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By The ECPR

Listen to topical podcasts from the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) tackling pressing matters in political science and beyond.
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Lifetime Achievement Award 2022: Celebrating Jean Blondel's career
Lifetime Achievement Award 2022: Celebrating Jean Blondel's career
Our event celebrating 2022 Lifetime Achievement Award joint winner Jean Blondel, and reflecting on the development of political science during his career. Full news story on our website. Recorded at Harbour House in August 2022. Speakers, in order of appearance: David Farrell Jean Blondel Maurizio Cotta Ian Budge Ivor Crewe Dominique Blondel Jean-Louis Thiébault David Styan See also our parallel podcast celebrating the career of Beate Kohler!
49:06
November 03, 2022
Lifetime Achievement Award 2022: Celebrating Beate Kohler's career
Lifetime Achievement Award 2022: Celebrating Beate Kohler's career
Our event celebrating 2022 Lifetime Achievement Award joint winner Beate Kohler, and reflecting on the development of political science during her career. Full news story on our website. Recorded at Harbour House in September 2022. Speakers, in order of appearance: David Farrell Beate Kohler Diana Panke Helen Wallace Florian Koch See also our parallel podcast celebrating the career of Jean Blondel!
47:38
November 03, 2022
The EU and the pandemic: analytical perspectives and research agendas
The EU and the pandemic: analytical perspectives and research agendas
In this roundtable, leading scholars of the EU engage in a reflexive and prospective dialogue on EU policy developments since the start of the pandemic. We ask them whether the handling of the pandemic challenges existing scholarly understandings of the EU, the heuristics of their own work and could thus influence the research agendas of EU studies.
01:43:37
June 16, 2021
The discursive construction of discontent: Varieties of populist anti-system ideas and discursive networks in Europe
The discursive construction of discontent: Varieties of populist anti-system ideas and discursive networks in Europe
In our first-ever hybrid lecture, live streamed from Luiss University, Vivien Schmidt presents a Paper that, using discursive institutionalist analysis, theorises and investigates the varieties of populist anti-system ideas and discursive networks in Europe – with illustrative examples from EU and national level. This lecture was sponsored by the Journal of European Integration.
01:25:04
June 16, 2021
Bridging the East-West Divide
Bridging the East-West Divide
This lecture assembles scholars to discuss the extent to which both the East and the West are artificial constructs and shortcuts attempting to simplify the complex reality of contemporary democracy, and how to move beyond this outdated paradigm – bridging the East-West divide. Speakers: Lenka Bustikova (Arizona State University), Ondrej Cisar (Charles University), Fernando Casal Bertoa (University of Nottingham), Zsolt Enyedi (CEU/Oxford University), Petra Guasti (Charles University) and Milada Vachudova (UNC Chapel Hill)
01:36:47
May 27, 2021
Political science at risk in Europe: Frailness and the study of power
Political science at risk in Europe: Frailness and the study of power
After half a century of nearly constant expansion and institutionalisation, political science and political scientists are at risk in many countries. Researchers’ freedoms of inquiry and expression are increasingly contested and power rulers show a growing interest in controlling research processes and outputs. This Lecture explores the threats to democracy and academic freedom, exposing the risks to political science in Europe and call for the urgent development of a strategic response. Speakers: David Paternotte, Université Libre de Bruxelles and Mieke Verloo, Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen
57:21
April 09, 2021
The Resurgence of Nationalism
The Resurgence of Nationalism
There is a widely held view that liberal democracies have experienced an upsurge in nationalism in recent years, and that this is best explained as a form of backlash against social and cultural change. In this lecture, our speaker David Miller challenges the underlying Enlightenment narrative used to support this explanation, which foresees the progressive disappearance of nationalism as a political force. David also compares recent backlash theory with Isaiah’s Berlin’s ‘bent twig’ theory used to explain earlier forms of nationalism, and credit Berlin with a deeper understanding of the importance of national consciousness. He argues that a ‘cool’ form of nationalism is the normal condition of political life in modern democracies, and that the distinctions that are sometimes drawn between patriotism and nationalism, or between civic and ethnic nationalism, are not illuminating. The best response to the resurgence of authoritarian nationalism is to develop liberal forms of national identity that are both pluralist, recognising different ways of belonging to the nation, and democratic, encouraging widespread debate over which cultural features to preserve from the past and which to change.
01:24:36
April 08, 2021
How low can you go? Declining standards of democracy in Central and Eastern Europe
How low can you go? Declining standards of democracy in Central and Eastern Europe
Are standards of democracy declining among the European Union's Eastern member states? According to most policy analysts, academics and public commentators, there is a major risk of reversion to authoritarianism in some of these countries. However, the status of liberal democracy in post-communist countries is more fragmented and muddled than it would first appear. During this talk, we will address some of Central Eastern Europe's most pressing structural, elite and societal challenges for the democratisation process, as well as the institutional incentives and constraints that support its endurance. Our speaker, Veronica Anghel, will pay particular attention to the negative effects of informal institutions on democratisation outcomes and make the case for an extended research agenda on how informal norms may structure citizen and elite behaviour.
01:11:29
March 04, 2021