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Conf/CfP - Illiberal Democracy in South East Europe: on the Rise?, 18 May 2017, University College London, UK

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April 30, 2017

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The BISA South East Europe Working Group is very pleased to announce a one-day workshop on illiberal democracy in south east Europe which is to be held on the 18th May 2017 at the UCL School of Public Policy, Tavistock Square, WC1H 9QU.

We look forward to seeing you there!

As one of the regions most directly affected by the third wave of democratisation, South East Europe (including the Balkans, Greece, Turkey and Cyprus) has experienced increasing challenges to the model of liberal democracy. These have come from a variety of sources, including the strengthening of nationalist parties and discourses, economic crisis, social inequality and most recently large migratory flows.

This one-day workshop organised by the BISA South East Europe Working Group questions and examines the rise of ‘illiberal democracy’ in South East Europe. The call is open to contributions on any aspect of this topic, including (but not limited to) the following:

  • The connections between migration, refugee flows and practices of democracy in the region;
  • The reactions of states, non-state and supra-national actors to increased levels of migration in the Eastern Mediterranean;
  • (Neo)liberal economy and illiberal politics;
  • Nationalism and populism;
  • Illiberal democracy and academic freedom;
  • The convergence of liberal and illiberal democracy.
  • The challenges and limitations of international policies and EU democracy promotion;
  • Theoretical debates on ‘liberal’ or ‘illiberal’ democracy that contribute to our understanding of the contemporary politics of South East Europe;
  • Other manifestations of ‘illiberal’ politics in South East Europe.

We welcome contributions by academics and practitioners. Papers addressing other regions but that speak to the broader questions addressed in the workshop are also welcome. Abstracts of up to 250 words should be submitted by 30 April 2017 to Catherine Baker (cbakertw1@googlemail.com).

Fees and funding: There is no registration fee, and limited travel funding might be available for postgraduate students or academics with no institutional support. Please state your intention to apply for funding when submitting your abstract, giving details of where you are travelling from and how much your travel expenses are likely to be.

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