OCTOBER 2010 / Vol. 23 (1) Sao Paulo, IPSA Conference (February 2011) The first Joint conference organised by the International Political Science Association (IPSA) and the European Consortium of Political Research (ECPR) explores the theme “Whatever Happened to North-South?”. It will take place in Sao Paulo, Brazil on February 16-19, 2011. The conference will explore the continuing relevance of the international North-South divide, and it will be organised into three broad Themes: Theme 1: Changing patterns of IR/Regional Integration Theme 2: Political regimes, democratic consolidation and the quality of democracy Theme 3: Economic trends and political, social and cultural changes Among the numerous proposed panels of the conference, there are several of special interest to RC28 Members, dealing with issues of multilevel governance, federalism, or decentralization: – Multi-level governance and regional integration worldwide: the parliamentary dimension – The stability of financial markets as a global public good – Latin America and Europe in perspective: processes of regional integration in times of crisis – Competing model of regional integration? Latin America in comparative perspective– Representational roles in multi-layered democracies – Collective political actors in multi-level political systems and the quality of democracy – The effects of decentralization on the democratic process – Multilevel political regimes and prospects for gender positive democracies – Local elections: democratization from below? For general information about the conference, please check its website: http://saopaulo2011.ipsa.org. The full program of the conference will be posted on its website by late October, 2010. For questions, please contact the organizers or our RC28 program chair, Sonja Walti ([email protected]). Reykjavik, ECPR Conference (August 2011) The European Consortium for Political Research is organising its Sixth General conference in Reykjavik, Iceland, on August 25-27 2011. The academic programme will be organised in the format of sections and panels, each section containing between 3 and 10 panels. There will also be an ‘open’ section, consisting of standalone panels that do not fit neatly into any of the listed sections. Panel sessions are scheduled to last one hour and forty minutes and include a chair person, discussant and up to five paper givers. The programme will be very broad, with more than 50 sections covering all the main areas of political science, political theory, international relations and European studies.