The Research Committee on Comparative Sociology has been established
in accordance with Article XI of the Statutes of the International
Sociological Association (ISA). The primary objective of the Research
Committee on Comparative Sociology (RC20) is to advance research
in the field of comparative sociology by encouraging research, conferences
and publication in the field. The RC seeks to facilitate scholarly
communication in the domain of international comparisons.
There are two categories of members:
a. Regular members, according to ISA standards,
b. Associate members, who participate in the RC's activities but
are not formal individual ISA members.
a. The Research Committee is led by a board consisting of at least
six and at maximum twelve members who are elected every four years.
At least one-third of the members of the board will be renewed every
four years, and the president and the secretary of the committee
will come from the board.
b. The members of the board will be elected by the regular members
of the committee after they have been nominated by a nominating
committee. The board has a chair, a secretary and one or several
vice-chairs. At least one member of the board should come from outside
the Atlantic area.
4. Task forces
Task forces can be created in areas of comparative sociology deemed
to be of particular significance. These task forces will be led
by regular members of the committee, and they will be responsible
for shaping research strategies and for encouraging conferences
and joint publications among members of the committee.
The Research Committee should organize at least one meeting between
ISA congresses on a topic approved by the board.
The Research Committee publishes a newsletter to keep members of
the committee informed concerning the research, the conferences,
and the publications of the committee. Both regular and associate
members of the committee receive the newsletter.
The board directs the activities of the Research Committee, appoints
the delegate of the RC to the ISA Research Council and the coordinators
of the panels to be organized by the RC at the ISA congress.
According to ISA rules, in order to be a member in "good standing",
a formal and symbolic fee is requested to be paid to the RC through
the ISA secretariat. (In 2002, the amount was US$20).
These statutes were confirmed at the meeting
in Brisbane in 2002.