We are pleased to announce the call for papers for the next SISP (Società Italiana di Scienza Politica) Annual Convention.
The conference will be hosted by the University of Urbino (14-16 September 2017)
You can submit your abstract before May 29th. Among panels (which can be found in the MySISP section) we suggest the following (also because you’ll find Venus..):
Section “International Relations”
Panel 8.2 “Political parties and Foreign Policy. Theories, approaches, and empirical research in the field of Foreign Policy Analysis (FPA)”
Chairs: Giampiero Cama, Fabrizio Coticchia
According to Kaarbo (2015), many of the International Relations (IR) theories still ignore “decades of research in foreign policy analysis” on how domestic political and decision-making factors affect actors’ choices and policies. Several authors attempted to integrate Foreign Policy Analysis (FPA) and Role Theory and National Role Conceptions (NRC), stressing how FPA can provide insights into the mass—elite nexus and intra-elite conflicts, while the NRC literature could incorporate the use of ideas and identity in foreign policymaking. Despite a significant attention towards the role of Italian (and European) national identity and its defense policy, such attempt has been seldom addressed. On the contrary, FPA is still marginal within the Italian (and even European) theoretical debate while the few analyses on political actors, parties and foreign and security issues have developed theoretical approaches explicitly related to FPA. Concerning Italy, some authors provided a comprehensive analysis of post-Cold War foreign policy, stressing the role of ideas and discourse in the interplay between strategic actors and strategically selective context. Other have focused on the role-concept that Italy developed in the first years after its reunification, emphasizing its inconsistency and the “perverse” dynamic between internal weakness and international recognition. However, scarce interest has been devoted (by the Italian as well as by the European literature) to the relationship between political parties, coalitions, foreign and defense policy. Therefore, a greater “attention to human decision makers”, which is conceived the fundamental contribution of FPA to IR (Hudson 2005), could be extremely relevant for the development of the debate, also in comparative perspective (Europe and beyond).
The panel aims at addressing such need, exploring FPA contributions from different theoretical and geographical perspectives. Thus, we invite papers that investigate: the interactions between the domestic structure of European countries and the international context; the material and ideational factors as determinants of state behaviour; the formation of domestic preferences (by looking at political elites and significant domestic groups that are involved in the decision-making process); domestic constraints to the executive’s power in foreign policy; the personalization of politics and coalition foreign policy; the impact of party ideology on foreign policy, etc.
Section “Research Methodology”
(Italian) Panel 11.2 La ricerca empirica nelle Relazioni Internazionali. Metodi e prospettive a confronto
Negli ultimi due decenni la ricerca empirica nell’ambito delle Relazioni Internazionali ha acquisito notevole forza. I temi di ricerca spaziano, andando a intersecarsi con la politica comparata, l’economia, l’analisi delle politiche pubbliche. Allo stesso modo, i metodi utilizzati dai ricercatori nei loro studi si sono diversificati e raffinati. Riteniamo sia importante un momento di riflessione sul rapporto fra teoria e ricerca empirica, così come un confronto fra ricercatori che lavorano prevalentemente con metodi quantitativi e ricercatori che lavorano prevalentemente con metodi qualitativi, per evitare la formazione di compartimenti stagni e lavorare alla complementarietà degli approcci. Proponiamo dunque una tavola rotonda che metta a tema il percorso svolto fino a ora dalla ricerca empirica nelle Relazioni Internazionali, proponga riflessioni sulle direzioni future e favorisca un confronto costruttivo fra esperti di metodi diversi.
I partecipanti alla tavola rotonda che hanno già confermato la propria disponibilità sarebbero i seguenti:
Stefano Costalli (Università di Firenze) – Chair
Fabrizio Coticchia (Università di Genova)
Federica Genovese (University of Essex)
Francesco Moro (Università di Bologna)
Chiara Ruffa (Swedish Defense University)
Andrea Ruggeri (University of Oxford)
See you in Urbino.