Welcome to the website of HAPSc! The purpose of this website is to bring you the action and work of our organization’s scientific entity.
The Hellenic Association of Political Scientists continues its efforts for the sane and systematic union representation of all Greek Political Scientists and the scientific placement of its members. It is a model organization for the country, developing correct practices for the achievement of its goals. It creates a consignment concluding international collaborations, producing rich research product and educating hundreds of young people every year.
Why someone deserves a new deal with the scientific side of politics? Politics is certainly one of the oldest engagements in human history. However, not even researchers and people who are involved can define it specifically. Perhaps because the term of politics cannot be limited to a sentence with strict expression and clear boundaries. Simultaneously, the “nature” of the politician and the different meanings given to this term are subject to ongoing debate and, not infrequently, confrontation among political scientists. Indicatively the definition given in the dictionary of Cambridge University: “Politics is the total of government activities, the study of the forms in which a country is governed.” But we can possibly say that politics is the notion of negotiation or compromise between the members of a society whether it is about individuals, or society of states, or organizations in order to resolve their differences. Through engagement with politics, individuals are encouraged to participate in the composition of a set of decisions.
Modern political science explores everything that involves power relations (influence or enforcement) and exercises political function … everything that is related to speech production and binding work for various human collectives and their institutional instilling. Therefore, political science is concerned for both the function of the state and the transnational institutions, as well for the bases, the dynamics and the results of contestation movements.
The Study of politics is one of the most difficult activities, because it consists a scientific industry, that is not only based on conducting experiments, but also bears on systematic study and research of historical sources of the current historical and political reality. When once Albert Einstein was asked how the man who discovered the atomic structure, but was unable to devise political institutions, those which would prevent individuals to lead the society to destruction, he replied: “it is very simple, the study of politic issues is much more difficult than physics”. *
In our country, even though, a new political scientist deals with such a difficult subject, has no possibility outside the academic community, even in times with serious efforts to continue to indulge in political science through an environment specially designed for this purpose. Unfortunately, after the university, political scientists have to choose between the lonesome track of study or in a clear path led by partisan ideologies.
This gap is filled by Hellenic Association of Political Scientists. HAPSc, composes a Scientific – Professional Association, and aims through its operation, to bring new political scientists at the forefront of developments and to equip them with the necessary qualifications, that will make them more competitive in the international and national scientific and professional firmament. The Management of HAPSc, as a whole, serves the Association with transparency, sense of responsibility and cooperation.
I wish you a good journey and I urge you not to hesitate to contact the page operators for further information. With my warmest wishes for creativity, progress and achievement of your academic and professional goals!
Symeon P. Sidiropoulos
Political Scientist – International Relations
PhD University of Piraeus
*John Herz, International Politics in the Atomic Age (N.York: Columbia University Press, 1962), σελ. 214/ Διεθνείς Σχέσεις Συνέχεια και Μεταβολή (Ινστιτούτο Διεθνών Σχέσεων Ι. Σιδέρης) σελ. 17.