PCP Workshop needed?

Bob Parks (bobp@lightlink.com)
Wed, 13 May 1998 12:56:56 -0500

I am a Political Scientist who has been monitoring this list for a couple
of years, and have learned much from many of you. I am a theorist by
training, and am interested in constructivism in the study of political
orientations - particularly the values and beliefs that comprise "political
ideologies" and "political cultures". I suspect there are people on this
list who have diverse academic backgrounds, and I have witnessed many of
them receive excellent advice on many questions, kindly framed at an
understandable level. I would like to attend one of the PCP conferences,
but finances haven't permitted. In any case, these conferences seem to be
oriented toward sharing research among PCP practitioners rather than

My question to the group is: would it be desirable - and if so, possible -
to have a training workshop or short course in PCP techniques, to which
people could bring their research topics, and receive guidance in planning.
If it were possible, the ideal for me would be to have a regional workshop
(NY, or N.England?). I'm not sure how many people would be able to attend,
but I know of at least a couple of others who would also be interested. And
I suspect a reasonable limit of 15 could be assembled.

What do you seasoned list members think?

Bob Parks
Associate Professor
Elmira College
Elmira, N.Y. 14901