PARTECIPAZIONE E CONFLITTO, 14(1):2021
“COVID-19 and the structural crisis of liberal democracies. Determinants and consequences of the governance of pandemic”
Luca Alteri, Sapienza Università di Roma; Istituto di Studi Politici “S. Pio V”
Louisa Parks, Università di Trento
Luca Raffini, Università di Genova
Tommaso Vitale, Sciences Po, CEE
The call for papers aims to provide a space for exploratory analysis of a current case in order to highlight its connections with wider aspects. Papers are sought for two main sections: the governance of the Covid-19 pandemic, and political scenarios after the pandemic.
Governance of the Covid-19 pandemic. We invite reflections on:
○ the determinants and the political consequences of the governance of the pandemic that critically explore how the pandemic highlights the structural limits and contradictions of liberal democracies and capitalism;
○ the relations between economic rights and political and social rights, and between individual freedom, collective goods and justice, and security (these are particularly welcome);
○ the differences and similarities in the strategies of left-wing, right-wing, ‘anti-establishment’ and populist coalitions;
○ individual and collective reactions to the governance of the pandemic in terms of demands, conflict, social and political mobilization.
Political scenarios after the pandemic. We invite:
○ robust social scientific works that draw on theory to address past dynamics and lay out tentative future scenarios (general ethical warnings or political predictions should be avoided);
○ reflections on how Covid-19 will influence politics at various levels (supranational, international, national, and local);
○ the possible return to interventionism in economic regulation versus the fate of social-democratic projects;
○ the forecasting of conflicts between nation-states, populism and nationalism, and their links with new institutional disconnections and connections between politics and the economy;
○ the expansion or shrinking of ‘authoritarian democracy’;
○ the future of active social solidarity, participation and collective engagement;
○ emerging modes of measuring and discussing (the consequences of) the privatization and marketization of welfare, as well as for the aggregation and mediation of demands for security and protection.
● Submission of long abstracts: 30 September 2020
● Submission of full articles: 30 November 2020
● External peer-reviewed feedback: 15 January 2021
● Submission of revised papers: 15 February 2021
● Publication of the special issue: March 2021
*Articles should be no longer than 10000 words, including notes and references. Long abstracts (800-1000 words) must be sufficiently detailed to allow the editorial board to assess them.
SEE THE FULL CfP on the PaCo website.