Attending APSA with PSA Overseas Conference Grant
By Rachel Wall
In contributing to the timely conference theme, ‘The Quest for Legitimacy: Actors, Audiences, and Aspirations’, the Slovenian Political Science Association organised a full APSA panel, which addressed ‘Trends and Processes of Democratic Devolution’. The panel placed a focus on the burgeoning debates surrounding democratic deficits, democratic accountability and the transparency of political decision-making. In response to their call, I submitted an outline for a paper which looked to provide an early assessment of England’s new metro mayors – specifically, how this new office is constituted and to what extent this structure potentially impedes or enhances their capacity for informal agency while in office. I was delighted to have my paper accepted and had the opportunity to present my own research alongside fellow academics who presented papers addressing local political leadership and public accountability, transitional justice in continental regimes and the devolution of decision-making processes at the local level. I received some really helpful comments on questions on my paper, with some interesting thoughts and ideas to take home.
As a PhD student, the opportunity to attend a large conference such as APSA 2017 was incredibly valuable; I was able to extend my existing networks and meet with a diverse group of new academics, with whom I had the chance to discuss my research, parallel research interests and discuss the various panels scheduled on the abundant conference programme. I would like to thank the PSA for providing me with financial support to attend APSA through their Overseas Conference Grant. Now it’s time to start planning for PSA 2018 in Cardiff!