Category: Call for Papers
Subject: Call for Papers: Diversity and Democratic Governance: Legacies of the Past, Present Challenges, and Future Directions?
CALL FOR PAPERS
Diversity and Democratic Governance:
Legacies of the Past, Present Challenges, and Future Directions?
Conference organised by IPSA RC14 Politics and Ethnicity, RC13 Democratization in Comparative Perspective, RC28 Comparative Federalism and Multilevel Governance, RC44 Security, Conflict and Democratization, RC50 Politics of Language
University of Sarajevo, 12–15 June 2019
This conference will bring together a number of research committees of the International Political Science Association to examine the challenges building democratic state institutions, how legacies of the past inform the present and what impact this has for the future of democratic governance in ethnically diverse societies.
The conference will provide an opportunity to examine the role of local, national, regional, and international actors in the development of democracy, the accommodation of ethnic diversity, and the design of political institutions. We welcome contributions that focus on democratization and institutional design as open-ended processes driven by internal and/or external factors, including ethnicity, gender, class, religion, neoliberal economic development, and geopolitics. Papers that focus on the social, economic and legal legacies of the past and how they affect the future direction of politics in diverse settings are particularly welcome.
We also welcome proposals that develop case studies or compare issues of peace-building, institutional design, and/or ethnic accommodation evident in other parts of the world.
Possible topics include but are not limited to:
· What role do structures of government, particular federal, power-sharing, power-dividing, and other forms of integration and accommodation, play today in confronting the diverse set of legacies of the past in individual countries, regions and/or globally?
· How do the changing cleavages of ethnic and cultural identities challenge perceptions of linear history and practices of governance in contemporary states?
· What are the benchmarks for democratic governance in diverse societies and how can such societies avoid processes of democratic retrenchment, particularly post-conflict?
· What impact does the global rise of populism have on political relations in ethnically diverse and democratizing states? What are the long-term effects of international intervention for liberal peacebuilding after violent conflicts, ethnic or otherwise?
· What is the impact of the legacies of inter-communal conflict on the prospects of political stability in postconflict democratizing states?
We invite proposals for individual paper contributions and/or panels that engage empirically, conceptually and normatively with these issues. We aim to feature the best of contemporary research on democratic transitions and institutional design, including new research by established academics as well as by early career scholars.
Proposals for papers should include contact details of the author(s), title and an abstract of no more than 200 words.
The final deadline for the electronic submission of paper and panel proposals is 31 December 2018. Proposals should be submitted online at: https://form.jotformeu.com/tagarin/sarajevo
The confirmed keynote speaker is Professor Kanchan Chandra, New York University
Organizing committee: Timofey Agarin, Queen’s University Belfast, UK; Allison McCulloch, Brandon University, Canada; Damir Kapidzic, University of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
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