The Standing Group on Third World Politics was established at the Leiden Joint Sessions in April 1993, with an initial membership of 52 people. The Group exists to:
1. help build up a network of scholars interested in the comparative politics of the Third World in the ECPR;
2. help provide a mechanism for ensuring a regular series of workshops at the annual ECPR Joint Sessions, which address important issues in political science which relate especially to the politics of the less developed areas of the world;
3. provide a forum for exchanging views about developments in the field among interested scholars in the Consortium, especially through its newsletter. The Standing Group on Third World Politics currently has a membership of over 131 members world wide.