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In his Plenary lecture titled Confusion in the Debate About Inequality, Dr. Leszek Balcerowicz (Former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance of Poland) addressed the problem surrounding the inequality debate. According to him, one source of confusion is the failure to distinguish inequality of opportunity from inequality of situation (wealth, income etc.). While is it easy to agree on what is the ideal inequality of opportunity (none) there is no inter-subjective agreement on what is the ideal inequality of income (wealth).
Chaired by Prof. Mauro Calise, the panel gathered paper presenters from a group of PhD students who have studied political science at the Scuola Normale Superiore. Following Hyperpolitics methodology, each participant focused on a specific concept – citizenship, law, capitalism – using the same analytical pattern: a “matrix” of twelve logically interrelated keywords.
Organized by the Polish Political Science Association (PPSA), this special session focused on the vital topic of Academic Freedom and its limits.
The Closing Ceremony of the 24th IPSA World Congress of Political Science took place at the beautiful Neo-Renaissance Concert Hall (Aula) of the Adam Mickiewicz University, with a series of speeches given by outgoing IPSA President Aiji Tanaka, newly elected President İlter Turan, IPSA Secretary General Guy Lachapelle, WC2016 Program Co-Chairs Dianne Pinderhughes and Marian Sawer, WC2018 Program Co-Chair Füsun Türkmen, Chair of the IPSA WC2018 Local Organizing Committee in Brisbane, Katharine Gelber and representative of the Tourism Australia, Lene Corgan.
The Closing ceremony also featured a performance of the AMU Chamber Choir.
In his Plenary lecture When Democracy Fails Twice: Can Losers Accept the Victors as Legitimate - Peter Anyang' Nyong'o, Senator Peter Anyang' Nyong'o questioned the elections and the legitimacy of the government.
IPSA is launching a pilot set of political science courses in cooperation with Federica Weblearning, the Center of the University of Naples Federico II, with an established record of 300 e-learning courses.
During this special session, Roundtable: IPSA MOOCs: A New Frontier for Online Education chaired by Prof. Mauro Calise, the panelists discussed the weblearning model used for IPSAMOOCs and presented the first set of courses, ranging from Research Designs and Methods to Comparative Political Systems.
This special session was dedicated to the 60th anniversary of the formation of the political science community in Russia. The start of this process was marked by the participation of the Soviet delegation at the Stockholm IPSA Congress in 1955. The historical development of political studies in the Soviet era, the traditions of cooperation with IPSA as the basis for the formation and development of the Russian Political Science Association, the current state of the political science community in the country were discussed.
To celebrate the 40th Anniversary of RC18 - Asian and Pacific Studies, Angelin Chang performed a music concert of classical piano repertoire. This special event took place in the beautiful Neo-Renaissance Concert Hall (Aula) of the Adam Mickiewicz University, known for its excellent acoustics. Angelin Chang is the first pianist of Asian heritage to win a GRAMMY®, as well as the first American female awarded.
At every IPSA World Congress of Political Science, IPSA awards numerous travel grants to facilitate participation to the World Congress to scholars who live and work in developing countries, who would otherwise not be able to attend. Forty-three IPSA travel grant recipients from 39 countries across the world received their grants at the 24th IPSA World Congress of Political Science in Poznań.
At the IPSA Council Meeting, which took place on July 26th, Prof. İlter Turan was unanimously elected as new President of IPSA, succeeding Prof. Aiji Tanaka. Prof. Turan is Emeritus Professor of Political Science at Bilgi University in Turkey. Prof. Turan’s research focuses on Comparative Politics, Turkish Politics, and Turkish Foreign Policy as well as political development, democratization, legislative behavior, political parties, political culture, politics of water and aspects of foreign policy. IPSA is proud to welcome Prof. Turan and we wish him the very best success in his mandate.
During this Plenary Session, Joseph E. Stiglitz (Winner of the 2001 Nobel Prize in Economics) addressed the Congress delegates by a video presentation titled Inequality: A Problem of Politics in the 21st Century: A Problem for Politics . The presentation followed by a discussion conducted by Phil Cerny, John Gaventa and Helen Milner and Lourdes Sola.
The Meisel-Laponce Award Ceremony took place at Poznan Congress Center (PCC-15 / 1.B) at 17:30 honoring award recipients Lingling Qi and Doh Chull Shin. The award ceremony was followed by a reception organized by SAGE Publishing.
IPSA World Congress participants enjoyed a very well-organized Polish evening organized and hosted by the Faculty of Political Science and Journalism of the Adam Mickiewicz University. Alternative blues band Lord & the Liar performed a concert, followed by a cocktail party. Participants experienced "A Foreigner's Guide to Polish Cuisine" and tasted different kind of Polish delicacies including Polish pierogies, Żurek soup, Polish croissants, Polish kiełbasa (sausage), bread as well as Polish beer.
The Global South Award Winner 2016, Prof. Erica Gorbak gave an award lecture titled The Costs of Corruption in Latin America. Why Latin American countries cannot rise?
In the special session titled Roundtable: The 30 Years of "Transition from Authoritarian Rule", participants looked back on the publication of the seminal volume series Transitions from Authoritarian Rule edited by Guillermo O’Donnell, Philippe Schmitter and Laurence Whitehead, 30 years ago. The speakers also critically reviewed the original conceptual framework to adapt it to current circumstances and democratization processes.
Another special session – Politics as a Science (With Apologies to Max Weber) – chaired by Prof. Leonardo Morlino discussed the following question: what approach or even more limitedly what basic theoretical framework do we need in comparative politics today?
Presidents and Secretaries of National Associations met with the newly-elected IPSA President Ilter Turan.
The transition to democracy in Eastern Europe was addressed in the Polish LOC panel Central and Eastern Europe: from Authoritarianism to Democracy?
The questions around social inequality and democracy were debated during the Main Theme session titled The Political Foundations of Democratic Inequality.