International Political Science Association (IPSA)

  • Description
  • Mis­sion Statement

    The Inter­na­tional Polit­i­cal Sci­ence Asso­ci­a­tion (IPSA) was founded in Paris in 1949 under the aegis of the United Nations Edu­ca­tional, Sci­en­tific and Cul­tural Organ­i­sa­tion (UNESCO).

    The spe­cial man­date of IPSA, expressed in its Con­sti­tu­tion, is 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.

    The activ­i­ties and poli­cies of IPSA reflect its global mis­sion. It has been highly suc­cess­ful in the encour­age­ment of national polit­i­cal sci­ence asso­ci­a­tions and today there are over 50 such asso­ci­a­tions affil­i­ated with IPSA. IPSA has main­tained its links with the United Nations and has sup­ported the devel­op­ment of other inter­na­tional and regional polit­i­cal sci­ence orga­ni­za­tions.

    IPSA World Con­gresses of Polit­i­cal Sci­ence are now held every sec­ond year, mov­ing between con­ti­nents. The par­tic­i­pa­tion of schol­ars from less devel­oped coun­tries is sup­ported through travel grants and the Global South Sol­i­dar­ity Fund. IPSA’s research com­mit­tees offer oppor­tu­ni­ties for polit­i­cal sci­en­tists work­ing in par­tic­u­lar sub-​fields of the dis­ci­pline to asso­ciate with col­leagues from around the world.

    Orga­niz­ing events between World Con­gresses and play­ing a major role in these Con­gresses, the research com­mit­tees encour­age the world-​wide pool­ing of skills and resources by work­ing both together and in con­junc­tion with spe­cial­ist sub-​groups of national associations.

    IPSA pub­li­ca­tions, includ­ing the lead jour­nal Inter­na­tional Polit­i­cal Sci­ence Review, the Inter­na­tional Polit­i­cal Sci­ence Abstracts, Par­tic­i­pa­tion, and the IPSA Por­tal, also seek to meet the needs of polit­i­cal sci­en­tists in dif­fer­ent parts of the world. As part of IPSA’s global mis­sion to sup­port and pro­mote polit­i­cal sci­ence, it now con­ducts sum­mer schools in research meth­ods across the globe, for exam­ple, in South Amer­ica and South Africa.

    IPSA strives to ensure bal­anced rep­re­sen­ta­tion in terms of region, gen­der and stage of career in all its activ­i­ties – for exam­ple, the cre­ation of a new research com­mit­tee must be sup­ported by polit­i­cal sci­en­tists from at least seven dif­fer­ent coun­tries and two con­ti­nents. Con­fer­ence pan­els and round­ta­bles are expected to dis­play sim­i­lar diver­sity, with rep­re­sen­ta­tion from more than one con­ti­nent and at least four countries.

    By link­ing schol­ars from North and South as well as East and West, IPSA seeks to strengthen the net­works that under­pin a global polit­i­cal sci­ence com­mu­nity. Such link­ages put polit­i­cal sci­ence in a stronger posi­tion to con­tribute to the qual­ity of pub­lic delib­er­a­tion and decision-​making as well as to the under­stand­ing of an increas­ingly inter­con­nected polit­i­cal world. Ulti­mately, IPSA sup­ports the role of polit­i­cal sci­ence in empow­er­ing men and women to par­tic­i­pate more effec­tively in polit­i­cal life, whether within or beyond the states in which they live.

    Orga­ni­za­tion — IPSA Structure

    IPSA Council

    The IPSA Coun­cil elects, within its mem­bers, the vot­ing mem­bers of the Exec­u­tive Com­mit­tee. The IPSA Coun­cil is com­posed of Col­lec­tive Mem­bers (rep­re­sent­ing national polit­i­cal sci­ence asso­ci­a­tions, see Col­lec­tive Mem­ber­ship) and of Indi­vid­ual Mem­bers. The Indi­vid­ual Mem­bers of the Coun­cil are pro­posed by the Pres­i­dent and rat­i­fied by the Exec­u­tive Com­mit­tee. Their total num­ber may not exceed 30% of the num­ber of rep­re­sen­ta­tives of Col­lec­tive Mem­bers, and are selected from the fol­low­ing categories:

    • Indi­vid­ual and Asso­ciate Mem­bers of the IPSA from coun­tries or regions where there is no Col­lec­tive Member;
    • Chair­per­sons and sec­re­taries of IPSA Research Com­mit­tees and Study Groups;
    • Boards of Edi­tors of IPSA offi­cial publications.

    The Coun­cil mem­ber­ship must meet every 3 years at the IPSA World Congress.

    IPSA Exec­u­tive Committee

    The IPSA con­sti­tu­tion requires that the Exec­u­tive Com­mit­tee (EC) con­tain a min­i­mum of 12 and a max­i­mum of 18 mem­bers, includ­ing the pres­i­dent and the past pres­i­dent, who are both mem­bers ex-​officio. In addi­tion to this quo­rum, Exec­u­tive Com­mit­tee meet­ings are attended, in a non-​voting capac­ity, by the RC Liai­son rep­re­sen­ta­tive, the sec­re­tary gen­eral, the admin­is­tra­tor of the sec­re­tariat, the pro­gram chair (if he isn’t already a vot­ing mem­ber of the EC) and the edi­tors of IPSA’s pub­li­ca­tions and IPSA Por­tal. Vot­ing mem­bers of the EC are elected by the IPSA Council.

    See the cur­rent IPSA EC Offi­cers.

    RC Liai­son Representative

    The Research Com­mit­tee (RC) Liai­son Rep­re­sen­ta­tive is a non-​voting mem­ber of the EC. He rep­re­sents the Research Com­mit­tees on the EC. For more infor­ma­tion on the RC Liai­son Rep­re­sen­ta­tive, go to the Research Com­mit­tees sec­tion.

    EC Sub-​Committees

    EC sub-​committees are cre­ated by the EC and chaired by a vot­ing mem­ber of the EC. They have the pow­ers that the EC del­e­gates to them. There are right now 6 EC sub-​committees and they are:

    • Com­mit­tee on Orga­ni­za­tion, Pro­ce­dure and Awards
    • Com­mit­tee on Research and Training
    • Com­mit­tee on the Con­gress Program
    • Com­mit­tee on Par­tic­i­pa­tion and Membership
    • Bud­get Committee
    • Com­mit­tee on Publications


    Edi­tors are non-​voting mem­bers of the EC. They are:

    Edi­tor and Co-​editor of the Inter­na­tional Polit­i­cal Sci­ence Abstracts (IPSA)
    Both Co-​editors of the Inter­na­tional Polit­i­cal Sci­ence Review (IPSR)
    IPSA Por­tal rep­re­sen­ta­tive (IPSA inter­net search engine)

    See the cur­rent IPSA Edi­tors.


    The Sec­re­tariat is rep­re­sented on the EC by the Sec­re­tary Gen­eral (named by the EC) and the admin­is­tra­tor of the sec­re­tariat. The Sec­re­tary Gen­eral is the Trea­surer of the IPSA and acts as Sec­re­tary dur­ing EC meet­ings (respon­si­ble for the min­utes of the meet­ing). He over­sees the orga­ni­za­tion of the IPSA World Con­gresses and other meet­ings orga­nized by the EC.

    See the cur­rent Sec­re­tariat team.


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