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Ideas, Knowledge and Politics (Section 46)

To understand political decisions and actions, it is necessary to study the sources and content of our political beliefs. To assess these decisions and actions, we need to study whether our political beliefs are accurate.

Why do different people interpret the political world in different ways? How do they interpret either their own interests or the public interest; from what sources are these interpretations drawn; and how do these interpretations motivate political action? Given political actors’ imperfect knowledge, how do they try to approximate full knowledge of the likely consequences of their actions, and how successful are these attempts? Under what conditions do political beliefs tend to be true? These questions have tended to be neglected within political science, with the result that our understandings of political processes are often incomplete. By addressing itself to the sources and the accuracy of our political beliefs, political epistemology seeks to fill a significant lacuna in political science and political theory.

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Section Officers

Chair
Jeffrey Friedman
University of California, Berkeley

Secretary/
Communications

Paul Gunn
Goldsmith's, University of London

Treasurer
Nick Clark
Susquehanna University

2020 Annual Meeting Program Chairs
Jeffrey Friedman
University of California, Berkeley
[email protected]

Council

Term: 09/2019-08/2021
Ben Miller, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Matthias Matthijs, Johns Hopkins University

08/2018-09/2020
Vivien Schmidt, Boston University

Hélène Landemore, Yale University

 

     Section Awards

Section awards are presented during the APSA annual meeting awards ceremony.
To learn more about any award listed, contact the award committee chair for the award.
 

Graduate Student/Post-Doc Travel Award

Graduate students or post-docs who have submitted a proposal to present a paper at an Ideas, Knowledge, and Politics panel at the 2019 APSA meetings may apply for an award to cover their anticipated travel and lodging expenses. Applications should include a description of the proposed paper in as much detail as possible. 

Nominations due: January 15, 2020

Award Committee: 
Jeffrey Friedman, University of California, Berkeley
[email protected]

Matthias Matthijs, Johns Hopkins University
[email protected]


Ideas, Knowledge and Politics Graduate Student Paper Award

The Ideas, Knowledge, and Politics (IKP) division announces its graduate student paper prize. This $500 cash award will recognize the APSA conference paper by a graduate student or post-doc, presented at an IKP panel at the 2019 annual meetings, that best explored the role of ideas or knowledge in politics or government. Nominations will be solicited from 2019 IKP panel chairs and discussants. The awards committee reserves the right to make no award.

Nominations due: November 1, 2019

Award Committee: 
Jeffrey Friedman, University of California, Berkeley
[email protected]

Kai Jäger, King's College London
[email protected]
 

Ideas, Knowledge, and Politics Best Book Award

The Ideas, Knowledge, and Politics (IKP) section announces its Best Book Award, for the best recent work on empirical or normative aspects of the role of ideas or knowledge in politics or government. The committee is authorized to go back several years, at its discretion, and to make its own nominations as well as accepting nominations from others, including book authors. Nominated books published in 2019 or previous years should be sent to committee members with a note or email message specifying that the book is being nominated. If only one copy of the book is available, please communicate this to the committee member to whom the book is sent. Authors are urged to follow up with publishers to be sure that books have been submitted. The nomination and submission deadline is February 1, 2020.

Nominations due: February 1, 2020

Award Committee:
Hélène Landemore, Yale University
[email protected] 

Benjamin Miller, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
[email protected]

Eli Davey, Princeton University
[email protected]

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