IPSA’s 24th World Congress of Political Science was held in Poznan, Poland, from 23rd to 28th July 2016. The Congress was attended by some 3,000 participants--scholars, researchers, and students--and hosted a variety of activities including Research Committees’ panels, plenaries and sessions, symposiums, and special guests’ lectures.
    Our RC hosted in this conference 5 panels (one closed, and four open)as follows:

1.  Panel no. 1:

Panel Code RC29.01:  Public Mood, Social and Political Interactions and Psychological Correlates: Conceptual and Empirical Contributions, Sunday, July 24 | 13:30-15:15 |

Chair

Dekker, Paul – Universiteit van Tilburg, Netherlands, p.dekker@scp.nl

Discussant

Zmerli, Sonja – Sciences Po Grenoble, France, sonja.zmerli@iepg.fr

Papers

How Social Movement Organizations Adopt Public Relations Strategies to Influence the Public Mood in Social Movements: A Case Study of Umbrella Movement in Hong Kong,  Kwong, Yan Wai – Hong Kong Shue Yan University, Hong Kong S.A.R., China,  kywrita1114@gmail.com

One Flag, Two Rallies: Mechanisms of Public Opinion in Israel During the 2014 Gaza War, Feinstein, Yuval – University of Haifa, Israel, fyuval@soc.haifa.ac.il

Public Mentality as a Factor to Praise Socioeconomic Status of a Developing Country, Gazieva, Ziyodakhon – Ball State University, Uzbekistan, zgaziyeva@gmail.com

The Anti-Public Sector Bias: Experimental Evidence on the Heuristic Formation of Public Opinion Toward Public Organizations, Weißmüller, Kristina – University of Hamburg, Germany,  kristina.weissmueller@wiso.uni-hamburg.de

2. Panel no. 2:

Panel Code: RC29.05  Profiling Political Leaders and the Analysis of Political Leadership: Cross-Cultural Study of Personality and Behavior, Monday, July 25 | 15:30-17:15 |

Chair

Ofer Feldman – Doshisha University, Japan, ofeldman@ mail.doshisha.ac.jp

Discussant

Gilbert, Robert – Northeastern University, United States, r.gilbert@neu.edu

Papers

Belief Systems of Japanese and US Political Leaders, Tanke, Sarah – Sciences Po Paris, France, sarah.tanke@ sciencespo.fr

Traits, Facets, Characteristic Adaptations, and Life Narratives in Context: A Comprehensive Psychological Profile of Nelson Mandela, Jennstål, Julia – Uppsala Universitet, Sweden, julia.jennstal@ statsvet.uu.se

When Does Personality Matter? A Framework for the Analysis of Political Leadership Through the Organization of Personal Staffs, Cammino, Pellegrino – Università degli Studi di Siena, Italy, p.cammino@gmail.com

When President Personality Influences Foreign Policy: Jacques Chirac and Nicolas Sarkozy’s Policies Towards Turkey’s Accession to the European Union (1995-2012), Sitzenstuhl, Charles – Sciences Po, France, charles.sitzenstuhl@ sciencespo.fr

3. Panel no. 3:

Panel Code: RC29.02 A Sentimental Democracy?  Tuesday, July 26 | 09:00-10:45 |

Chair

Arias-Maldonado, Manuel – Universidad de Malaga, Spain, marias@uma.es

Discussant

Escamez, Sebastian – Universidad de Malaga, Spain, sescamez@uma.es

Papers

Joint Development of Political Attitudes and Social Networks Among Students

Pristli, Yana-Mariya – State University-Higher School of Economics, Russia, yanapriestley@gmail.com

Sympathy for My Fellow Citizens? Dilemmas of Adam Smith ́s “Impartial Spectator” in Modern Multinational Democracies, Moreno, Carmelo – Universidad del País Vasco / Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea, Spain, carmelo.moreno@ehu.es

What’s Love Got to Do With It? Political Emotions and Racial Inequality in the US, Pritchard, Elizabeth – Bowdoin College, United States, epritcha@bowdoin.edu

4. Panel no. 4:

Panel Code: RC29.03  Personality and Politics: The Effects of Personal Traits on Behavior and Attitudes Tuesday, July 26 | 13:30-15:15 | Room PCC-15 / 1.5

Chair

Zmerli, Sonja – Sciences Po Grenoble, France, sonja.zmerli@iepg.fr

Discussant(s)

Zmerli, Sonja – Sciences Po Grenoble, France, sonja.zmerli@iepg.fr

Papers

Bringing Information In: Personality and Ideology in the Context of Direct Democracy, Freitag, Markus – Universitat Bern, Switzerland, markus.freitag@ ipw.unibe.ch
Ackermann, Kathrin –Universitat Bern, Switzerland, kathrin. ackermann@ipw.unibe.ch

Personalized Networks? How the Big Five Personality Traits Influence Individual Social Networks, Rapp, Carolin – Universitat Bern, Switzerland, carolin.rapp@ ipw.unibe.ch
 Freitag, Markus – Universitat Bern, Switzerland, markus.freitag@ ipw.unibe.ch Ingold, Karin – Universitat Bern, Switzerland, karin.ingold@ ipw.unibe.ch

Political Decision-Making in Moments of Crisis: A Conceptual Approach, Wilharm, Robin – Universität Duisburg-Essen, Germany, robin.wilharm@uni-due.de

The Tea Party in American Politics, Gilbert, Robert – Northeastern University, United States, r.gilbert@neu.edu

Why is Society Heading in the Right or Wrong Direction? Public Mood in The Netherlands 2013-2015, Dekker, Paul – Universiteit van Tilburg, Netherlands, p.dekker@ scp.nl

5. Panel no. 5:

Panel Code: RC29.06 Talking Politics: Cross-cultural and Cross-National Dimensions of Verbal Behavior in Politics
, Thursday, July 28 | 09:00-10:45 |

Chair

Dekker, Paul – Universiteit van Tilburg, Netherlands, p.dekker@scp.nl

Discussant(s)

Dekker, Paul – Universiteit van Tilburg, Netherlands, p.dekker@scp.nl

Papers

Good Questions, Bad Questions: On the Nature of Televised Political Interviews in Japan, Feldman, Ofer – Doshisha University, Japan, ofeldman@ mail.doshisha.ac.jp
, Kinoshita, Ken – Doshisha University, Japan, kk6453660@ gmail.com

Increasing Trust by Closing the Policy Distance Gap? Experimental Results of TV-Debates in Germany, Jansen, Carolin – University of Koblenz-Landau, Germany, jansenc@uni-landau.de

Lights, Camera, Action! The Political Clash on the Studio: Three Televised Election Debates on Mass Media, Pérez Rastrilla, Laura – Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain, lprastrilla@ccinf.ucm.es

“I Quote and I Am Not Making This Up”: The Role of Quotations in the Adversarial Discourse of Prime Minister’s Questions, Bull, Peter – University of York, United Kingdom, drpebull@ gmail.com

Business meeting

            In July 26th, the RC held a business meeting to discuss issues of common research interests. During this meeting I detailed on the status of membership during the last two years since the Montreal meeting (increased to more than 140 members); on the process of evaluating papers and panels for the current Congress; on the collaboration efforts with IPSA RC21 on Political Socialization and Education, including during the interim-Conferences meeting in Potsdam in 2017, in Japan in 2018, and in China in 2019, and on the journal RC21 manages, Politics, Culture, and Socialization; on the issues that should be at the core of the panels in the coming 2018 Brisbane World Congress (including political leadership, communication processes and effects, and socio-cultural aspects of human behavior in comparative aspects).
            An important and significant issue which was put on the agenda was the proposal to change the RC name to Research Committee on Political Psychology. The decsion is this regard was unanimously adopted. It was agreed to report to IPSA Headquarters on our intention to use the new name of the RC in future communication.

            In this meeting we have selected our members of the board and Chair and vice chairs for the coming two years. These are:

Chair

Sonja Zmerli (France) – Sciences Po Grenoble, France, sonja.zmerli@iepg.fr

Vice-Chair

Paul Dekker  (The Netherlands) – Universiteit van Tilburg, Netherlands, p.dekker@scp.nl

Ofer Feldman (Japan) – Doshisha University, Japan, ofeldman@ mail.doshisha.ac.jp


 

Members of the Board

1. Peter Bull (UK) – University of York, United Kingdom, drpebull@ gmail.com

2. Annemarie Walter (UK) – University of Nottingham, United Kingdom, annemarie.walter@nottingham.ac.uk

3. Robert Gilbert (USA) – Northeastern University, United States, r.gilbert@neu.edu

4. Sigal Ben-Rafael Galanti (Israel) – Beit Berl College, Israel, sigalbrg@ gmail.com

5. Ziyodakhon Gazieva (Uzbekistan)– Ball State University, Uzbekistan, zgaziyeva@gmail.com

6. Kathrin Ackermann (Swisserland)  – Universitat Bern, Switzerland, kathrin. ackermann@ipw.unibe.ch

7. Kristina Weißmüller (Germany) – University of Hamburg, Germany, kristina.weissmueller@wiso.uni-hamburg.de

8. Shingo Hamanaka (Japan)– Ryukoku University, Japan, shingohamanaka@gmail.com

9. Sarah Tanke (France)– Sciences Po Paris, France, sarah.tanke@ sciencespo.fr

10. Laura Pérez Rastrilla (Spain)– Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain, lprastrilla@ccinf.ucm.es

We look forward to fruitful collaboration and communication among all members of the RC with the intention to have more panels in the Brisbane 2018 Conference to reflect the variety of interest of our membership have in the field.

Ofer Feldman, Ph.D.,

Outgoing Chair