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Pepper D. Culpepper wins Stein Rokkan Prize

The winner of the XVIIth Stein Rokkan Price for Comparative Social Research (2012) is Professor Pepper D Culpepper from the European University Institute’s Department of Political and Social Sciences.

In his book on Quiet Politics and Business Power” Pepper D. Culpepper takes issue with Abraham Lincoln’s view of the democratic process. He argues that open contestation, political conflict, compromise and accountability of politicians applies only to a smaller fraction of all major political decisions, above all to those issues which are marked by high political salience, a predominance of formal institutions — defined as rules established in the legislative arena by state actors — and moderate or low levels of complexity.



Quiet Politics and Business Power. Corporate Control in Europe and Japan Cambridge University Press, 2011

His book takes up a major topic of Stein Rokkan’s work. Namely, the role of economic interests in democratic politics. Culpepper’s ‘quiet politics’ is closely related to Rokkan’s insight in his analysis of political opposition in Norway, that ‘votes count, but resources decide’. ‘Quiet politics’ points to a major problem of democracies, often overlooked by the focus of politicians and political scientists on salient political conflicts, partisan coalitions and public debate. It contributes to empirical democratic theory, redirecting attention to policy-making in non-salient but tremendously important arenas.

In addition, Culpepper’s study builds empirical and theoretical bridges to the fields of business administration, to law and to comparative political economy more generally. Quiet Politics and Business Power is a major contribution to the study of political and economic institutions, processes and outcomes; and a deserving winner of the prize.



Transformation in a Changing Climate: Call for Papers

Climate change is considered by many to be the greatest challenge to humanity ― a ‘perfect storm’ that will lead to unprecedented social and ecological impacts unless addressed in a comprehensive, urgent manner.

The “Transformation in a Changing Climate” conference aims to bring together diverse perspectives on deliberate transformation in response to climate change. The conference will serve as a creative, innovative and inspirational gathering that catalyzes new insights on transformation processes and the implications for research, policy and practice. Such insights will contribute to international transdisciplinary research initiatives, including Future Earth.

The organisers welcome papers that address the central issues and those that cut across themes to look at the linkages between different scales and dimensions of transformation. Particularly interested in understanding relationships between personal, cultural and systems transformation. Seeking papers that address questions such as:

  • What types of transformation are considered necessary?
  • What factors facilitate transformation in theory and in practice, across different systems, sectors, and domains?
  • What types of capacities and competencies need to be developed to initiate and facilitate transformations that are both ethical and sustainable?
  • How does science itself need to change, and how can new approaches to global change research contribute to transformation of both theory and practice?

Abstract Submission Deadline on November 1, 2021

Submission of abstracts for oral presentations will be open until November 1, 2012. We kindly ask you to submit abstracts of no more than 250 words by email, in a Windows-compatible Word format to:

Authors will be notified about the review process by December 1, 2012 via email. If the abstract is accepted, then full papers of 3000 - 6000 words will be due on May 1, 2013. A selection of presented papers will be published in special journal issues.

For further information please visit the conference website:, or contact

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ISSC participates in High-level Dialogue on The Future We Choose

In the context of the Rio+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development, a Declaration on The Future We Choose has been issued as a result of a High-level Dialogue on Global Sustainability. The Declaration, which can be downloaded here, was prepared by the Nobel Laureate Symposium Series on Global Sustainability. The Series unites Nobel Laureates of various disciplines, top-level representatives from politics and civil society, and renowned experts on sustainability.

Heide Hackmann, Executive Director of the ISSC, speaking at another event in the context of Rio+20

On 17 June 2021 the Nobel Laureate Symposium Series on Global Sustainability continued in Rio de Janeiro, focusing on the scientific support for policy action and in particular for the actions described by the final report of the UN Secretary-General’s High-level Panel on Global Sustainability: Resilient People, Resilient Planet: A Future Worth Choosing.

The Declaration on The Future We Choose was developed and signed by 39 leading policy makers, civil society representatives, scientists and representatives of the research community, including ISSC Executive Director, Heide Hackmann.

Download the Declaration for more details.