APSA 2014 Conference

From 28 September, 2014 to 1 October, 2014
9 - 5PM

What:                         Australian Political Studies Association Annual Conference 

When:                        Sunday 28 September to Wednesday 1 October 2014 

Where:                       University of Sydney, Australia

Conference theme:   Elections, democracies and autocracies


Deadlines:                  Proposals must be uploaded online by 1st March 2014

Click here to download the program (PDF).

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The event is organized by the APSA2014 Program Committee, the Department of Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney, and the Australian Political Studies Association.

The conference general theme this year is ‘Democracy, Autocracy and Elections’. The conference is designed to showcase research and strengthen networks among scholars and practitioners in political studies and international relations in Australia and the world, and has attracted a record number of participants – many from overseas. 

The Program:

Will combine all-day interactive thematic workshops, over one hundred stream panels on a wide variety of topics, special plenary sessions, and several major social events. Most events will take place at the New Law School. 

Thematic workshops on Sunday 29 September on Challenges of Electoral Integrity in Asia-Pacific; Comparative Immigration Policies and Politics; The Future of Environmental Movements; The Legal Regulation of Political Parties; Graduate Workshop; ComparativePolitical Finance Workshop.

Over 100 panels related to the following streams: Australian and Indigenous Politics; Comparative Politics; Democracy, Autocracy, and Elections; Environmental Politics; International Relations; Political Theory; Public Policy; Open Stream. 

Highlights among special sessions:

A plenary IPSA roundtable on ‘Challenges of Electoral Integrity’ moderated by Professor Guy Lachapelle (IPSA Secretary General, Concordia University), featuring Professors Aiji Tanaka (Waseda University) and Chan Wook Park(Seoul). 

An exciting retrospective of the work of director Eugene Jarecki, including screenings of four of his major documentary films and live interviews with the director and producer, moderated by Professor James Der Derian (Sydney). 

A Presidential Address by Professor Brian Head (University of Queensland) on ‘What is the Value of Political Science?” with a roundtable discussion with Jenny Lewis and Jacqui True moderated by Professor Graeme Gill. 

Professor Lance Bennett (Washington University) will also speak at a special session on ‘Democratic mobilization in the digital age’.

Social events:

Highlights include a drinks and canapé reception in the Strangers’ Dining Room at the New South Wales Parliament in Sydney from 6.00-8.00pm on Monday 29th September, including featuring a welcome to Sydney and also a brief speech by the well-known ABC political commentator Antony Green. There will be a Conference Dinner and Award Ceremony at the Marigold Restaurant in historic Chinatown the following evening.

Conference Program and Schedule:

Please see the website:

A mobile Guidebook program app will be available for the event for breaking news and announcements. A separate document is available with the practical Logistical Information for the event. 


All participants need to register at Free entry for students from the University of Sydney. 


Location: New Law School