Open to: MA and PhD researchers, practitioners and civil society leaders in the field of political parties, elections, representative democracy and closely related areas
Venue: 14–20 January 2019 in Warsaw, Poland
Organized by the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) under the auspices of the Standing Group on Central East European Politics and with the support of the Standing Group on Political Parties of the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR), the Winter School will bring together an international team of academics and practitioners to train and instruct a group of 20 MA and PhD researchers, practitioners and civil society leaders in the field of political parties and democracy.
The main aims of the Winter School include:
- providing instruction and facilitating discussion on a wide range of analytical perspectives in the study of political parties, party systems, elections and democracy;
- developing a multinational forum for junior scholars and practitioners to critically discuss their research projects and the development in the field;
- assisting PhD researchers in developing their dissertation projects at the cutting edge of the field, contributing to innovation in conceptualization, measurement, analysis and theory;
- raising the awareness of PhD researchers about the requirements and criteria of international academic publishing, and encouraging them to submit their work to academic journals;
- helping practitioners understand the main academic findings regarding party politics and democracy promotion;
- building on the most recent developments and challenges of political party development and democracy promotion presented in the “Global Agenda for the Renewal of Representation”
- stimulating international collaboration in the field of political parties, party systems, elections and democracy, and encouraging PhD researchers and practitioners to take part in such collaboration.
The Winter School is open for MA and PhD researchers, practitioners and civil society leaders in the field of political parties, elections, representative democracy and closely related areas (e.g., corruption) from and working on the following OSCE participating States: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Tajikistan, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan.
The maximum number of participants is 20. Organizers will attempt to achieve both a gender and a regional balance.
- All participants of the Winter School will be accommodated in shared twin rooms at Ibis Warszawa State Miasto (Old Town), located within a ten-minute walk of the ODIHR premises.
- There are no fees. Accommodation (7 nights starting on 13 January 2019), tuition, lunches and two reception dinners are sponsored by the organizers.
- Travel arrangements will be made and related expenses covered by the participants. However, a very limited number of participants will have the opportunity to have their travel reimbursed based on merit.