The Center for the Study of Democracy sponsors research conferences on reform of democratic institutions and practices, democratic transitions, and other themes related to CSD's research foci in social movements, race and ethnicity, and the economics of governance.  Most of these conferences result in edited volumes.

Sometimes we co-sponsor such conferences with other research centers both at UCI and elsewhere.  For example, CSD co-sponsored a 2008-9 conference at UCI on Race and Ethnicity with  the Politics of Race, Immigration, and Ethnicity Consortium  (PRIEC), in 2004-5 we sponsored a conference with the USC Initiative and Referendum Institute,  that resulted in an edited volume (S. Bowler and A. Glazer, eds. Direct Democracy's Impact on American Political Institutions. Palgrave Macillian, 2008).

Also, CSD has  begun  running what we are referring to as “bi-coastal”  and "bi-continental" conferences. The first of  these was co-organized with the University of Montreal, with one conference at UCI and a follow-up conference at the University of Montreal, with the two parts put together to form an edited book, Duverger's Law of Plurality Elections: Evidence from Canada, India, the United Kingdom and the U.S. that was published by Springer-Verlag in 2008. A second bi-coastal conference, co-organized with faculty from Yale University, was held in fall 2009 at UCI, on "1989: The Fall of the Wall and Tianmen Square, Twenty Years Later,"  with a planned conference volume to result.  A  two-part bi-continental conference was held at UCI (in 2008) and the University of Bologna (in 2009) resulting in a jointly edited book  A Natural Experiment on Electoral  Law Reform:  Evaluating the Long Run Consequences of 1990s Electoral Reform in Italy and Japan. (Springer, 2011) . Another bi-continental conference, with the first part in Luneburg, Germany and the second part at UCI in 2011, was run celebrating the World Values Survey.  Those conferences, too, are expected to result in a combined conference volume, a Festschrift volume for Ronald Inglehart, the Survey's founder.

 

2017

CALL FOR PAPERS - 13th Annual California Graduate Student Conference

A call for graduate student research papers in Economics, Political Science, Sociology, or other Social Science disciplines

"Sustaining Democracy: Civil Society, Governance, and Accountability"

The Jack W. Peltason Center for the Study of Democracy, University of California, Irvine is pleased to announce the Thirteenth Annual Southern California Graduate Student Conference on Democracy to be held at UCI.
Location TBD | Saturday, May 13, 2017

 

2016

12th Annual California Graduate Student Conference
Social and Behavioral Science Gateway (SBSG) 1321
University of California, Irvine. May 7, 2016

New Developments in the Study of Political Persuasion
Research conference organized by Bernard Grofman (UC Irvine)
Laguna Beach, CA, United States. January 9-10, 2016

 

2011-2012

Ethnic Politics and Electoral Democracy Conference
Zurich, Switzerland. June 14-17, 2012

The Effects of District Magnitude Conference
Lisbon, Portugal. May 28-30, 2012

8th Annual Irvine-Japan Conference on Public Policy
February 17, 2012

Two-Bloc Politics in France and Italy
Research seminar in Bologna, Italy with support from the Center for the Study of Democracy, UC Irvine and Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, European Univeristy Institute.  September 16-17, 2011.

International Political Science Association RC 09 (Comparative Judical Studies) 
Research conference organized by Charles "Tony" Smith, UCI Political Science, and Diana Kapiszewski, UCI Political Science, with support from Center for the Study of Democracy, UC Irvine, School of Law, UC Irvine, School of Social Sciences, UC Irvine, Department of Political Science, UC Irvine, Office of Research, UC Irvine, Academic Senate Council on Research, Computing Libraries, UC Irvine, International Studies, UC Irvine. July 21-23, 2011.

2010-2011

Internet, Voting, and Democracy
Research conference organized by Bernie Grofman, UCI Center for the Study of Democracy, and Alex Trechsel & Mark Franklin, European University Institute, Florence.  May 14-15, 2011.

Empirical Democratic Theory
7th annual graduate student research conference organized by the Center for the Study of Democracy.  May 7, 2011.

Bush v. Gore, 10 Years Later: Election Administration in the United States
Research Conference co-organized by Bernie Grofman, UCI Center for the Study of Democracy, and Michael Alvarez, Cal Tech/MIT Voting Technology Project.  April 16-17, 2011.

Mapping and Tracking Global Cultural Change
For the first time, various prominent scholars who have collaborated on the World Values Surveys on different aspects of these changes are brought together to take stock of the key insights and unresolved puzzles. Since all contributions share a comparative and longitudinal perspective, this project presents the broadest available evidence on the theme of global cultural change. On a rich empirical data base, the project portrays the collective mindsets that are shaping the future of the world.

The Seventh Irvine-Japan Conference on Public Policy
Sponsored by the UCI Department of Economics and the Center for the Study of Democracy.  February 11, 2011.

2009-2010

Empirical Democratic Theory
6th annual graduate student research conference organized by Chairs, Evan Schofer (Sociology) and Charles (Tony) Smith (Political Science); Co-Chairs, Sharmaine Jackson, Danvy Le, Dana Nakano, Fatima Rahman (Graduate Student Organizing Committee) May 8, 2010.

1989: Twenty Years After Conference
The Fall of the Berlin Wall in November 1989 signaled the termination of the Communist state and all its trappings in the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, and brought about the birth of something new across the region.  In China, the Tiananmen demonstrations in the spring of that year were capped by closure for regime change for some time to come. Yet enormous socio-economic changes have transformed the country. From our vantage point, 20 years later, we can see that change after 1989 has taken all manner of varying shapes. It is time to ask the big questions:  Just what have been the repercussions--politically, socially, culturally and economically of the post-1989 transformations?   And why has there been such divergence in outcomes among the affected countries? The conference will bring together 35 renowned senior and promising junior scholars to address these issues. November 5-8, 2009

Politics of Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration Colloquium (PRIEC) Irvine
Research conference organized by Louis DeSipio and Carole Uhlaner. November 6, 2009

Public Goods Conference
Research conference organized by Donald Saari. January 22-23, 2010.

Irvine-Japan Conference on Public Choice
6th annual conference organized by Ami Glazer(Economics). February 12, 2010.

Modeling Conflict and Its Governance
Research conference organized by Donald Saari and Stergios Skaperdas. February 12-14, 2010.

2008-2009

Citizens, Context, and Choice: How Institutional Structures Shape Citizen Behavior
This conference examines how the institutional context represented in the electoral system, party system and constitutional structures potentially shape citizen electoral behavior in contemporary democracies. It is based on cross-national analyses of the Comparative Study of Electoral Systems (CSES). The conference is hosted and funded by the Institute for European Studies at Cornell University with support from the Center for the Study of Democracy at the University of California, Irvine. June 19-20, 2009

Reforming the French Presidential Election System: Experiments on Electoral Reform
Conference sponsored by the Jack W. Peltason (Bren Foundation) Chair and The Center for the Study of Democracy, UC Irvine, CEVIPOF, Sciences-Po,Paris, GAEL (l'Association francaise de Science politique). June 15-16, 2009

Democracy and its Development
5th annual graduate student research conference organized by Chairs, Louis DeSipio (Political Science), Belinda Robnett-Olsen (Sociology); Co-Chairs, Chris Stout, Kris Coulter, and Daisy Reyes (Social Science Graduate Students). May 9, 2009

Cultures of Democracy in the Americas
Interdisciplinary conference to explore how cultural diversity, audiovisual technologies, new urban configurations and unprecedented forms of political participation can change the ways in which we understand political processes, social mobilization and even traditional notions of democracy and people-hood.
Co-sponsored with the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. April 10-11, 2009

Irvine-Japan Conference on Public Choice
5th annual conference organized by Amihai Glazer (Economics). March 4, 2009

PRIEC Irvine
Research conference organized by Louis DeSipio and Carole Uhlaner. July 24, 2008

2007-2008

Democracy and its Development
4th annual graduate student research conference organized by Chair, Yulia Tverdova (Political Science), Nina Bandelj (Sociology), Matt Beckmann (Political Science), David Meyer (Sociology).

4th Annual Irvine-Japan Conference
March 2008

2006-2007

Democracy and its Development
3rd annual graduate student research conference organized by Nina Bandelj (Sociology), Anthony McGann (Political Science), David Meyer (Sociology), and Yulia Tverdova (Political Science).

Theorizing Ways of Knowing: Beyond Interest
The Coast-to-Coast Inclusive Management Initiative workshop, co-sponsored with Newkirk Center, UCI; Center for Organized Research, UCI; Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, National Capital Region. May 18-19, 2007

3rd Annual Irvine-Japan Conference
March 2007

2005-2006

Democracy and its Development
Research conference organized by David Meyer, Anthony McGann, Yulia Tverdova, Carole Uhlaner,
and doctoral students Catherine Corrigall-Brown and Alix van Sickle.
Conference organizers: for proposals, log on here.

The Development of Electoral Democracy in East Asia
Research conference organized by Doh Chull Shin, Yun-Han Chu and Russell Dalton

Plurality and Multi-round Electoral Systems
Research conference organized by Bernie Grofman

The Politics of Special Interests
Research conference organized by Amihai Glazer

The Political Incorporation of Immigrants
Research conference organized by Louis DeSipio

Political Parties and Political Development
Research conference organized by Russell Dalton and Ian McAllister

2004-2005

The Politics of Veiling in Comparative Perspective
Research conference organized by Jen'nan Ghazal Read

Democracy and its Development: Graduate Student Research Conference
Research conference organized by Nina Bandelj, Anthony McGann and Carole Uhlaner

Taxation and Decentralization
Research conference organized by Amihai Glazer

The Greening XIV
Research conference organized by Newkirk Center, Center for the Study of Democracy, FRG in International Environmental Cooperation

The Impact of Direct Democracy
Research conference organized by Amihai Glazer and Shaun Bowler

Judging Transitional Justice
Research conference organized by Marek Kaminski and Monika Nalepa

Transnational Action in a Transnational World
Research conference organized by CSD, GPACS, et al.

2003-2004

Majoritarian and Runoff Electoral Systems
Research conference organized by Bernard Grofman, Shaun Bowler, and James Adams

Citizens, Democracy and Markets around the Pacific Rim
Research conference organized by Russell Dalton and Doh Chull Shin

2002-2003

Development, Democracy and the Islamic World
Research conference organized by the Center for the Study of Democracy and Global Peace and Conflict Studies

Political Representation and Party Choice in the New EU
Research conference organized by Hans-Dieter Klingemann

Judgement Day and Beyond: The 2002 Bundestagswahl
Research conference organized by Robert Rohrschneider and Russell Dalton

The Transformation of Democratic Institutions
Research conference organized by Bruce Cain and Russell Dalton

2001-2002

The Politics of Corporate Governance
Research conference organized by Amihai Glazer

Social Movements, Public Policy, and Democracy
Research conference organized by Helen Ingram, Valerie Jenness and David Meyer

Comparative Redistricting Conference
Research conference organized by Bernard Grofman and Lisa Handley

2000-2001

Democracy, Violence, and Cities: New Segregations and Changes in Public Space
Research conference organized by Teresa Caldeira

Formal and Informal Institutions to Cope with Risk and Credit in Developing Countries
Research conference organized by Garance Genicot

Greening X: Environmental Politics and Policy
Research conference organized by Helen Ingram and Richard Matthew

1999-2000

The Future of American Democracy

1998-1999

Social Conflict and Economic Performance
Research conference organized by Sterios Skaperdas

Mixed Electoral Systems
Research conference organized by Matthew Shugart, Martin Wattenberg, and Stephen Levine

Unthinkable Democracy: Partisan Decline and Change
Research conference organized by Russell Dalton and Martin Wattenberg

1997-1998

Nordic Electoral Systems
Research conference organized by Bernard Grofman and Arend Lijphart

1996-1997

State and Sovereignty in the World Economy
Research conference organized by Dorothy Solinger, David Smith, and Steven Topik

The Greening VI
Research conference hosted by Russell Dalton and Helen Ingram

The Single Transferable Vote
Research conference organized by Bernard Grofman and Shaun Bowler

 

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