Le Grand Syllabus 2016/2017
CENTER FOR POLITICAL RESEARCH (CEVIPOF)
http://www.cevipof.com/ twitter: @CEVIPOF https://www.facebook.com/centrederecherches.cevipof Created in 1960, and afﬁliated with the CNRS since 1968, the Center for Political Research at Sciences Po (UMR 7048), formerly known as the Center for French Political Life (Cevipof), studies the major political currents that shape political forces and institutions, as well as the factors that contribute to orienting political behavior and attitudes in France. Cevipof’s current director is Martial Foucault. The study of political behavior, attitudes, and opinions is one of Cevipof’s traditional lines of research and the area of concentration of a good part of its research staff. Today Cevipof is one of the most important centers of research on electoral behavior in France and Europe as well as other contemporary democracies, thanks to the presence of several world-class researchers in the ﬁeld. The study of political ideas is one of Cevipof’s strengths, due to the quality of the work, both individual and collaborative, undertaken by its researchers, who have contributed to making this a major theme of the Center’s research and to raising its proﬁle in this domain. Cevipof conducts research in several thematic areas, including ideology, political forces, electoral behavior, electoral geography, political personnel, and institutions. Other themes are also studied, such as politics and the media, the agricultural world, diversity and gender parity, labor unions, non-proﬁt organizations, etc. Cevipof is a multidisciplinary research center, drawing on quantitative and qualitative methods for conducting surveys and polling, as well as their statistical and scientiﬁc analysis. The advent of big data related to voting has resulted in the development of new methods and kinds of research, bringing in other disciplines from the ‘hard’ sciences to analyze new aspects of electoral behavior in France and in comparative perspective. Thus, Cevipof is striving to develop its capacity to collect, manage and process metadata. Cevipof’s researchers also teach, contribute to national and international scholarly journals, publish their analyses in major daily newspapers and weekly magazines, host experts from abroad, and participate in international scholarly events. Since its founding, Cevipof has collected considerable material related to elections, primarily destined for research centers. Today, its document center contains the scholarly work of researchers and a wide range of resources: electoral sources (printed matter, quantitative results and electoral archives), political and social movement tracts, a rich corpus of opinion polls (25,000 references since the 1950s dealing with social and political life in France), collections of sociological surveys conducted by researchers on various subjects and, to preserve institutional memory, the administrative archives of the Center. The electoral archives hold a double interest. First, they contain original material, produced by and for research, a reﬂection of Cevipof’s activity, organized into a collection, with its advantages and its limits. They thus constitute a genuine source. But they also contain material that has been partially digitized, with its advantages, especially greater accessibility, and its limits, both legal and scholarly, since digitized material is no longer an exact reﬂection of the original paper.