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10th ECPR Summer School on Interest Group Politics

Lobbying and Political Advocacy: Representing Societal Interests in Times of Turbulence

Thursday 4 July 2019 - Friday 12 July 2019
Registration costs (approximately): Summer School Fee: 275 € Accommodation (optional for 8 nights): 500 € Students also have the option to book accomodation themselves
Turfmarkt 99
2511 DP The Hague
Campus The Hague

The 10th ECPR Summer School on Interest Group Politics

This summer school offers a unique opportunity for PhD researchers and advanced master students with an interest in lobbying, political advocacy, interest groups, political influence and policy-making. The program covers state-of-the-art theoretical approaches, topics and methods taught by leading scholars. It addresses crucial questions in the study of policy-making and political advocacy, such as how interest organizations mobilize to foster policy change in a complex and multilayered political environment and how political advocacy by a myriad of interest organizations affects the governance of global challenges. In an increasingly interdependent and globalized governance system, policy outcomes may become largely disconnected from the interest of society. The summer school addresses the gap between transnational policy and society, by scrutinizing the transmission belt function of interest groups in a globalized world. In addition, the summer school offers seminars on cutting-edge methodological approaches including large-scale data collection and analyses, survey research, in-depth elite interviewing and experimental research.

Summer School Set - Up

The summer school will consist of 7 substantive courses on lobbying and political advocacy, 4 method sessions, and 4 research discussion sessions. Students will have the opportunity to present and discuss their own research to get feedback from the instructors and the other students. To do so, students are required to submit a research paper of about 6,000 to 8.000 words in advance of the summer school. The best paper will be awarded a prize by the conveners of the ECPR Summer School.

As a graduate student or early career scholar interested in advocacy and policy-making, you do not want to miss out on this opportunity to learn about political advocacy and lobbying research and to network with peers and leading scholars.



 Time and Subject


 Thursday 4 July 2019

 19.00 - 21.00: Welcome Reception


 Friday 5 July 2019

 09.00 - 12.00: Influence Production Process 
 13.30 - 15.30: Interest Group Mobilisation
 16.00 - 17.00: Presentations and Feedback

 Caelesta Braun - Leiden University

 Bert Fraussen - Leiden University 

 Marcel Hanegraaff - Amsterdam University 

 Saturday 6 July 2019

 09.00 - 12.00: Political Communication 
 13.30 - 15.30: Method Session
 16.00 - 17.00: Presentations and Feedback

 Anne Skorkjær Binderkrantz - Aarhus University 

 Ellis Aizenberg - Amsterdam University

 Sunday 7 July 2019



 Monday 8 July 2019

 09.00 - 12.00: TBA 
 13.30 - 15.30: Method Session
 16.00 - 17.00: Presentations and Feedback

 David Lowery - The Pennsylvania State University

 Joost Berkhout - Amsterdam University

 Tuesday 9 July 2019  09.00 - 12.00 Internal organisational dynamics of interest groups 
 13.30 - 15.30: Method Session
 16.00 - 17.00: Presentations and Feedback

 William Maloney - Newcastle University

 Darren Halpin - Australia National University

 Wednesday 10 July 2019  09.00 - 17.00 Mini- conference & Workshop with practitioners


 Thursday 11 July 2019

 09.00 - 12.00 Interest Representation and Political Responsiveness 
 13.30 - 15.30: Interest Groups' Coalitions and Strategies
 16.00 - 17.00: Presentations and Feedback

 19.00 - .....: Farewell Dinner

 Anne Rasmussen - University of Copenhagen

 Michael Heaney - University of Glasgow / University of Michigan

 Friday 12 July 2019  09.00 - 12.00 National Interest Groups in EU Policymaking 
 13.30 - 15.30: Methods session

 Meta Novak - University of Ljubljana

 Andrea Pritoni - University of Turin


Check - out the description, procedure and requirements

The summer school is open to PhD students, research master students and advanced master students from political science, public administration or related areas. A limited number of practitioners can participate as well.

Please submit here your CV, a one-page motivation letter and an abstract of the paper you want to present at the Summer School by June 10, 2019 at the latest. Eligible candidates will be selected on a first-come-first-serve basis and applicants are therefore encouraged to submit their application as early as possible. Once the course is fully booked, we will open a waiting list for late applicants. Your registration will be confirmed once your application is accepted by the Summer School coordinator and your payment is received.

Successful participants in the Summer School that participate in all the session and present a paper will obtain 5 ECTS credits.

Organisation & Contact

The 10th ECPR Summer School is hosted by Leiden University and supported by the University of Amsterdam and University of Antwerp. The Summer School will take place on the Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs of Campus The Hague of Leiden University. In case of questions or remarks you can contact Adrià Albareda(a.albareda@fgga.leidenuniv.nl) of Leiden University or Ellis Aizenberg (e.aizenberg@uva.nl) of the University of Amsterdam.

Register here to the 10th ECPR Summer School on Interest Group Politics

Please submit your CV, a one-page motivation letter and an abstract of the paper you want to present at the Summer School by June 10, 2019 at the latest.

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