Call For Papers: Democracy and Society

Democracy & Society Vol. 13, Issue 1 (Fall-Winter 2015-16)
The Democracy and Governance Program at Georgetown University is seeking well-written, interesting submissions of 1,500 – 2,000 words for their Fall-Winter 2015-16 publication Democracy & Society. The submissions can be new publications, summaries, excerpts of recently completed research book reviews, and works in progress. Submissions for this issue will be due by November 6, 2015. Please email all submissions along with a brief author’s bio to

Democratic Backsliding and Authoritarian Resurgence
Since the end of the Cold War, the performance of nascent democracies has been the primary focus of political scientists around the world. This paradigm shift has produced a new body of research that recognizes the growing resurgence in authoritarian-type regimes that threaten democratic development in their respective countries. Given the unsuccessful democratic outcomes in states with recently deposed regimes, is the world in a state of “democratic decline,” as some experts warn? With the Arab spring and South Asian cases in mind, should observers be pessimistic about the current condition of democratization? Also, with major actors like China and Russia openly pursuing nondemocratic policies, how can we assess the role of authoritarian politics on the international and domestic levels?

We are seeking articles that address the following questions:

“Hybrid Regimes” and the Democratic Grey Area
How do autocrats use features of democracy to preserve their power, such as elections or courts? What institutional factors can make states susceptible to democratic erosion? Is it useful to analyze cases in terms of “democratic-ness” and is further research necessary for conceptual clarity?

Protest, Oppositions, and Response
How do alienated populations express their opposition to a regime through various modes of Civil Society? Are protest movements more successful when they promote democratic principles or are organized into formal political parties? What can we learn from response tactics perpetrated by incumbent regimes?

The Military as an Arbitrator
What can we draw from the historically salient relationship between militaries and authoritarianism? What incentives may be present that influence armed forces to keep their distance from politics or openly seize power?

International Relations and Modern Authoritarianism
Do autocratic governments face strained relationships with democracies? How is international diplomacy affected by the politics of a dictatorial or “hybrid” regime? What can we discern about the continued power of states that reject democracy as a preferred form of government (I.E., China, Russia, Turkey, etc.)?

Variations on these themes will be accepted, as well as research that is relevant to these themes.

Please visit Democracy & Society and for more information about the M.A. in Democracy and Governance and the Center for Democracy and Civil Society.


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