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Postdoctoral Fellow (f/m)
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The Centre for European Studies and Comparative Politics at Sciences Po is looking for a Postdoctoral Fellow (f/m) (PhD or near completion) starting from January 2nd, 2019. The position to be filled is part of the research project “What do the people want? Analysing Online Populism in Europe and the US” funded by a VolkswagenStiftung  “Challenges for Europe” research fund in collaboration with the Oxford Internet Institute (Oxford University) and GESIS (Cologne).
Contract: 18 months
Deadline to apply: November 23, 2019
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Andrea Eisl

Joined the Institut Jacques Delors
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 In September 2019 Andreas Eisl, MaxPo doctoral candidate in Political Science, began his post as research fellow on European economic policy at the Institut Jacques Delors in Paris, where he is part of a Horizon 2020 project entitled EU Integration and Differentiation for Effectiveness and Accountability (EU IDEA). 

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Interview of Sean Theriault

in preview of the conference "The US Congress in the Age of Trump" (2 Dec.)
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Sean Theriault (University of Texas at Austin, Department of Government), who is fascinated by congressional decision-making, is currently researching the effect of interpersonal relationships within the U.S. Congress.  Emiliano Grossman (Sciences Po, CEE) and Jen Schradie (Sciences Po, OSC) have questioned him about the US Congress context:


Emiliano Grossman/Jen Schradie: Compare passing legislation in the Obama versus Trump presidency. Is it more than a question of who controls the House or Senate?

Sean Theriault: While it certainly matters which party controls the House and Senate, the leadership style of the president matters, too.  Neither Trump nor Obama were particularly good a bringing Congress along with their policy solutions.  Obama, I think, because he didn’t enjoy the back and forth of negotiation with Congress, and Trump because he is unwilling to engage Democrats.  They both prefer the unilateral powers of the president.  Unfortunately for them, as we’ve witnessed with the transition from Obama to Trump, those directives only last until a new president takes the Oath of Office and can then change them.  Much of the Obama presidency has been undone because it was accomplished through executive actions rather than legislation.

EG/JS: How and why has polarization within Congress increased recently? How does this influence lawmaking?

ST: I wrote a whole book, called Party Polarization in Congress , on that issue. Changes in both the electoral and legislative environments have changed.  Increasingly, members of Congress come from districts in which their presidential candidates do well.  This is a relatively recent phenomenon in the United States.  As members face less cross-pressure between doing what their constituents want them to do and what their party leaders want them to do, party leadership has grown increasingly powerful.  These dual trends interact with each other, which exacerbates polarization.

EG/JS: How does the current impeachment process compare to previous attempts?

ST: Impeachment is a relatively rare phenomenon, so it is difficult to generalize too much.  While the paths to impeachment have varied, the Constitutional requirements remain the same — a majority vote in the House to impeach and a two-thirds vote in the Senate to remove from power.  These dictates allow for some flexibility in the earlier processes, but as the process plays out, the process will look increasingly similar to previous attempts.

EG/JS: - Much attention has been paid to a conservative surge in the U.S., with Trump as the prime example, but what does the election of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ilhan Omar to Congress, as well as Bernie Sanders' popularity say about the rise of the far left?

ST:  I’m not sure I would say that there was a conservative surge.  I think it is more accurately described as a populist surge, which encompasses both the rise of Trump and those on the left.  As the media landscape has changed, populists — both those in elective office and those who vote for them — have access to a bigger stage and a louder microphone.  The rise is inconsistent with the nuances of the legislative process and the idea of cooperation and compromise.


The Centre for European Studies and Comparative Politics is pleased to welcome prof. Sean Theriault for a Conference on December 2 (5 to 7 pm) at Sciences Po:  "The US Congress in the Age of Trump". To know more...

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Seminar with Gary W. Cox

The Political Economy of Suffrage Reform: The Great Reform Act of 1832
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Seminar POPAR "The Political Economy of Suffrage Reform: The Great Reform Act of 1832" (PDF, 75Ko)

Friday 22 November 2019, 12.30 – 2.30 pm, Sciences Po, Salle du Conseil, 13 rue de l’Université, 75007 Paris

Prominent scholars have viewed the Great Reform Act as a concession made by incumbent elites in order to defuse a revolutionary threat. In this essay, we argue that the threat from below did not entail a significant risk of regime overthrow and was addressed by establishing professional police forces in all provincial towns and half the counties. Such forces had been stoutly opposed by the gentry since the Glorious Revolution, on the grounds that they would increase Crown power too much. To make professional police forces palatable to the middle class required first reforming both budgets and elections at all levels of governance (national, municipal and county), so as to ensure taxpayers that their representatives would control the finances of the new forces.


Speaker: Gary W. Cox, William Bennett Munro Professor of Political Science

 In addition to numerous articles in the areas of legislative and electoral politics, Gary W.Cox is author of The Efficient Secret (winner of the 1983 Samuel H Beer dissertation prize and the 2003 George H Hallett Award), co-author of Legislative Leviathan (winner of the 1993 Richard F Fenno Prize), author of Making Votes Count (winner of the 1998 Woodrow Wilson Foundation Award, the 1998 Luebbert Prize and the 2007 George H Hallett Award); and co-author of Setting the Agenda (winner of the 2006 Leon D. Epstein Book Award). His most recent book is Marketing Sovereign Promises (2016).  A former Guggenheim Fellow, Gary W.Cox was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1996 and the National Academy of Sciences in 2005


Discussant: Olivier Rozenberg, Sciences Po, CEE

Chair: Cyril Benoît, Sciences Po, CEE, CNRS


Compulsory registration - For the external people to Sciences Po: You will have to arrive 10 minutes before the beginning of the seminar and to provide you with your identity papers)

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Campagne de soutien CNRS 2020 sections 36 et 40

Date limite : 22 novembre 2019
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Les candidates et candidats au concours CNRS 2020 qui souhaitent solliciter le soutien du Centre d'études européennes et de politique comparée de Sciences Po (UMR8239), sections 36 et 40,  sont invités à adresser au plus tard le vendredi 22 novembre 2019 les pièces suivantes, par courriel uniquement, à Linda Amrani, Secrétaire générale du CEE ( :

- le projet de recherche présenté au CNRS (dans une version provisoire selon l’avancement de sa rédaction)
- un CV
- le rapport de soutenance de thèse
- une lettre de motivation expliquant le choix du CEE

Chaque dossier sera transmis aux membres du Conseil d'unité et examiné début décembre. En fonction des avis exprimés, les candidates et candidats soutenus par le laboratoire recevront une lettre de confirmation de ce soutien dans le courant du mois de décembre. Leur seront proposés des conseils pour améliorer leur projet avant dépôt puis des « auditions blanches » seront organisées en temps voulu afin de soutenir et d'accompagner la préparation des candidates et candidats pré-sélectionnés par le CNRS.

Il est également recommandé aux candidates et candidats de se reporter aux « guides du candidat » diffusés par les sections concernées.

Dirigé par Florence Haegel depuis septembre 2016, le Centre d’études européennes et de politique comparée de Sciences Po (UMR 8239) est une unité de recherche pluridisciplinaire qui se consacre à l’analyse comparative du politique en privilégiant la production de connaissances sur l’Europe. Il met en œuvre des approches comparatives intra-européennes et des recherches comparant l’Europe et d’autres parties du monde. Il investit dans les méthodes de recherche en sciences sociales tant qualitatives que quantitatives.

Les domaines de recherche privilégiés se regroupent autour de quatre grands axes de recherche qui s’emboitent les uns aux autres :

  • les transformations du capitalisme ;
  • les villes, frontières et (im)mobilités ;
  • l’Etat comme producteur des politiques publiques ;
  • la mise sous tension de la démocratie représentative.

Le CEE rassemble aujourd’hui 30 chercheures et chercheurs confirmés (FNSP, CNRS, PU), une cinquantaine de doctorantes et doctorants et jeunes docteures et docteurs et plus d’une trentaine de chercheures et chercheurs associés, français et étrangers.

La politique scientifique du Centre vise à une large ouverture internationale par la diffusion des travaux scientifiques en langues étrangères, une dynamique européenne de recrutement, un investissement au sein des réseaux scientifiques plurinationaux et le développement à la fois de coopération avec des institutions de recherche à l’étranger et d’une stratégie d’accueil de chercheures et chercheurs invités.

La recherche ne se concevant pas sans la transmission, l’enseignement, la formation et l’accueil des jeunes chercheures et chercheurs sont au cœur des missions du CEE et les chercheures et chercheurs du Centre sont très largement impliqués dans les programmes d’enseignement de Sciences Po à tous les niveaux. Ils sont affiliés à quatre départements (science politique, sociologie, droit et histoire) ainsi qu’à l’École des affaires internationales (PSIA), à l’École urbaine, à l’École d’affaires publiques et bien sûr à l’École doctorale.

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