Advancing Democratic Governance in the Developing World:
The Role of Conflict, Complementarity, and Collaboration
in Fostering Democratic Ideals, Practices, and Institutions
Although many developing countries have transitioned to some sort of democracy over the last several decades, actual democratic consolidation and democratic governance have remained elusive. In part, this is because democratic ideals, practices, and institutions have not fully taken root and become institutionalized in the day-to-day practices of politicians, public administrators, civic leaders, and citizens. As a result, many developing countries struggle to adequately address conflict (in numerous forms), foster collaboration across sectoral, jurisdictional, and other boundaries, and otherwise nurture complementary democratic forces. In turn, ineffective practices for dealing with conflict, complementarity, and collaboration have led to poor performance, opportunistic behavior, corruption, and other challenges that weaken the quality of governance and undermine democracy.
The purpose of the 3rd International Conference on Democratic Governance* is to explore the various dimensions – political, economic, social, spiritual, and cultural – needed to advance and sustain democratic governance in the developing world.
Submission of Paper and Panel Proposals
The conference program committee welcomes the submission of proposals for individual papers and fully formed panels. High-quality conceptual, theoretical, empirical, and policy- and practice-oriented research is welcome. All proposals should: (1) briefly explain how the paper or panel connects to the overall conference theme, (2) note the individual conference track in which the proposal best fits, (3) include 3-4 keywords, and (4) provide complete contact information. Proposals for individual papers should include an abstract of 250-400 words. Proposals for fully formed panels should consist of three to four complementary papers and include an abstract of 400-600 words. The deadline for proposal submissions is March 1, 2016. Proposals will be evaluated by the program committee and notifications of decisions will be made via email by March 31, 2016. Proposals should be emailed to the program committee chair, Dr. Tina Nabatchi (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The members of the conference program committee include:
Tina Nabatchi, Committee Chair, Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University.
Conference participants are encouraged to submit their papers for consideration of inclusion in an edited book or special issue of an academic journal. All submissions will be peer reviewed. Further details about the publication opportunity will be provided in spring 2016.
Conference Sponsor and Supporters
This conference is being organized and financially sponsored by the Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration (PARCC), an interdisciplinary research institute housed in the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. Additional conference organizers include the Rwanda Governance Board and Cheyney University of Pennsylvania.
The conference will take place at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), 1616 Rhode Island Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036. Information on registration, travel, and accommodations will be provided soon.
Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration
Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University