Psychology
This section seeks proposals that use a psychological lens to examine political belief and behavior. Additionally, this section seeks proposals that examine political phenomena in the service of developing and enhancing psychological theory. Proposals may focus on the intersection of politics and the following topics (among others): emotions, information-processing, neuroscience, identity, intergroup relations, media effects, personality, and biological processes. Proposals that employ methodological innovations are especially welcome. Empirical tests can be grounded in American politics, comparative politics, or international relations. Finally, both junior and senior scholars are encouraged to consider volunteering as panel chairs and/or discussants.
Sect. 42 - Class and Inequality
Sect. 43 - Gender and Politics
This section welcomes papers, panels and roundtable proposals dealing with the gender dimensions of a broad range of topics. I am particularly interested in papers and panels that explore the diverse facets of women’s political participation and representation in various institutions (i.e., legislative, executive, or judicial branches of politics) as well as in local, regional, national, and transnational levels, the interplay between descriptive and substantive representation, the development and use of innovative data, theories, and empirical strategies to further gender research, the evolving role of women’s groups and the women’s movement in society, the role of gender in the formation of political identities, and the development of social policies related to women in both developing and developed countries.
Sect. 44 - Race, Class and Ethnicity
This section is interested in producing rigorous empirical and theoretical knowledge of the roles that race, class, and ethnicity--or the intersection of any of these categories--play in U.S. politics or in comparative perspective. The section invites papers, panels and roundtable proposals that aim to develop and/or refine appropriate theoretical models in the study of race, class, and ethnicity. Especially welcome are papers that emphasize new theoretical insights and those that represent innovative methodological approaches to relationship between race, class, ethnicity, and politics.
Sect. 45 - Foundations of Political Theory
What questions, concepts, categories, works, and figures are foundational to political theory, and how and why do they matter? Especially welcome are answers to this question that go beyond the Western tradition, seeking the foundations of political thought in non-Western contexts. Relatedly, this section invites papers and panels grappling with the question of how we should envision the history or genealogy of political thought, whether through perennial debates, temporal or spatial comparison, or thematic and conceptual perspectives
Sect. 46 - Political Theory: Critical and Normative
The Chairs of this section invite proposals for papers and panels in which authors/participants critically assess political ideas, concepts, practices or discourses. We are interested in work that illustrates how political theory figures in our understanding and evaluation of political phenomena and/or in meta-level reflection upon different theoretical perspectives from which we can think critically about relations of power.
Sect. 47 - Political Philosophy: Approaches and Themes
All social-scientific inquiry depends upon an appeal to concepts and values that are contestable in principle, and that are often contested in fact. It follows that the intelligent conduct of social scientific inquiries depends, among other things, on sustained reflection about the concepts and values that guide, or that should guide, these inquiries. This is the principal function that political theory serves within the broader discipline of political science. I therefore welcome paper and panel proposals from a wide variety of methodological and substantive approaches which encourage the reader to think critically about the concepts and values that we bring to the study of political life. I especially welcome proposals which, in addition to drawing connections within and across theoretical debates, draw connections between these debates and real-world political events and controversies.
Sect. 48 - Liberalism and Democratic Theory
This section invites papers, panels and roundtable proposals that explore democratic theory and/or liberalism. We welcome critical engagements with theorists of democracy in the history of ideas; with contemporary problems of democratic theory and/or liberalism; and with particular models of democracy. We encourage submission of critical treatments of democracy through the lens of gender and race, and the examination of democracy and difference in general. Explorations of tensions between democracy and liberalism, genealogies of liberalism, and the challenges to democracy brought about by neoliberalism are all welcome. We also invite submissions that consider the joint trajectories of liberalism and empire. Finally, we welcome proposals that theorize democracy along migration, transnational activism, and cosmopolitanism.
Sect. 49 - Contemporary Political Theory
This section welcomes submissions in contemporary political theory, broadly defined. Submissions that are especially welcome will address: late twentieth and twenty-first century political thinkers from within political science and beyond; comparative political theory; contemporary issues of global political thought and practice; the connection of contemporary political theory to political action; the status of critical theory; contemporary framing of such political problems as justice, environmental change, forms of domination, and so forth; the role of political theory in the contemporary formation of the discipline of political science. Single paper proposals are welcome. Panel proposals are also welcome and should include participants from multiple institutions and who are at different levels of their careers (e.g., graduate students and faculty).
Sect. 50 - Formal Modeling
The section welcomes submissions covering the entire range of political science scholarship, distinguished by approach rather than topic. Theoretical and empirical analyses of substantive political science questions based on game theory, social choice theory, decision theory, behavioral decision theory, laboratory experimentation, agent-based or other computational techniques, and other formal methods -- or papers advancing the frontiers or critiquing the use of these approaches -- are especially appropriate.
Sect. 51 - Methodology
The Methodology section welcomes papers, panels and roundtable proposals that highlight areas where political science has made distinctive methodological contributions rather than just imported techniques, but is also interested in applied methodological papers focusing on the practical challenges in empirical political research. In all cases, we seek to keep the scope and epistemology of political methodology as broad and inclusive as possible. We particularly welcome full panel proposals around these or any other relevant themes that fit into the sub-discipline.
Sect. 52 - Political Parties and Interest Groups
The section welcomes proposals for papers, panels, and roundtables that examine any kind of political organization, including parties and interest groups, as well as social movements/social movement organizations, and politically active corporations, institutions, or associations. Work that addresses the implications of parties, organizations, and movements for inequality and marginalization (e.g., race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality, disability, religion, nationality, and other axes of oppression and identity) is particularly welcome. The section encourages proposals for papers and panels that examine parties and organizations in a single country, across countries, or transnationally, as well as proposals that bring together work from across subfields, methodologies, and epistemological approaches.
Sect. 53 - Presidency & Executive Politics
The section welcomes papers, panels, and roundtable proposals that address core questions of executive governance, broadly defined, both in the United States and around the world. We encourage submissions that employ innovative theoretical and methodological approaches to yield new perspectives on long-standing questions. These could include, but are not limited to, analyses of the creation, maintenance, and exercise of executive authority; relations with the legislature and judiciary; the internal organization and management of the executive branch; policy implementation; and challenges to executive authority.
Sect. 54 - Legislative Institutions
The section welcomes proposals that address theoretical and empirical questions involving legislatures in the U.S., other national or subnational legislatures, or those in a comparative context. Research questions should focus on the institutional nature of legislatures or parliaments, such as parties, committees, rules and procedure, floor politics, leadership and coalition building, budgeting, advocacy, or representation. The section is particularly interested in original research that features rigorous theory, innovative research designs, and investigations that lead to the evaluation of causal claims. These might include new data, approaches, and methodological innovations. Although both panel and individual paper proposals are invited, individual paper proposals are generally easier to accommodate.
Sect. 55 - Law & Jurisprudence
The section welcomes proposals for papers, panels (including author-meets-critics) and roundtables exploring how politics, institutions, ideas, and arguments shape and constrain the law’s development. Papers may employ normative or empirical approaches, tackle philosophical and jurisprudential questions, offer doctrinal analysis or historical perspectives, focus on institutional design, and/or apply cross-national or cross-disciplinary perspectives. Innovations to traditional approaches to the study of law and jurisprudence are especially welcome.
Sect. 56 - Law & Society
This section welcomes proposals for papers, panels and roundtables exploring the law as a social institution and the interrelationship of legal, social and/or ethical issues. Proposals exploring the legal implications of policy and decision-making from an interdisciplinary approach are also welcome. Law and society is traditionally an interdisciplinary field and as such this section welcomes submissions that cross disciplinary boundaries or employ diverse theoretical or methodological approaches.
Sect. 57 - Judicial Politics
The Judicial Politics section invites proposals for papers, panels, and roundtables exploring the role of legal actors and legal institutions in American and comparative politics. I welcome proposals from diverse theoretical and methodological orientations, particularly those that develop novel theory, employ original data, or bring fresh methodological approaches to the study of judicial politics.
Sect. 58 - State & Intergovernmental Politics
This section welcomes papers, panels and roundtables that focus on issues of state politics and American federalism. Of special interest are papers that develop and/or test general theories of political behavior, institutions, or policy making using the methodological advantages arising from the substantial variance found across the U.S.
Sect. 59 - Urban & Local Politics
The section welcomes papers, panels and roundtable proposals with a strong theoretical motivation focusing on various aspects of public policy and politics in local governments, metropolitan areas, and regions. Work using newly collected data on urban areas and local governments is especially encouraged. "Author Meets Critics" and roundtable submissions are welcome.
Sect. 60 - Comparative Public Policy
The section welcomes papers, panels, and roundtable proposals with a strong theoretical foundation focusing on the development of public policy theory through comparative research. Research that advances our theoretical understanding of public policy, while being methodologically rigorous is particularly encouraged. "Comparative" is inclusive of comparisons across countries, regions, states, time, etc. The section welcomes work that focuses on single or multiple policies, as well as research on non-North American and European cases. Papers that introduce innovative theories or use new data are particularly welcome.
Sect. 61 - Health, Education & Social Policy
This section welcomes papers, panels and roundtable proposals for any aspect of health, education or social policy. Studies may focus on the United States, but comparative investigations are also welcome. Of special interest are studies that examine how theoretical questions in political science apply to these policy areas, or how policy in these areas can contribute to our theoretical understandings of how politics works. We welcome full panel proposals and are particularly interested in studies that engage experimental work in the lab, field, survey and natural environments.
Sect. 62 - Crime, Policy & Social Control
This section welcomes papers, panels, and roundtables that examine how public policies impact, and are impacted by, the processes of control, use and restriction of force, marginalization, and punishment in society. We especially welcome papers that examine the intersections between a variety of policy issues in this broad domain. We are open to quantitative and qualitative methodologies.
Sect. 63 - Environmental Politics & Policy
The section invites papers, panels and roundtable proposals that focus on the politics of environmental problems and/or the processes by which they are addressed. Proposed papers and panels that emphasize comparative environmental politics are encouraged, as are papers that emphasize theory building and empirical testing with cutting-edge political methodology. Of particular interest are papers that use environmental policy as a critical research setting to address core questions in political science and public policy.
Sect. 64 - Information Technology and Politics
Information technology continues to have a widespread influence on politics. Indeed, it sometimes seems like the pace of technology has far surpassed the pace of research on that technology. How has information technology most influenced political actors and institutions? How has information technology changed the ability of actors to influence politics? How does the spread of user-generated content affect the growth of grassroots movements? What theories and methods are most useful for the study of information technology and elections? The Information Technology and Politics (ITP) section welcomes paper, panel, roundtable, and poster session proposals that contribute to our understanding of the impact of IT on politics and policy (and vice-versa). We also welcome proposals that apply or evaluate IT in innovative ways as an instrument for teaching, data collection and dissemination, and statistical/information visualization and analysis.
Sect. 65 - Public Policy
This section welcomes papers, panels and roundtable proposals on the broad range of topics related to public policy. The section encourages papers that advance on theoretical and empirical questions in public policy research across all major theoretical and methodological approaches. Papers that leverage variation across time, institutions, or policy fields are especially welcome. Both panel and individual paper proposals are invited.
Sect. 66 - Bureaucratic Politics
The Bureaucratic Politics section concerns the behavior of individual bureaucrats in their organizational environment; the interaction of public bureaucracies with external stakeholders such as courts, interest groups, legislatures, the executive branch, other bureaucracies and governmental units, and society at large; the role and legitimacy of bureaucracies in the policy process; the antecedents and design of bureaucratic structures; and the effect of bureaucratic structure on behavior and performance. The section welcomes submissions from any theoretical creed or methodological persuasion in social science, including but not limited to organizational behavior, social psychology, rational choice, game theory, historical institutionalism, case narratives, comparative case studies, statistical models, ethnography, and laboratory experiments.
Sect. 67 - Non-Profit & NGO Administration
Sect. 68 - Public Administration
The public administration section welcomes submissions from all areas and traditions of the field, broadly construed. The section is especially interested in submissions that are theoretically innovative and methodologically rigorous. Submissions that focus on a particular national or sub-national political system are welcome, as are submissions that are comparative in their orientation.
Sect. 69 - Politics & History
The section welcomes proposals for papers, panels and roundtable proposals covering the broad scope of the study of politics and institutions using historical perspectives to address issue areas of contemporary concern. In particular, the section encourages submissions from scholars whose work focuses on themes related to major political processes and concepts, such as institutional development, idea formation and political culture, state building, party building, democratization, citizenship, political identity, and representation. We encourage research in the traditions of American political development, comparative-historical analysis, and historical-institutionalism more broadly, as well as theoretical work that links these research programs together.
Sect. 70 - Politics & Religion
The section welcomes papers, panels and roundtable proposals that address the interaction between religion and politics from all subfields in political science using diverse methodological approaches, especially submissions that use religion to address broader theoretical questions in political science that would be of interest to non-specialists.
Sect. 71 - Research on Teaching & Learning
The section welcomes paper, panel and roundtable proposals on all topics related to educating both undergraduate and graduate students. Proposals could explore such topics as: assessment, civic engagement, curriculum development, diversity within the classroom, experiential learning, internships, service learning, simulations, teaching strategies, and technology. Papers that use empirical evidence (broadly construed) to make and assess claims about the effectiveness of teaching practice are particularly encouraged. Qualitative, interpretive, quantitative, theoretical, or philosophical approaches will all be considered.
Sect. 72 - Subfield: Methodology
This section welcomes proposals for posters and presentations on political methodology. Submissions might include but are not limited to discussions of methodological tools for political scientists and contributions to substantive questions using advanced analytical methodologies.
Sect. 73 - Subfield: American Politics
This section welcomes proposals for posters and presentations in the subfield of American Politics.
Sect. 74 - Subfield: Comparative Politics
This section welcomes proposals for posters and presentations in the subfield of Comparative Politics (see Section 75 Comparative Politics of Developing Countries).
Sect. 75 - Subfield: Politics of Developing Countries
This section welcomes proposals for posters and presentations in the subfield of Comparative Politics that have to do with countries in the developing world (see Section 74 to submit other proposals on Comparative Politics).
Sect. 76 - Subfield: International Relations
This section welcomes proposals for posters and presentations on topics in international relations. Submissions may focus on any subfield of international relations, including (but not limited to) peace and conflict studies, international security, foreign policy, international political economy, and international organizations. A broad mix of papers is encouraged, including those informed by any of the major theoretical approaches in international relations, interdisciplinary approaches to international relations questions, and papers using a variety of methodologies to approach important international relations questions.
Sect. 77 - Subfield: Public Policy & Public Administration
The public policy and public administration poster and lightning talk section invites submission from theoretically motivated research on public policy process, policy analysis, and public administration, defined broadly. The section welcomes submissions from a wide range of theoretical and methodological perspectives that extend our understanding of the political, institutional, and social influences on policy-making, offer insights into the nuances public policy analysis and evaluation, or which contribute new approaches to public policy research. The section also invites submissions from papers that engage historical or current debates across a range of national and international policy areas.
Sect. 78 - Subfield: Political Theory
This section welcomes poster and lightning talk proposals presenting innovative and creative political theory research. This may include research that investigates innovative applications of canonical texts, as well as creative explorations of the boundaries of how far political theory may stretch. Inquiries into whether genres and texts other than what we typically consider political philosophy, may pose some of the same questions as political philosophy or political theory, are especially welcome. Equally welcome are projects that apply political theoretical insight in unconventional areas.
Sect. 79 - Subfield: Political Behavior
This section welcomes proposals for posters and presentations in the area of Political Behavior, defined very broadly. Projects that focus on voting, attitudes and activism of various forms are welcome, as are studies of more foundational political beliefs and orientations. We invite scholars who study American political behavior as well as scholars who study behavioral dynamics in other countries (or who compare across countries) to apply. Research that devotes attention to various levels and types of context in shaping political behavior and its outcomes will be particularly well received.
Sect. 80 - Subfield: Political Institutions
Sect. 81 - Undergraduate Research Posters: International Relations and Comparative Politics
This section welcomes proposals from undergraduate students researching comparative politics and international relations, broadly defined. Undergraduate proposals from any subfield and theoretical or methodological approach addressing the study of international politics or the comparative or domestic politics of states other than the United States are encouraged.
Sect. 82 - Undergraduate Research Posters: Political Science
Sect. 83 - Professional Development
Sect. 84 - Working Groups
A working group is a conference within a conference. Participants commit to attend a small group of related or organized sessions. A volunteer coordinator for each working group proposes a theme, selects and/or organizes sessions for the group to attend, promotes the working group, and facilitates communication among participants. A working group consists of 10-25 participants. The MPSA assigns meeting space, maintains a roster of participants, and provides a certificate of participation upon completion, if requested. A working group may meet before and after a session(s) or during lunch for additional discussion and interaction. *The person who submits a topic in this section must have a Ph.D. to do so.
Sect. 85 - Midwest Women’s Caucus
Sect. 86 - Society for Greek Political Thought
The Society for Greek Political Thought is an interdisciplinary organization devoted to the study of classical political thinking in all of its forms. We welcome paper, roundtable, and panel proposals on the political philosophy, politics, and politically-relevant poetry of the ancient Greeks.
Sect. 87 - Caucus for LGBT Political Science
The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) Caucus welcomes proposals that address key facets of LGBT politics and how it has evolved over time. Proposals may be for full panels, individual research papers, or author-meets-critics book panels. We are particularly interested in receiving proposals that address LGBT politics around the world, expanding our focus beyond the United States, and in proposals that examine post-Obergefell politics in the U.S.
Sect. 88 - Leadership and Politics
Sect. 89 - Caucus for New Political Science
Sect. 90 - Midwest Latino/a Caucus
Sect. 91 - Midwest Caucus for Public Administration
Sect. 92 - Politics, Literature and Film
Sect. 93 - Professional Associations & Non-Profits
What are we learning about the social, public and political role of professional associations, NGOs and Non-Profits? Has technology changed how they pursue their goals? How can volunteerism and advocacy contribute to these organizations' success? We are looking for quantitative and qualitative research on the third sector with an eye toward future trends and innovation.