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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.