Activities Beside research and teaching the Chair of Comparative Politics is responsible for a number of other scientific activities. Directorship of Swiss Political Science Review From 2007 to 2011 Professor Caramani was the director of the Swiss Political Science Review, the journal of the Swiss Political Science Association. Matthias Meyer-Schwarzenberger and Christine Scheidegger were in charge with the review over this period of time. Co-editorship of Political Data Yearbook From 2010 to 2012 Professor Caramani was co-editor of the Political Data Yearbook, the annual publication of the European Journal of Political Research of the ECPR. ECPR Joint Sessions 2011 After more than two years of preparations, the ECPR Joint Sessions 2011 gave us the opportunity to welcome more than 600 leading political scientists to St.Gallen. Among the most important conferences in political science, the ECPR Joint Sessions stand out by their comprehensiveness and intensity. Scholars of all generations and many nationalities come together, each attending with a paper, to engage in five days of inspiring discussions that yield lasting personal contacts and scientific advance. The focal event of the ECPR Joint Sessions of Workshops 2011 was the Stein Rokkan Lecture held by Elinor Ostrom, Arthur F. Bentley Professor of Political Science and Senior Research Director of the Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis at Indiana University, Bloomington. Professor Ostrom has been awarded the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences in 2009 for her analysis of governance, in particular the commons. Congress of the Swiss Political Science Association 2009 For the first time after 38 years, the Annual Congress of the Swiss Political Science Association (SPSA) was hosted by the University of St.Gallen. More than 120 political scientists from all political science departments at Swiss universities gathered on the University's campus to present and discuss their recent and ongoing research projects and results. The conference was crowned by a plenary session with Peter J. Katzenstein, Professor for International Studies at Cornell University. A panel of discussants, chaired by James W. Davis, reacted to his statements: Thomas J. Biersteker (Graduate Institute, Geneva), Francis Cheneval (Oxford University) and Katharina Michaelowa, University of Zurich.