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2018 NZPSA

November 26 - November 28

The Victoria University of Wellington Political Science & International Relations Programme is very pleased to be hosting the 2018 NZPSA Conference in Wellington.  The conference will be held on the 26th-28th of November with a postgraduate workshop on the 25th of November.

The theme of this year’s conference is Representation and Responsibility.  The conference features public events to explore the theme – these are to be announced – in addition to the usual topic streams.

Questions of representation and responsibility are common in politics: who speaks for whom? Who is responsible for what? How do we hold those who represent and govern us to their commitments? These questions are linked to the exercise of power both within and outside states, the purpose and limits of sovereignty, and the ethics of political action. Debates about the representation of indigenous people, women, migrants, and minorities are especially important in the current politics of representative democracies and postcolonial societies. And questions of responsibility for past and present injustice are salient in debates ranging from the “responsibility to protect” to climate change and global development. 

We encourage conference participants to reflect on the interplay of representation and responsibility in politics, including (but not exclusively) questions such as: what forms of representation promote the interests and values of disadvantaged groups? How do current patterns of representation affect important socio-economic and political outcomes? How do we distribute responsibility for solving local and global problems? What kinds of responsibilities do political leaders and citizens have for these problems? How do we keep our representatives and rulers accountable?

Conference Keynote Speaker: Sona Golder

Sona Golder is a Professor in the Department of Political Science at the Pennsylvania State University. Her expertise is in political institutions, with a particular interest in coalition formation. Her first book, The Logic of Pre-Electoral Coalition Formation, examines the determinants and consequences of electoral alliances in parliamentary democracies. Her most recent book is about Multi-level Electoral Politics. Her other work has appeared in the discipline’s leading journals, including the American Journal of Political Science, the British Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Politics, and Political Analysis.


In addition to being a co-editor for the British Journal of Political Science, an associate editor for Research & Politics, and serving on the editorial boards for the American Political Science Review, Comparative Political Studies, and Political Science Research and Methods, she is a co-editor for a new series, the Oxford Politics of Institutions Series, for Oxford University Press. She was also the organizer and host for the 4th Annual Visions in Methodology (VIM) Conference, serve as a VIM mentor for female graduate students and junior faculty, and served as a member of the diversity committee for APSA’s Political Methodology Section.


The detailed programme, including other speakers, will be available soon.

PROGRAMME WITH AUDIO: The final conference programme outline with audio for the public panels and keynote speech will be available.

Call for Papers

Papers will be sorted into the following streams to be considered by the respective stream convenor. If you have questions or would like some guidance on your paper, please feel free to contact the relevant convenor.

Please send a 200–250 word abstract with your name, title, affiliation, and the conference stream you wish to be considered for, in a word document by September 1st to admin@nzpsa.co.nz

Further information and the registration form will be available on the conference website.

Postgraduate Workshop

The 2018 Postgraduate Workshop will be held on the 25th of November, and is being coordinated by Leonardo Milani. Details will be announced closer to the conference.

Further information



The head of the 2018 conference committee is Dr. Ayca Arkilic. 

For general inquiries, please email: admin@nzpsa.co.nz

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