PSA Annual International Conference 2020

6 - 8 April 2020, Edinburgh

Join us for the 70th PSA Annual International Conference taking place in Edinburgh!

6th - 8th April 2020

Edinburgh International Convention Centre and Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa


PSA at 70: Re-imagining Politics

As the PSA turns 70, politics faces multiple uncertainties. The international liberal order is being challenged by new security threats and domestic nationalist resurgences. The nation-state has lost its normative supremacy, facing authority claims from above and below. Established party systems are disintegrating as trust in representative democracy diminishes. Confronted with a climate emergency, traditional policies of growth and consumption are under increased scrutiny. Ours is also a time of democratic institutional innovation, path-breaking constitutional experiments and vibrant bottom-up practices of inclusive decision-making.

Against this backdrop of change, falling back on well-tested theories and practices seems less and less productive. Radical and accelerating transformations call for new ways of understanding, explaining and intervening in the political world.

PSA’s 70th anniversary provides us with a double opportunity: to take stock of these transformations and to re-imagine both the study and practice of politics. Revamping concepts and methodological tools can help us to grapple with multi-layered, highly complex and dynamic political processes. Held in the Scottish capital, itself a site of democratic innovation and mobilisation, the 2020 meeting of the PSA aims to provide a propitious arena for kickstarting processes of re-imagining politics.

Further details regarding the PSA Annual Conference, including convenor details, the call for papers and related deadlines will be available shortly.

Please contact Avnish Patel, PSA Events Manager, for further details. 

(Above image courtesy of the University of Edinburgh)

Edinburgh International Convention Centre
Morrison Street
EH3 8EE Edinburgh