The Institute of Political Studies is a member of both leading political science associations, the International Political Science Association (IPSA), and the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR).
International Political Science Association
The International Political Science Association (IPSA) was founded in Paris in 1949 to support the development of political science in all parts of the world, building academic networks linking East and West, North and South. Its aim is to create an inclusive and global political science community in which all can participate. It seeks to promote collaboration between scholars in emerging and established democracies and to support the academic freedoms needed for the social sciences to flourish. IPSA has been successful in the encouragement of national political science associations and today there are over 50 such associations affiliated with IPSA, including the Czech Political Science Association.
European Consortium for Political Research
The European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR), established in 1970, has about 300 institutional members in roughly 50 countries. Our Institute takes full advantage of the numerous ways in which ECPR supports the training, research and cross national co-operation of political scientists: by taking active part in the Method Schools, Graduate Student Conferences as well as the annual General Conferences.
The ECPR awards also include the Rudolf Wildenmann Prize for outstanding contribution at the ECPR Joint Sessions. In 2014, this prize was awarded to our colleague Michal Parízek for his paper International Organizations' Strive for Information: the Politics of Secretariat Staffing.
Since 2019, our colleague Hana Kubátová has also been a member of the ECPR board and she has been chairing the economic commission of the organization since 2021. Furthermore, since 2022, she has been chairing the Jean Blondel Prize awarded for the best dissertation thesis in political science.
The Institute of Political Studies of FSV UK was the proud host of the ECPR General Conference 2016 in Prague. In 2025, our Institute will host a conference of workshops, which is held annually under the name ECPR Joint Sessions.