Washington, DC--The 102nd Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association (APSA) will convene from August 31-September 3 in Philadelphia, PA on the timely theme of "Power Reconsidered." The APSA meeting is the world's largest gathering of political scientists; over 730 panels, round tables, and sessions will take place and approximately 7,000 participants are expected to attend.
From discussions about the "power elite" and "military-industrial complex" in the 1950s to more recent debates on the rule of law, political participation and equality, socio-economic disparities, institution building, terrorism and war, political scientists have long been interested in the concept of power and its use in politics. The 2006 APSA Annual Meeting provides a unique forum for informative discussions and research presentations from a wide range of scholars and political observers. The focus of the meeting, according to program chairs Rick Valelly (Swarthmore College) and Judith Goldstein (Stanford University), is "the understanding of both the theoretical bases of power and its empirical effects."
Highlights will include plenary sessions on:
Other notable events will include:
Hundreds of additional sessions will be held at the meeting on topics directly related to notable public debates today. These will address issues such as the Iraq conflict, terrorism, post-9/11 U.S. foreign and security policy, Hurricane Katrina, immigration, religion in politics, political polarization, voter behavior, and the 2006 midterm elections--where the question of power and its use remains central. To view examples visit www.politicalsciencenews.org or search the full meeting program at www.apsanet.org/mtgs/program.
"We live in dangerous and unsettling times. Such moments present a special challenge to political scientists, both as scholars and as citizens," said APSA President Ira Katznelson. "In thinking about power and its ramifications, we shall bear in mind such pressing issues as the place of religion in public life, the character of civil-military relations, and the commitment to constitutionalism in the face of emergency."
Members of the media are invited to pre-register for press credentials at http://apsanet.org/content_32492.cfm until Monday, August 21. On-site registration will also be available.
The American Political Science Association (est. 1903) is the leading professional organization for the study of politics and has over 14,000 members in 80 countries. For more news and information about political science research visit the APSA media website, www.politicalsciencenews.org.
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