The topic of our 2017 conference is Democracy and governance in the 21st century
The 21st century brings in new approaches when dealing with the way democracy is conceived and practiced. On the one hand, broadening participation means new forms of political participation, as well as transforming the political regimes. Under the pressure of new categories of critical citizens, who now have a voice through means of mass communication, new media and various social media channels, the last dictatorships are now undermined. Protests have swept numerous countries and regions, leading to the collapse of authoritarian regimes in countries from the post-Soviet region or Northern Africa. Fearing contagion, some regimes managed to counteract this, consolidating their status of hybrid, incomplete, electoral democracies or even turned into fully authoritarian regimes, making a clear-cut pattern of distinctive trajectories of political regimes during transition.
On the other hand, democratic regimes are now under the pressure of citizens, who are mobilized by informal, opinion leaders or by more formal, political elites. Since democracy needs large public support, mass attitudes and individual and collective resources are now critical. With lighter constraint following the EU accession, it is by no means surprising that political elites in many countries in Central and Eastern Europe stated to overlook the previous political liberal consensus based on constitutionalism and good governance. Mobilizing unsatisfied citizens, populist elites turned against neutral institutions in an effort to dominate the public scene.
The growing complexity of political decision mechanisms in a globalized economy, where new communication patterns make citizens more aware about a large series of previously disregarded issues, put decision makers under pressure and tighter control. Governance is the new lens through which one has to imagine the intertwined interaction between citizens and elites, focusing on various types of hierarchies, market actors and networks of voluntary organizations. This new interaction, which occurs in the framework of a globalizing world, brings in new perspectives not only for national and international security, but for the global market, environment, communication, citizenship and culture.
The conference encourages this perspective and aims to emphasize diverse approaches pertaining to new challenges for representative democracy and governance, in the context of changing regulation patterns and interactions between social and political actors. The organizers encourage contributions, but do not limit them, related to the behaviour of governance actors and networks, to governance and risks associated to new communication strategies by new technological facilities, and not least to global, European and multi-level governance.
Professor Mihaela MIROIU, Romanian political theorist, professor at the National School for Political and Administrative Studies
Political behaviour. Actors now embedded in the new context of a globalized world are forced to constantly adapt to broader, integrative processes, under the pressure of mass communication. This is more visible with the recent participation of youth in new forms of social communication and political mobilization. The conveyors are encouraged to submit papers addressing issues such as, but not limited to, political action, social media mobilization, voluntary activism and democratic values, social capital and networking, voting and protest.
States and societies in global governance. The new perspective offered by governance shifts the focus from national settings to broader, international patterns of complex interaction. Therefore, submitted abstracts are encouraged to tackle a wide array of issues, ranging from the European Union governance, to the global governance, the new international order, multi-level governance and its challenges for the international environment. They also could focus on the governance of markets and central banks, on the new modes for economic governance, especially when it comes to explain and predict severe economic crises.
The governance of security. A wider and interconnected world brings in new security challenges and makes a change in the way security is conceived. The risk is at the heart of the current approaches regarding the governance of security. The participants are expected to address issues pertaining to risk and governance, human security as a paradigm to understand global vulnerabilities, to the governance of climate change and science and technology, state building, international security assistance, sanctions regimes, or the privatization of force. The issue of data protection and the shifting boundaries between private passions and public interest is also at stake.
Political institutions of democracy. New perspectives on governance also alter the way democracy is conceived and put into practice, given the increased interaction between state and non-state actors. We encourage contributions putting forward issues such defining the participatory governance, the interaction between voluntary actors, the consequent adaptation of political institutions, the importance of democratic attitudes for democratic support, the changing nature of citizenship, new social, ethnic and religious challenges to a more inclusive governance, the impact of new governance patterns on e-democratic practices, citizens’ involvement in environment, working place and health issues.
Alongside these tracks a general session is open to contributions falling under the general topic of the conference.
Panel and paper proposals can be submitted via the on-line conference system available at conferences.ulbsibiu.ro/crissp
The language of the conference is English.
Application with paper/panel proposals – April 9, 2017
Applicants are notified on the status of their proposal – April 15, 2017
Registration deadline – May 15, 2017
Early registration fees
- 30 Euro PhD / MA students
- 45 Euro scholars from Romania, CEE, CIS (former USSR), Latin America and Africa
- 60 Euro scholars from other countries
The conference fee covers the conference package, coffee breaks, lunches, and the conference reception.
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