Call for Applications
The general theme of the 4th International Interdisciplinary Conference of Political Research – SCOPE: Science of Politics, i.e. DEMOCRACY IN DEVELOPMENT: COMPARATIVE PERSPECTIVES ON THE GOVERNANCE OF THE PUBLIC GOOD, incorporates two distinct but complementary interpretations of democracy/democratization, public good, and of the relation between them.
The first one focuses on changes in the ways we define, conceptualize, and understand democracy, not only as researchers, but also as citizens.
- The literature on democracy / democratization has developed significantly over the last years and the availability of new instruments for measuring democracy can only help in advancing further the research agenda on these topics. At the same time, the citizens themselves are increasingly critical with respect to the practical implementation of democratic principles and they try to identify alternative solutions to the dysfunctional situations they identify. Furthermore, the advancement of and access to digital technologies, especially social media, have also transformed the public space and the traditional relations between the State and the individual.
The second interpretation focuses on the rise and falls of democracy both at supra-national and sub-national levels, transcending the traditional national sphere of politics and policy-making.
Aiming to explore such scholarly and policy puzzles from various conceptual, empirical and methodological perspectives, while addressing timely case-studies, we invite scholars across different disciplines to submit papers, panels or round table proposals, especially (but not exclusively) around the following core topics:
- Democracy and democratization as subject for contemporary political theory;
- Populism, social movements and electoral behaviour in the age of social media;
- The role of local politics in shaping national and trans-national democratic institutions;
- The role of digital technology and social media in contemporary international politics;
- Democratic accountability and the new global agenda of sustainable development (SDGs);
- Democracy and the European Union today;
- Conflict, security and democracy;
- Transitional justice;
- Comparative perspectives on civic education;
- Methodological opportunities and challenges in approaching issues related to democracy and democratization.
The official languages of the event are English and French. The primary working language is English and we expect most abstracts, papers, presentations and discussions to be in this language. Pre-organized panels or round tables in French may be also accepted.
The best papers may be considered for publication within special journal issues or collective volumes with partner publishers.
- You can propose a paper (See in the "Further official information" below this announcement)
- You can propose a panel (See in the "Further official information" below this announcement)
- You can propose a round table (See in the "Further official information" below this announcement)
Standard: 40 Euro
Members of organizing partners IPSA RC13 and IPSA RC33 are exempted from paying the conference fee.
For more information click "Further official information" below.