Join SOG - Structure and Organization of Government (IPSA RC27)

Dear Colleagues,

You may have had contact with SOG during one of its recent conferences or you may have heard about our network through our journal ‘Governance’ and the Governance Newsletter.

On behalf of SOG, the International Political Science Association (IPSA)'s ‘Research Committee on Structure and Organization of Government’ (RC 27), we would like to wish you a happy new year but also to give you some news about the network and to suggest you to renew your subscription or join SOG for the first time.

The SOG Research Committee's primary focus is the comparative study of executive branches, their changing roles in public policy making, and the various dimensions of executive politics. At the centre of this focus is the dynamics of public bureaucracies, their relations with political executives and interests in civil societies and their contributions to the design and implementation of public policies. In the widest sense, the activities of SOG include the study of government, governance, public administration, public management and regulation with a large variety of methods and theoretical perspectives.


SOG’s aim is to bring together researchers from many areas and disciplines and from various parts of the academic world for high quality conferences and stimulating interactions.

SOG is also the sponsor of the international journal ‘Governance. An International Journal of Policy, Administration and Institutions’, created in 1987.

SOG organizes at least one international conference a year, including a series of panels at the IPSA World Congress (every two years), providing valuable opportunities for disseminating research, excellent networks to exchange views among leading researchers and potential opportunities for future research co-operation and publications.

Have a look at the list of the ten SOG panels at the recent IPSA Congress in Madrid, July 2012 and at the pictures of the event!

The next SOG Conference in preparation is planned for 2014 in Jerusalem. See the proposed call for paper (more will be sent during the year)

We strongly encourage you to become member of SOG in 2013 (in case you are not already!) and to get to know the network and the membership. Becoming a member of SOG is simple, inexpensive ($30 ; NOK238 ; £21) and offers valuable benefits:

SOG members receive a subscription to the print version of Governance, as well as the Governance newsletter.

Join SOG now and subscribe to Governance!

SOG brings new people into its activities, from PhD students to senior academics and practitioners.  All those interested in the broad fields of public administration, public management and political science are welcome.

Use the SOG Website by sending us information about calls for papers and for conferences; also use the SOG website to advertise book releases.

If you are already member of SOG, then please spread the message of the benefits of SOG membership!

For SOG and Governance,
Joel D. Aberbach, University of California, Los Angeles, (SOG Chair) ; Philippe Bezes, National Center for Scientific Research, France (SOG Co-Chair) ; Robert Henry Cox, University of South Carolina, USA, Governance Co-editor ; Per Lægreid, University of Bergen (SOG Secretary-Treasurer), Alasdair Roberts, Suffolk University Law School, USA, Governance Co-editor