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 second annual conference will take place at Manor Road Building, University of Oxford on the 13th of January 2017 from 9:30 to 17:30.  

The conference programme can be downloaded here. We are delighted to announce that Vera Troeger (University of Warwick) will deliver the keynote lecture "The trouble with endogeneity and instruments".

The registration for the annual conference is open until the 8th of January 2017.  The registration fee is £10 for graduate students, £20 for PSA members, £25 for non-members.  Members, non-members, and students will automatically be given the correct price for a ticket when they access the following page, though you must be logged in. Non-members will be asked to register contact details prior to purchasing tickets. To register, please click here.

The following websites have details of hotel, B&B and college rooms, but not many of the latter since students will be back by then. Please book your own accommodation but do feel free to email Stephen Fisher if you have any questions.

Our first annual conference took place at the Department of Political Science at University College London on the 27th of June 2016.  Details of the event can be found here.


We will be running a Political Methodology panel at the 2017 PSA annual conference in Glasgow, 10 - 12 April.  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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