Political Methodology

Welcome to the page of the Political Methodology Specialist Group of the Political Studies Association.  The group brings together people interested in all aspects of methodology applied to political research.  It was launched at the British Academy in November 2015 with a one-day conference showcasing quantitative work in political science in the UK.  The launch event was covered in blog post, which also contains interviews with the presenters about the state and future of political methodology.  

A summary statement of the objectives of the group can be downloaded here.

For more information about the group, please contact the group convenors Stephen Fisher, Nils MetternichAndreas Murr, and Paul Whiteley.


Our third annual conference will take place at the University of Warwick on the 11th of January 2019 from 9:30 to 19:00.  

Please send proposals for papers or panels to Andreas Murr by the 1st of December 2018.

Proposals on any aspect of quantitative or qualitative political methodology are welcome. The call is open but papers should address interesting methodological issues relevant to political scientists.  Papers could be a purely methodological in focus, examining a new method, some new software, or provide a critique of an existing method. Alternatively a paper might focus on a substantive research question but one which has significant methodological content and which involves innovation in the approach.  The focus of the presentation should be methodological aspects of the research even if future publications emphasise theory or findings. The Political Methodology group aims to help bridge the divide between qualitative and quantitative methods in political research and so there is no requirement that papers should only focus on advanced statistical methods, but such papers would be welcome.

Andreas Murr is the local organiser for this meeting and information about conference accommodation and registration will be available soon.

Details of the previous annual conference can be found below:


We will be running a Political Methodology panel at the 2018 PSA annual conference in Cardiff, 26 - 28 March.  More details will be annouced soon.


The Political Methodology Specialist Group membership rate is £10 for PSA members and £19 for non-members.  If you would like to become a member of our group, please phone the PSA office so that they can process payment  Their number is 02073 212 545. Please ask to speak Heather Lawless, the Membership Officer, with your card details at the ready.


The group maintains the mailing list PSA-POLMETH.  Please use the mailing list to discuss topics, advertise jobs and events, and circulate abstracts that are relevant to political methodology.  The mailing list is edited by Andreas Murr, University of Warwick.

To subscribe, unsubscribe, or search the archive, please visit https://www.jiscmail.ac.uk/PSA-POLMETH.

To post to the list, please send an email to PSA-POLMETH@JISCMAIL.AC.UK.

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