The Nordic Space and the Public Policy Department: an Annual Odyssey of ECPR in Oslo
Representatives of HSE Public Policy Department participated in the 11th annual general conference of ECPR (European Consortium for Political Research) which was held from 6th to 9th of September 2017 at the Norwegian capital, Oslo. University of Oslo an academic Institution par excellence in the northern Europe is an eminent place of higher education in Norway for more than 200 years. Hence Oslo became the Political scientist’s city for the four consecutive days when the scholars from all over Europe and across the Atlantic converged for their annual summitry of scholarship and research on the subject of Political science and added discipline.
The very impressive infrastructural support of the University team coupled with the impeccable management from ECPR volunteers did make more than three thousand participants move effortlessly from different parts of the University campus with much ease and be on time to attend the range of panels.
The opening day of the event was marked with the introductory lecture by the internationally acclaimed political scientist Prof Johan P. Olsen on the subject of Democratic Accountability and the Changing European Political Order. Prof Olsen did speak to the jam packed audience of political scientist about the pre-eminent changes in the political order in Europe and a range of corrective measures that are needed to consolidate the European social and political institutions in the high storm of populism and political expediency. Prof Olsen’s lecture was followed by the general reception at the picturesque settings of National Opera House Oslo.
Higher School of Economics was represented by the Public Policy Department where four of its members did participate in this annual conference. Prof Nina Belyaeva who is the official representative of HSE at ECPR executive council, was accompanied by Artyom Uldanov, Sanjay Rajhans and Victor Albert.
Prof Belyaeva was the honored discussant and co-chair of the panel with the centrality of the theme namely Local Impacts of Urban Grassroots and Radical Movements . The very topical theme of emergence of the new political actors across Europe has evinced a great interest among scholars and in this year’s ECPR panel, the discussion on this subject was moderated by Sanjay Kumar Rajhans as the Chair of the panel namely New Party Political Actors. Victor Albert had his paper presented on the topic “Resisting Co-optation? Reconsidering Social Movement Agency in Brazil’s Participatory Institutions” while Artem Uldanov did present his paper on the subject of the formation of the Transport policy of Russian Federation with the theme “Public Participation as a part of Knowledge-based Decision-making: Case of Current Transport Policy in Moscow.”
On the sidelines of the conference, a range of discussions did take place among the scholars and the Public Policy team of HSE who did manage to forge a range of new acquaintances and contacts into potential projects of co-operation and collaborations with our colleagues across different European Institutions.