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Although a member of the UK Political Studies Association, I rarely attend its annual conference (in Bath this year on 11-13 April) which I find just too big, too expensive and too far off my research interests to go to. Beyond a paper of Russia and a couple on Czech party politics by authors whose work I already know, there seems pretty much zilch on post-communist politics bar some discussions of EU enlargement and Europeanization.

Despite a heavy British and West European politics slant, there are however some interesting things scheduled to be presented. Hopefully my £58 PSA subscription will get me electronic access to some of the following:

John Hogan ‘A Predictive Critical Juncture Framework’

Claire Randelson ‘Waiting in the Queue: the Casualties of the EU’s Enlargement Fatigue’

Eline de Roolje ‘Do we participate the same? The structure of political participation in Europe’

Alistair Clark and Colin Copus ‘A Sign of the Times? The Rise of Small Parties and Independents in British Local Politics’

Robin Petitt ‘Revisiting Michels’ “Iron Law of Oligarchy”

Nicolo Conte ‘Stay in or stay out the role of small parties on the Italian centre-left’

Roman Gerodimos ‘Engaging Young Citizens: Young Users’ Evaluations of Issue Websites’

Marc Stears ‘Activist Thinking and Democracy’

Kevin Gillan ‘Understanding Activists’ Political Theories’

Thomas Saalfied ‘Coalition Durability in Western Europe: Estimating the Influence of Institutions of Coalition Governance’

Gerry Stoker ‘Cross-Disciplinary Work on Governance: What is there to gain?’

Graham Smith ‘Governance and Citizen Participation’

Ed Phelps ‘Explaining Youth Turnout in the UK’

Simon Usherwood ‘The UK Independence Party’

John Craig ‘Case-based learning in Politics’

Lawrence Black ‘The free world’s largest youth political movement’: The Young Conservatives in the 1950s and 1960s

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