The American Political Science Association's 2010 annual meeting took place in a sweltering Washington, DC from September 2nd to September 5th. The theme was The Politics of Hard Times: Citizens, Nations, and the International System Under Economic Stress. Not surprisingly, political scientists, economists, public policy scholars and practitioners from around the world came to participate and the conference featured a definite emphasis on sessions and sections with a distinctly economic bent. More than half of those attendees who made their way to the UTP booth were from Europe.
There was a lot of interest in UTP's new and developing series, European Union Studies and Japan and Global Society. EU Studies in particular was the source of a lot of interest among younger scholars and newly-minted PhDs working on European politics and policy and looking for an outlet for their work within North America.
Among the most popular titles for browsers, Kristin Good's Municipalities and Multiculturalism (runner-up for the APSA Urban Politics Best Book award), Phil Ryan's Multicultiphobia, Brooke Jeffrey's forthcoming Divided Loyalties and David E. Smith's forthcoming Federalism and the Constitution of Canada attracted attention. UTP's books in political theory and philosophy were also of interest, particularly Leon Harold Craig's The Platonian Leviathan and Mark Blackell et al's Rousseau and Desire.
Several UTP authors came by the booth including Louis Pauly, co-editor of Complex Sovereignty, Raymond Tatalovich, co-author of Cultures at War, Donald Forbes, author of George Grant, and David Rayside, author of Queer Inclusions, Continental Divisions.
Overall it was a worthwhile and interesting year at APSA. See you next year in San Francisco.