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Yves Schemeil’s short biography

Yves Schemeil is Emeritus Professor of Political Science, the University of Grenoble (1997-2015); Global and Comparative Politics Professor, Institut Universitaire de France  (Paris, http://cpu.fr/iuf/). Former Head, Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Grenoble; former vice-president, IPSA and French PSA; chair, national board for the recruitment of University professors in Political science; and member, several executive councils (ENA, FNSP, CNRS, Ecole Polytechnique, Fondation Maison des Sciences de l’Homme).

He taught in several master programs in France, Switzerland, Japan, and Lebanon at master and PHD levels.

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He visited universities in several countries (the University of Chicago, as a Fulbright scholar in 1990; UCLA (Spring term 1980), Berkeley (summer session 1985); Saint-Joseph University in Beirut (1972-1975; 2001-2016); the American University of Paris (2005); the University of Waseda, Tokyo (Summer 2006); the University of Sophia, Tokyo (Winter semester 2008-2009); the University of Keio, Tokyo (October-November 2015); Akita International University of  Japan (April 2016).

Evaluations reports and peer reviews were written for several publishers and committees, like Routledge, Rowling, Polity (2010, 2011, 2016); the AXA Research Fund (2008) and the Swiss Research Fund (2009); Vanderbilt University, Nashville (2006), the University of Quebec at Montreal (2010), the Free University of Brussels (2014); EspNet (European Network in Political Science’s award in innovative teaching 2007); the University of Keio Center of Excellence (Tokyo 2007); the Japan society for the Promotion of Science (2012); The National research Funds of Belgium  (2014-2015); the European Science Foundation (2015); the European Research Council (2015).

He designed three bachelor programs and six Master programs (lately, on international organization; on the the Middle East and the Mediterranean regions).

Selected publications since 2000: “Comer en Paz” in F. Letamendia, Cucinas del Mundo, 2001;  “From French Nationalism to European Cosmopolitism”, in T. Inoguchi, A Comparative survey on Europe and Asia, Tokyo, Institute of Oriental Culture Discussion Paper N°13, 2004;  2007 Al siyasat fi-l-charq al-qadim (Politics in the Ancient Orient, translated by Mustapha Maher),  Cairo, Al majlis al aala al thaqafa; “Bargaining on Law and Bureaucracies: A Constitutional Theory of Development “, Journal of Comparative Economics, Fall 2010 (with E. Brousseau and J. Sgard); EU to Higashiajia no Chiikikyodotai (The EU and East Asian Regional Community), Tokyo, Sophia University Press  (in Japanese, 2012, with Masaharu Nakamura, eds.); “Dynamism and Resilience of Intergovernmental Organizations in a World of Persisting State Power and Rising Non-State Actors” in Bob Reinalda, ed., The Ashgate Companion to Non State Actors, London, Ashgate; “Bringing International Organization in: Global Institutions as Adaptive Hybrids” Organization Studies, 34(2) 2013; “Anxiety, Knowledge, and Resistance to Persuasion: Evidence from a Quasi-experimental Survey on Global Climate Change”, Political Psychology (with A. Naï and J.L. Marie, accepted Manuscript ID: POPS-OA-12-2014-2204).

His current work addresses some issues that are neglected by the scholarly literature, like the management of IOs and world reordering. To assess the causes of the former he focuses on the drivers of adaptive behavior. To identify the explanatory variables that are shaping the world, he compares the various organizational and constitutional designs that may be more or less conducive to a more institutionalized planet in the long run.

In international Studies and Organization Theory his research interests go, firstly, to intergovernmental organizations’ autonomization, enlargement and cooperation. Explaining such processes is also addressing IOs’ history, the role played by experts, political leaders, and representatives in the decision-making process; management, accountability, and political communication; organizational culture, innovation and learning; inside and outside coalitions; norm creation and norm enactment. Secondly, the prospects for world reordering are assessed. To identify the explanatory variables that are reshaping the world, he compares the various organizational, procedural, and constitutional designs that may bring about a more institutionalized planet in the long run and the role emerging powers play to rejuvenate established negotiation rules.

In Comparative Politics and Political Behavior, the focus is on comparison by differences across cultures in the long run, with a special interest for Asia, and the Middle East on the one hand, Europe and North America on the other hand. Political judgement and democratic deliberation are studied with the help of original cross-national surveys and experimentation. Institutional innovation and political trajectories are traced back to ancient times, from the Ancient Orient to the Far East. Insights also come from Political Psychology, noteworthy in experiments conducted to measure resistance to persusasion.

Finally, he recently moved towards an exploration of non Western Political thought, with a focus on the possibility to build a universal science of politics.


Link to published materials

Vitae Schemeil_2016

New: a list of recent working papers

Academic Networks

The International Organization Network

Presentation: Conceived as a research group of the PACTE-CNRS laboratory of Grenoble, the IOs network connects French local Researchers to their peers abroad, mainly in the Netherlands (Bob Reinalda in Nimegen), Swizerland (Jean-Christophe Graz in Lausanne), Germany (Rafael Biermann in Jena), Italy (Fulvio Attinà and Stefania Panobianco in Catania), and Canada (Louis Belanger in Quebec). It is sponsored by the Rhone-Alpes Region (Explora, Cible) and the European Union (Erasmus). Most of theses scholars are concerned with issues of management of IOs, cooperation between organizations or among their members, and their adaptation to environmental change.

Last events


  • Erasmus visit of Fulvio Attinà, Professor of Political science and Jean Monnet Chair at the University of Catania
  • Monday 15 September, 15.15-17.15 (master class, discussant:  Yves Schemeil): « Disaster and emergency policies at the international and global system levels »
  • Tuesday 16 September, 10.30-12.30 (Staff Seminar on IOs, discussant: Wolf-Dieter Eberwein): « IOs and the Global Strategies towards Disaster and Emergency Response« 
  • Wednesday 17 Septembre, 17.15-19.15 (master class, European Governance): « EU External Operations and Multilateralism: From Traditional to New Security Issues »

Future events

IPSA World Congress, Poznan (24-28 July 2016)

The Politics and Cognition Network (COGNI)

Presentation. COGNI is a research group of the PACTE-CNRS lab in Grenoble, in which some 24 scholars worked in recent years, with an average of 6 contributors to current research. It is funded by the Ministry of Higher Education (through an ANR type contract) and the Rhone-Alpes Region (3 Cible programs). It focuses on cognition and choice, political reasoning and emotions, addressed with empirical data collected through repeated medium and large surveys (up to 1213) in two countries (France and Switzerland). Its findings are discussed by peers from several countries (among whom George Marcus, Hanspeter Kriesi, Pascal Sciarini, Robert Luskin, Henry Milner, Yoshiaki Kobayashi, etc.)

Last events

  • Publication in Political Psychology, forthcoming (preview at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/pops.12331/abstract
  • Political Psychology Panel (J.L. Marie, Sciences po Lyon, & Y. Schemeil) at the last Congress of the French PSA, Aix-en-Provence, 22-25 June 2015.
  • Discussion of the « Opinion stability » paper (A. Nai & Y. Schemeil) in a dedicated ECPR panel, Bordeaux, september 2013.
  • Reviewing the « political reasoning » book project in the CEVIPOF, Paris, June 25 2013.

Future events

Papers on personality, political knowledge, data quality, etc. (2016-2017)

Book in French on La démocratie par le bas: comment les citoyens changent d’opinion

The Comparative Politics and Political Thought Network

Presentation. This network is actually composed of several sub-networks that loosely communicate: research on new institutional economy’s issues (with Eric Brousseau, Paris Dauphine; and Jérôme Sgard, CERI-Sciences Po Paris) ; research on non western political thought (with Hiroshi Watanabe, Hosei-Tokyo; Ken Tsutsumibayashi, Keio-Tokyo; Rajeev Bhargava, Delhi; Charles Butterworth, Maryland; Jean Leca, Sciences Po Paris); research on political change in the Middle east in comparative perspective (with Eberhard Kienle, Beirut; J.N. Ferrié, Rabat). These sub-groups sometimes overlap, as in the College d’Etudes Mondiales’ initiative on universal political thought, or PACTE then IFPO’s seminar on recent changes in the Arab countries.

Recent events

« Le ‘retard arabe’ : pourquoi les choix institutionnels actuels dépendent des choix passés », séminaire « devenir des régimes politiques » Pacte Grenoble, 7 mars 2012.

Non-Western Political thought seminar in Paris, Collège d’Etudes Mondiales, 13-14 May 2013.

Keio/Grenoble joint seminar in comparative politics about the quality of democracy in Western and non-Western countries, 2014-2015.

IFPO’s seminar on « Institutions and change », Beirut, January 2015.

IFPO’s PHD seminar, Beirut, December 2015.

Future events

Franco-Japanese Round Table at the College d’Etudes Mondiales, Paris, Septembre 2017 (organizing committee: Pr. Tsutsumibayashi, Okubo, Watanabe, and Schemeil).

5 réponses à English version

  1. Arash dit :

    Hope you are doing well and hope this email finds you well. I am writing to you from Iran.I am student of Political Science at Tehran university. I am interested apply for PhD at grenoble University if it will be possible. I searched in university website and I found you as expert professor in Middle east studies. I didn’t find any email from you. and I had to send you message here. Hope this message get to you

    I send you email for talking about my project and if you are interested you will be my supervisor. My research interest is about Middle east politics and foreign policy. Right now I working about sectarianism in the Middle East With emphasis on the religious identity challenges specially Sunnis and Shiites in Iran and Saudi Arabia . Title of my research project is Language and Sunni religious networks in the East Part of Iran; Civil skirmishes and International Relations, comparative study with shia in east part of Saudi Arabia. If you interested accept me as student please let me know. then I send you my C.V and proposal as soon as possible. It will be my pleasure if you accept me as student. I want apply for some fund or scholarship in Iran for PhD if you accept me as student at Grenoble university. Your answer and attention would be highly appreciated.

    Looking forward to hearing from you

    • yves schemeil dit :

      Dear Student, I cannot supervise new PHD at the moment, but your project may attract the attention of Pr. Philippe Droz-Vincent, a very competent expert of the Middle East at Sciences Po Grenoble. Good luck, and thank you for your confidence in my work.

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  3. Dana Bassett dit :


    I am curious if you would be willing to share any readings or source material from your course « The Politics and Diplomacy of Cooking and Hospitality ». I work for an artist residency and think that any information on this subject would be greatly useful.

    Thank you in advance for your response.
    Kind regards,

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