[08/05/2015 - SCOPE 2015] Panels organized by IDC

posted May 7, 2015, 9:50 AM by Centre for International Cooperation and Development Studies ‎(FSPUB)‎   [ updated May 7, 2015, 9:54 AM ]
SCOPE: SCIENCE OF POLITICS – International Interdisciplinary Conference of Political Research (www.scienceofpolitics.euis an annual joint session of workshops aimed at offering a space for academic exchanges on timely political research topics, as well as on the latest advancements within the discipline and the profession(s) of political science.

Initiated in 2014 by the Faculty of Political Science at the University of Bucharest (FSPUB) to mark the anniversary of 150 years since the establishment of this university, SCOPE is organized primarily through the FSPUB research centres and their partners.

The 2015 edition will take place in Bucharest between 8 and 9 May and invites political scientists, as well as scholars from other related disciplinary traditions to reflect upon and reassess the nexus democracy-governance-identity in contemporary politics

The Centre for International Cooperation and Development Studies invites the interested public to the panels it organizes within SCOPE:


NOTE
All the IDC panels take place on the 8th of May at the Faculty of Political Science of the University of Bucharest (FSPUB), 8, Spiru Haret st., Room 1989 (groundfloor) 


10:30-12:30
WS1.2. Governance and development in the global social agenda:  Emergent actors and topics
Panel organized by the Centre for International Cooperation and Development Studies (IDC) within the section Public Space(s), Private Values: In Search of a Global Social Agenda

Chair: Luciana Alexandra GHICA (Faculty of Political Science, University of Bucharest, Romania)
Discussants: Luciana Alexandra GHICA (Faculty of Political Science, University of Bucharest, Romania), Bogdan Mihai RADU (Faculty of Political, Administrative and Communication Sciences, Babeș-Bolyai University Cluj-Napoca, Romania & Centre for EU Enlargement Studies, Central European University, Hungary)

Presentations
Multi-actor development policy-making in emerging donor states: A comparison between Hungary and Romania
Bogdan Mihai RADU (Faculty of Political, Administrative and Communication Sciences, Babeș-Bolyai University Cluj-Napoca, Romania & Centre for EU Enlargement Studies, Central European University, Hungary) & Zsuzsanna VÉGH (Centre for EU Enlargement Studies, Central European University, Hungary)

The Ethnic Federalism Governance Model vs. Civic Model debate in Nepal
Anil SIGDEL (University of Vienna, Austria)

The Role of Citizen Movements in the Electoral Process in Sub-Saharan Africa: The Case of “Le Balai Citoyen” (Burkina Faso)
Domnica GOROVEI (Faculty of Political Science, University of Bucharest, Romania)

Innovation for development: The way forward
Marília FERREIRA DA CUNHA (Global Diplomacy, Portugal)



13:00-14:30
WS2.2. The State of the Discipline: Current Academic and Governance Challenges
Special professional round table organized by the Centre for International Cooperation and Development Studies (IDC) and co-sponsored by the International Political Science Association – Research Committee 33 (The Study of Political Science as a Discipline) and the European Confederation of Political Science Associations (ECPSA)

Political scientists (including international relations/studies scholars) often think of themselves and their discipline as central for the study of democracy and good governance, as well to decision-making processes involving such issues. But how central are we really when it comes to better policy-making and societies? Are we trend-setters or rather followers in the footsteps of decision-makers? To what extent does policy-making in matters of science, research and education affects our discipline and professions, or the content of our research projects and curricula? How vulnerable are we to funding from national and international sources, and what is the impact of the political agendas that come with it on our scientific autonomy? At the same time, when looking within our own backyard, how good are we at implementing in our departments and research centres the democratic and good governance principles that we so often preach to others? Are we really better prepared than colleagues from other disciplines to face unjust/unfair behaviour or to change corrupt institutional mechanisms at our workplace? What mechanisms are there for the protection and promotion of the academic and professional interests of political scientists? How do the particular national traditions of political science and the professional associations can contribute to a more internationally integrated academic dialogue? To what extent is language a central issue for better governance within our discipline? And not least, how do such issues shape the identity of contemporary political science as discipline, community and profession? The contributions in this special round table address these issue from various perspectives, touching upon some of the hottest topics for contemporary political studies such as the Arab spring, the link between the study and practice of politics, and the international publishing market for political research.

Moderator: Luciana Alexandra GHICA (Faculty of Political Science, University of Bucharest, Romania; member of the boards of IPSA RC33 and ECPSA)

Contributions
A Century of Failure: Political Science and the issue of Governance in the Arab World
Hamdy A. HASSAN (Zayed University, Dubai, U.A.E. & Cairo University, Egypt; former Vice President of the African Association of Political Science)

Research Design, International Publishing and Policy Relevance in Contemporary Political Science
Luis DE SOUSA (University of Aveiro & Transparency International, Portugal; editor of the ECPR journal European Political Science - Palgrave Macmillan)



14:30-16:30
WS3.2. Public Space(s), Private Agendas: Political Actors and Representation in Contemporary Europe
Panel organized by the Centre for International Cooperation and Development Studies (IDC) within the section Public Space(s), Private Values: In Search of a Global Social Agenda

Chair & discussant: Claudiu TUFIȘ (Faculty of Political Science, University of Bucharest, Romania)

Presentations
The political representation focuses of second tier councillors in Europe
Cristina STĂNUȘ (Lucian Blaga University Sibiu, Romania)

Is Hungary more democratic than Romania or the other way around?
Oana I. ARMEANU (University of Southern Indiana, USA) & Florin N. FEȘNIC (Centre for the Study of Democracy, University Babeș-Bolyai Cluj-Napoca, Romania)

The role of civil society within the Albanian Welfare System
Evis GARUNJA (University of Pavia, Italy)