Summer School on Interest Group Politics

Summer School on Interest Group Politics under the topic Mobilization Processes and Interest Group Communities will be held on 30 June - 8 July, 2010 in the University of Antwerp. The program is intended for  PhD and master students.

The Summer School on Interest Group Politics is a new initiative of the ECPR Standing Group on Interest Groups. Three schools, to be organized in 2010-2011-2012, aim to provide students of political science and public administration sound knowledge about these organized interests and their impact on public policy making.

The Department of Political Science of the University of Antwerp will host the first summer school in 2010. It focuses on the population ecology of interest representation as well as the professionalization of interest groups. The proximity to an important international venue when it comes to interest groups – Brussels – enables to include practitioners and to bring a visit to the EU institutions in Brussels. The summer schools in 2011 and 2012 will be hosted by the University of Virginia (US) and the Agder University (Norway).

The course includes lectures and discussions led by well-known scholars in the field. Examples are drawn from both national and European politics. Furthermore, attendees receive constructive feedback on their own research on aspects of interest groups politics. Invited scholars for the 2010 school include David Lowery, William Maloney, Dirk De Bièvre, Arlo Poletti, Anne Rasmussen, Caelesta Poppelaars and Jan Beyers.

The summer school is open to PhD students, research master students and master students from political science, public administration or related areas. A limited number of practitioners can participate as well. A basic requirement is that all applicants should have completed introductory courses in political and administrative sciences at the BA-level.  

The course will be taught in English, so participants must have a good command of English. 
Fees. The program fee is € 750 and has to be paid within 30 days after confirmation. The fee includes accommodation, lunches, course material and the social programme. Attendees will be responsible for their own transportation costs to and from Antwerp University. 

A limited number of scholarships are available on request.   

Applications can be submitted by completing the online registration form, which will be open from 31-01-2010 till 31-03-2010. Participants will be selected based on a letter stating their motivation to take part in the summer school, two references, a short CV, and a paper proposal (maximum 2 pages) to be discussed during the summer school. Applicants will be notified before 15-04-2010 whether their application has been successful.