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With our plurithematic issues we intended to draw the attention of researchers, policy-makers, scientists and the general public to some of the topics of highest relevance. Scholars interested in guest editing a thematic issue of Politics and Governance are kindly invited to contact the Editorial Office of the journal (pag@cogitatiopress.com).

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Volume 9, Issue 4

Title:
Secessionism in Liberal Democracies: What Do We Really Know about the Explanations of Secessionism?


Editor(s):
Ferran Requejo (Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain) and Marc Sanjaume-Calvet (Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Spain)

Submission of Abstracts: 15-28 February 2021
Submission of Full Papers: 15-30 May 2021
Publication of the Issue: October/December 2021

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The academic literature on secessionism has been growing during the last decades in both its theoretical-normative and its comparative-case study dimensions. Since 1990s, however, normative and empirical analysis have generally followed parallel agendas, without a consistent epistemological balance between them. On the one hand, political theorists have mainly focused on the moral and political right to secede, answering questions such as “under what conditions” and “who” should have this right (Buchanan 1991, 2004; Moore, 1998; Requejo & Sanjaume-Calvet, 2015; Sanjaume‐Calvet, 2019). On the other hand, most scholars studying secessionism from an empirical perspective usually rely on data (electoral results and surveys) to analyze which factors explain the origins, development and evolution of this phenomenon. These scholars have presented several “causal explanations” of secessionism ranging from geography, economy to culture and institutional designs, often in a more contradictory than complementary way (Coggins, 2014; Griffiths, 2016; Hechter, 2000; Horowitz, 2000; Sambanis & Milanovic, 2011; Siroky, Mueller, & Hechter 2016; Sorens, 2012; Wood, 1981).

Recently, in a context of globalization and growing illiberal trends, some authors have insisted in other pretended “explanations” of secessionism. For example, according to the philosopher Jürgen Habermas localism and nationalism are the main drivers of this phenomenon, while the economist Thomas Piketty has emphasized the importance of wealth and fiscal-distributive policies. Therefore, we observe the existence of competing views on secessionism in both the academia and the public debate.

What do we really know about the explanations of secessionism? In this thematic issue we try to disentangle the existing explanations of secessionism through empirical analysis combining political theory, comparative politics and case-studies. We gather various perspectives including views from political science and political economy—mainly institutionalism or electoral behavior. Beyond these empirical perspectives, we also reflect on the normative implications (political theory) of what we know and what we do not know about the main explanatory factors or variables of secessionist claims. In doing that we aim to bridge over the gap between normative and empirical approaches in the current academic literature on secessionism.


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Volume 10, Issue 1

Title:
Beyond Foreign Policy? EU Sanctions at the Intersection of Development, Trade, and CFSP


Editor(s):
Katharina Meissner (University of Vienna, Austria) and Clara Portela (University of Valencia, Spain)

Submission of Abstracts: 1-15 March 2021
Submission of Full Papers: 15-31 July 2021
Publication of the Issue: January/March 2022

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In the wake of unsettling conflicts and democratic backsliding, states and organisations increasingly respond with sanctions. EU sanctions, too, have become an important tool in its external relations. The EU makes use of the entire toolbox in its foreign policy, and its sanctions appear in different designs: diplomatic measures, conditionality clauses, non-economic sanctions such as travel bans, financial bans, or various forms of economic restrictions. Yet, there is little debate between different strands in the literature on EU sanctions: Research on EU restrictive measures under Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) remains separate from both scholarship on conditionality clauses in development and sanctions in trade policy. Our thematic issue seeks to remedy this research gap by assembling a collection of articles investigating the design, impacts, implementation, and effectiveness of EU sanctions used in different realms of its external affairs. It is scientifically innovative in that it expands the definition of EU sanctions to measures produced under different guises in separate policy fields, covering development, trade and foreign policy. The thematic issue thereby represents an attempt to overcome the compartmentalised approach that EU scholarship has displayed so far, with separate sets of scholars looking at comparable phenomena without entering into a dialogue: development researchers exploring aid suspensions, trade researchers looking into conditionality in international agreements, international security scholars dealing with CFSP sanctions, etc. This approach allows us to engage in a comparative analysis of sanctions design, a key yet neglected determinant of sanctions efficacy and impacts. For academics and policy-makers alike it is pertinent to understand in what way the EU designs sanctions in its various policies and what impact this has on their effectiveness.


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Volume 10, Issue 1

Title:
Analyzing Citizen Engagement with European Politics through Social Media


Editor(s):
Pieter de Wilde (Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway), Astrid Rasch (Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway) and Michael Bossetta (Lund University, Sweden)

Submission of Abstracts: 1-15 March 2021
Submission of Full Papers: 15-31 July 2021
Publication of the Issue: January/March 2022

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How and to what extent do citizens engage with European politics through social media? This question stands at the heart of this thematic issue. Where much research on social media and politics has focused on the US and how political parties use social media, this thematic issue focuses on Europe and on citizens. Citizen engagement can be self-driven, for example in bottom-up grassroot campaigns. It can also be a response to (electoral) campaigns by political parties or triggered by news stories.

Studying citizens' political engagement in Europe via social media has received comparatively little attention so far, because of a set of key challenges facing researchers. Technical challenges include the accurate measurement of citizen engagement. Computational methods have seen rapid development, but struggle to capture nuances, filter out noise and deal with visual material. GDPR imposes strong legal limitations. Ethical challenges compound legal restrictions, as researchers face trade-offs between the public interest, citizens' privacy and the researchers' role in interpreting findings. The European Union adds yet another layer of complexity, opening a transnational dimension to politics and amplifying concerns about national sovereignty. Finally, cultural challenges limit the scope of inquiry many languages and sub-cultures restricts the comparative scope of inquiry.

This thematic issue thus invites contributors to explicitly address some of the following sub-questions related to the main question above.

  • Under which conditions do citizens engage in grassroot politics via social media in Europe?
  • What explains variations in European citizen response to media and political elite entries on social media?
  • How are European citizens’ offline characteristics related to political behavior on social media?
  • Is there a transnational dimension to citizen engagement with European politics?
  • Which challenges do academics researching this topic encounter and how are they overcome?

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Volume 10, Issue 1

Title:
Carbon Pricing under Pressure: Withering Markets?


Editor(s):
Jorgen Wettestad (The Fridtjof Nansen Institute, Norway) and Lars H. Gulbrandsen (The Fridtjof Nansen Institute, Norway)

Submission of Abstracts: 1-15 March 2021
Submission of Full Papers: 15-31 July 2021
Publication of the Issue: January/March 2022

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This thematic issue will analyze recent reforms and developments of key carbon markets around the world—from the sub-state via the national and regional levels up to the development of new mechanisms under the Paris Agreement. Special attention will be given to what extent and how the Corona crisis is affecting and will likely affect the dynamics in these markets and processes in the years ahead, both short-term and long-term. The interplay of processes will also be discussed, e.g., to what extent and how continued uncertainty about the new Article 6 mechanisms under the Paris Agreement will affect ‘lower level’ systems and processes. We are open for contributions also discussing the impact of the Corona crisis on other carbon pricing instruments such as carbon taxes—both nationally and internationally. We are also open to contributions discussing the interplay between carbon markets and other markets such as energy markets.


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Volume 10, Issue 2

Title:
Re-Visioning Borders: Europe and Beyond


Editor(s):
Artur Gruszczak (Jagiellonian University, Poland) and Roderick Parkes (German Council on Foreign Relations, Germany)

Submission of Abstracts: 1-15 June 2021
Submission of Full Papers: 15-30 October 2021
Publication of the Issue: April/June 2022

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Mobility and transboundary movements have been the most common features of globalization and transnationalism. The 21st century has seen an unprecedented increase in volume, diversity, scope, technique, practice, and territorial reach of cross-border movements of people, goods, information, and financial capital. The new mobilities paradigm, encompassing diasporic communities, global (neo-)nomads, and transnational advocacy networks, epitomized the mobile nature of the contemporary world. However, this paradigm has been challenged by old and new risks and threats, activating state institutions to pursue appropriate policies with the aim of addressing effectively sources of insecurity and instability.

This thematic issue aims at discussing the meaning, roles, and practices of border activities against the recent security and mobility backdrop. It is intended to stimulate discussion on the contemporary varieties of borders, borderlands, and bordering processes, in both ontological and epistemological dimensions. It also seeks to examine the heretofore experiences of free-travel areas and transit routes. Finally, it proposes a reflection on the transformation and re-vision of borders in the future.

Specific questions that should be addressed include:

  1. How the recent experiences of the migrant crises in Europe and North America, intense migratory flows across Africa, the Middle East, Central America, and South-East Asia as well as their humanitarian consequences have affected state security and stability?
  2. What is the role of state borders in protecting the population against transnational threats and risks?
  3. What impact have the global migratory flows had on border politics outside Europe?
  4. How do humanitarian issues influence migration and border regimes?
  5. Is ‘re-bordering’ a temporary process or an essential feature of a ‘new normal’ of global mobility?

Contributions are welcome from a diverse set of scholars, reflecting the interdisciplinary scope of border studies, as well as diversity of academic experience, geographical location, gender, and age.


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Volume 10, Issue 2

Title:
Developing Countries and the Crisis of the Multilateral Order


Editor(s):
Wil Hout (Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands) and Michal Onderco (Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands)

Submission of Abstracts: 15-30 March 2021
Submission of Full Papers: 15-30 September 2021
Publication of the Issue: April/June 2022

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Various observers have argued that the multilateral (or "liberal") international order is in crisis, often in reference to weakening US leadership or Chinese initiatives to create alternative international institutions. Most analyses of the crisis of multilateralism have focused on the role of the West, in particular the decline of US hegemony, and the rise to prominence of the BRICS countries.

With all focus on increased importance of the BRICS countries, with China at its core, there tends to be much less attention to the impact that changes in the institutional makeup and international rules have for developing countries. Analyses of the effects of the crisis of the multilateral order for developing countries are timely for a variety of reasons. First, it is important theoretically to understand how changing policy preferences of powerful states in the international order influence multilateral governance arrangements and thereby impact the policy options of developing countries. The crisis of multilateralism may stimulate new forms of cooperation among developing countries, for instance through new regionalist initiatives. Secondly, it is relevant from a policy perspective to appreciate how changes in governance institutions may have a bearing on the international agenda of the Sustainable Development Goals. Of particular relevance are the targets subsumed under SDG17, which aims to 'strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development'. SDG17 includes targets related to international aid and greater access to private financial resources, but also focus on investment regimes, access to technologies, non-discriminatory trade, market access, economic policy coordination and steps toward enhanced policy coherence.

The special issue wishes to include papers that undertake more general assessments of how the crisis of multilateral order impacts on developing countries, next to papers that focus on particular regions or policy domains. Papers should reflect on what challenges (may) derive from the changes in multilateral governance arrangements for specific (groups of) developing countries and how these countries aim to deal with them. Possible questions include the following: Do new forms of cooperation result from the reconfiguration of international order? Do countries reposition themselves vis-à-vis the West and the BRICS? Do new patterns of South-South cooperation emerge from the increased assertiveness of China and other BRICS countries? Or do developing countries experience new relations of dependence?


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Volume 10, Issue 2

Title:
Out With the Old? In With the New? Explaining Weakening in EU–US Relations


Editor(s):
Marianne Riddervold (Inland Norway University, Norway / Norwegian Institute of International Affairs, Norway / University of California, Berkeley, USA) and Akasemi Newsome (University of California, Berkeley, USA / Inland Norway University, Norway)

Submission of Abstracts: 1-15 June 2021
Submission of Full Papers: 15-30 October 2021
Publication of the Issue: April/June 2022

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How and why is the transatlantic relationship weakening? Observers agree that the EU–US ties are more frayed than they have ever been in past decades. The EU and US’ responses to the Corona crisis illustrate this change. The US’ first response was to close its borders to EU citizens and their crisis response policies vary substantially. Not least, in sharp contrast to all previous crises, the EU and the US have not sought cooperation to better deal with the crisis and its broader implications.

In spite of much debate about the transatlantic relationship, to date, there are however no studies that systematically explore why transatlantic relations are changing. Even if this trend has been strengthened by Trump, the weakening of the EU–US relationship started under previous administrations. Given the transatlantic relationship’s key role in the postwar institutionalized global order, this gap in the literature is puzzling and is the focus of this thematic issue. First, the claim that the transatlantic relationship is weakening needs further substantiation before more general conclusions can be drawn. Second, and more importantly, if the relationship indeed is weakening, why this is so remains to be studied systematically. After all, a longer-term weakening of EU–US relations is surprising from most of our conventional international relations’ perspectives, which would expect the relationship to stay strong due to common external threats, shared economic interests and/or path-dependent institutions in spite of changing administrations. Papers in this thematic issue characterize and explain EU–US relations across the two main thematic areas of this relationship, namely security and defence relations and relations in international organizations. All papers also relate to a common framework, where we draw on EU integration and international relations’ theory to develop and operationalize five overlapping hypotheses of the factors affecting the EU–US relationship.


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Volume 10, Issue 3

Title:
Exploring Climate Policy Ambition


Editor(s):
Elina Brutschin (International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, Austria) and Marina Andrijevic (Humboldt University, Germany / Climate Analytics)

Submission of Abstracts: 1-15 September 2021
Submission of Full Papers: 15-30 January 2022
Publication of the Issue: July/September 2022

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This thematic issue brings together scholars who work with Integrated Assessment Models (IAMs)—which are used for IPCC reports and other key analyses of future climate trajectories—and social scientists working on climate and energy issues, in order to provide a better understanding of different types of climate policy ambition, and its links with policy output and policy outcome across different regions and sets of actors. Assessing the levels of climate policy ambition is often an essential part of the IAM models and requires extensive data collection across many different countries and sectors. Incorporation of these policies requires a number of key assumptions about how policy ambition and policy output are then transformed into policy outcome, for example in terms of CO2 emissions reductions. This thematic issue will: present research on definitions and operationalizations of climate policy ambition and policy output; discuss current data collection efforts and remaining gaps; and contextualize the links between the willingness to do something about climate change as signaled through policy output and its effects on policy outcome. From a policy perspective, this area of research is essential in the wake of the Global Stocktake planned for 2023, which requires recommendations on how to ramp up climate policy ambition to stay on track for Paris goals.



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Volume 10, Issue 3

Title:
Legitimacy and Global Economic Ties


Editor(s):
Nienke de Deugd (University of Groningen, The Netherlands), Biswajit Dhar (Jawaharlal Nehru University, India) and Gerda van Roozendaal (University of Groningen, The Netherlands)

Submission of Abstracts: 1-15 August 2021
Submission of Full Papers: 15-30 January 2022
Publication of the Issue: July/September 2022

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The emphasis of the publication is on the bumpy road toward the liberalization of the global economy, and the consequences of this process. Multilateral institutions such as the WTO, the Bretton Woods twins as well as other global institutions/arrangements that have facilitated the process of economic liberalization, are questioned from the point of view of their legitimacy, both in terms of the outcomes, and also regarding the process through which these outcomes are realised. We will show that questioning legitimacy may be the result of different forces and audiences and can lead to different outcomes, such as symbolic or substantial change of arrangements. Given the role of crises in the (perceived) need for institutional change, the Covid-19 pandemic has added further relevance to these issues.

This thematic issue focuses on the analysis of how legitimacy questions affect international economic and financial arrangements and seeks to understand why it leads, or does not lead, to change. We especially welcome proposals addressing questions about how specific global and economic arrangements (organizations, institutions, regimes, agreements) have been affected by a legitimacy crisis, what the sources of these crises are (for example, national, transnational or international), and what kind of change it has brought about, if any. The topics that are of special interest to this thematic issue include, but are not limited to, development, inequality, (de-)globalization and value chains, tax evasion and avoidance, trade and investment agreements, and regional development banks.


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Volume 10, Issue 3

Title:
Constructing Ocean and Polar Governance


Editor(s):
Dorothea Wehrmann (German Development Institute, Germany) and Hubert Zimmermann (University of Marburg, Germany)

Submission of Abstracts: 1-15 September 2021
Submission of Full Papers: 15-30 January 2022
Publication of the Issue: July/September 2022

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The governance of ocean and polar regions is among the most relevant challenges in the combat against climate change and global inequalities. Ocean and polar regions are climate regulators (and most affected by climate change at the same time), and they are an important source of nutrition for life in and above the sea. At the same time, they are subject to an increasing number of geopolitical and geo-economic conflicts. Due to the lasting virulence of many security issues, economic conflicts, legal disputes, new technological developments and environmental crises in global marine areas as well as the intricate overlap of sovereign, semi-sovereign and global commons territories, the relevance of ocean and polar governance is bound to rise: as frontiers both in global competitive strategies as well as most fragile eco-systems whose collapse would have catastrophic consequences. This thematic issue sketches important trends in research on ocean and polar governance, and identifies potential avenues for future research. It also intends to contribute to research on governance in spaces with contested authority and areas beyond national jurisdiction.

How effective are regimes such as the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), the Arctic Council or the International Seabed Authority in preserving the Common Heritage of Mankind and resolving conflicts? What impact does the increasing re-territorialisation of marine areas as evidenced, for example, in conflicts in the South China Sea, rivalry regarding the exploitation of gas resources in the Eastern Mediterranean or the proliferation of maritime security strategies have on maritime governance? What is the role of transnational actors and how do stable norms of ocean governance emerge?


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Volume 10, Issue 4

Title:
Negative Politics: Leader Personality, Negative Campaigning, and the Oppositional Dynamics of Contemporary Politics


Editor(s):
Alessandro Nai (University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands), Diego Garzia (University of Lausanne, Switzerland), Loes Aaldering (Free University Amsterdam, the Netherlands), Frederico Ferreira da Silva (University of Lausanne, Switzerland) and Katjana Gattermann (University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands)

Submission of Abstracts: 1-15 January 2022
Submission of Full Papers: 15-30 April 2022
Publication of the Issue: October/December 2022

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Much of contemporary political dynamics have a negative component. Electoral campaigns increasingly promote political attacks against opponents; partisan differences in voters are morphing into affective polarization and profound dislike of the other camp; negative partisanship leads citizens to vote against disliked candidates instead of in favor of liked ones; candidates with dark and uncompromising personality traits are on the rise worldwide; news media are historically dragged towards sensational coverage of political events and the use of a conflict framing, and new online (and social) media follow suit; and waves of mass protests regularly shake the established political order. These developments all share an oppositional component and tend to rely on political narratives framed negatively. Indeed, in the background of many of these developments are the fundamental dynamics of entrenched “negativity biases”—according to which negative considerations have, when compared to equivalent positive considerations, a stronger effect and saliency.

Yet, research on these phenomena has mostly evolved on separate tracks. The thematic issue takes stock of these separate strands of research and brings together empirical work on election campaigning, leader personality, negative voting, and antagonistic political attitudes towards the establishment of an integrated framework on “negative politics.” As such, the thematic issue invites work that tackles one or more of the following issues (e.g.):

  1. How to explain the rise of political leaders with a “darker” personality profile (e.g., low agreeableness, high narcissism, low integrity)?
  2. Are negative personality profiles in political leaders more successful (e.g., electorally) than positive profiles?
  3. What are the effects of elite polarization and the use of negativity, incivility, and populist communication on affective polarization and negative voting?
  4. Who likes negative politics? What are the “dark” individual underpinnings (e.g., in terms of attitudes or personality traits) that moderate the effectiveness of negative communication or drive participation to protest events?
  5. What is the relation between negative campaigning and negative voting and negative partisanship?
  6. How are negative voting and negative partisanship related to mass protests and political representation?
  7. How do patterns of social media consumption, content exposure, and types of interactions relate to the development of negative attitudes towards parties/candidates?

The scope of the thematic issue is empirical in nature, and as such priority will be given to empirical investigations presenting new and compelling observational or experimental evidence—even more so if comparative and cross-sectional in nature. This being said, we also welcome meta-analyses, systematic literature reviews, and critical theoretical contributions.


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Volume 10, Issue 4

Title:
The Role of Religions and Conspiracy Theories in Democratic and Authoritarian Regimes


Editor(s):
Oliver Hidalgo (University of Münster, Germany) and Alexander Yendell (University of Leipzig, Germany)

Submission of Abstracts: 1-15 December 2021
Submission of Full Papers: 15-30 April 2022
Publication of the Issue: October/December 2022

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According to a famous thesis by Karl Popper, modern conspiracy theories are primarily the result of secular processes and thus show a couple of structural analogies to religious superstition. In this vein, conspiracy theories can be seen as both surrogate religions dealing with similar challenges as epistemic contingency, ambiguity (in)tolerance, or social insecurity, as well as an antagonism to rather differentiated religious beliefs and attitudes. Moreover, this kind of ambivalence suggests that religious faith and conspiracy theories are not only able to be mutually exclusive but also to reinforce each other, particularly during political, social or healthcare crises, when the trust in representatives and elites is fundamentally shattered.

This raises questions about the meaning of both phenomena in contemporary democratic and authoritarian societies: Do religions and conspiracy theories share an ideological character which might function as a resource for complexity reduction, intellectual orientation and, therefore, moral authority and normative legitimacy in any political system? Or do they tend either to a democratic or authoritarian logic of politics? How do each of them flourish and spread under the conditions of democracy, autocracy or of hybrids combining autocratic features with democratic ones? And what people and actors are supporting religious and conspiracy narratives for which strategic and political purposes? Are there certain democratic and authoritarian regimes based upon religious or conspiracy myths themselves? What is the relationship between certain forms of religiosity and the propensity for conspiracy theories? What is the connection between conspiracy narratives and the rejection of democratic principles such as religious freedom, anti-discrimination and freedom of expression? And finally, how do democratic states deal with the contradiction of guaranteeing freedom of expression on the one hand and setting limits to the threat to democracy posed by conspiracy theories on the other?

This thematic issue of Politics and Governance asks about the role of religions/religious actors and conspiracy theories/theorists in democratic and authoritarian regimes in general. However, a special attention is given to the current Covid-19 pandemic, since the relevant state of emergency obviously endorses the persuasiveness of conspiracy theories and makes the comparison with religions the more necessary. In this respect, the challenges religious prejudices and conspiracy myths actually imply could even shed light on the problem whether democracy or authoritarianism is the best regime in order to fight the Coronavirus successfully.

We welcome articles from interdisciplinary areas, particularly from political science, sociology, social psychology, and history.


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Volume 10, Issue 4

Title:
Gender and Illiberalism in Post-Communist Europe


Editor(s):
Matthijs Bogaards (Central European University, Austria) and Andrea Pető (Central European University, Austria)

Submission of Abstracts: 1-15 July 2021
Submission of Full Papers: 1-15 March 2022
Publication of the Issue: October/December 2022

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Illiberalism as a challenge to democracy is well documented. The proliferation of illiberal democracies around the world has been studied since at least the 1990s. Less well known is the relationship between illiberalism and gender. Recent events in such countries as Hungary and Poland show that the attack on liberal democracy is also an attack on gender equality and the LGTBQI community.

This thematic issue seeks to explore the relationship between illiberalism and gender, focusing on a region where gender progress is under threat from de-democratization: post-communist Europe. The contributions to this thematic issue will investigate the gendered working of illiberal institutions as well as the policies, mechanisms, and discourses through which the very notion of gender is constructed as a threat to increasingly populist and nationalist views of the polity, society, family, and individual. The contributions will demonstrate illiberalism’s impact on gendered issues in a broad range of social, economic, and political spheres, including the labour market, culture, academia, the legal system, foreign policy, and security. They will do so from a variety of perspectives and a diversity of academic backgrounds, together building the first systematic examination of the relationship between illiberalism and gender in post-communist Europe.


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Volume 11, Issue 1

Title:
Democratic Backsliding and Organized Interests in Central and Eastern Europe


Editor(s):
Michael Dobbins (University of Konstanz) and Rafael Labanino (University of Konstanz)

Submission of Abstracts: 1-15 January 2022
Submission of Full Papers: 15-31 May 2022
Publication of the Issue: January-March 2023

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The regression of democratic quality and the emergence of competitive authoritarian regimes have been among the main political phenomena across the globe of the past 20 years (Levitksy & Way, 2002, 2020; Levitksy & Ziblatt, 2018). There is, however, a large variance in the severity of de-democratization between regions and countries as international indices of democratic quality both from watchdogs and academic research centers attest (e.g., Coppedge et al., 2020; Repucci, 2020). As Bermeo (2016) emphasizes, democratic backsliding in the 21st century so far does not necessarily lead to full dictatorships. Most regimes, even the more repressive ones, retain basic institutions of electoral democracies. This is certainly the case in the Central and Eastern European (CEE) member states of the European Union (EU) subject to backsliding. Even Hungary and Poland, the two member states of the EU under the Article 7(1) procedure of the Treaty on the European Union for “the existence of a clear risk of a serious breach of the values on which the Union is founded” are not characterized by such open oppression as Russia or Turkey. The nature of the power grab is more subtle. Scheppele (2018) called the strategy of these governments of constant constitutional and legal tinkering to achieve authoritarian ends—and attacking and capturing institutions supposedly checking the executive—autocratic legalism.

Much scholarly attention has been devoted to the nature and development of democratic backsliding and the hybrid regimes in CEE (e.g. Bánkuti et al., 2012; Buzogany, 2017; Enyedi, 2020; Hanley & Vachudova, 2018; Kelemen, 2017; Magyar, 2016; Sata & Karolewski, 2020; Scheiring, 2020; Scheppele, 2018). However, we do not know much about how backsliding affects organized interests. This is all the more surprising as backsliding clearly affects the deliberative component of democracy crucial for interest articulation, representation and intermediation. As the deliberative component of the democracy index of the Varieties of Democracy Indices (Coppedge et al., 2020) shows, the deliberative component of democracy has declined since EU access – on average by 0.11 points on a scale from 0 (low) to 1 (high) in 11 CEE member states. Only Latvia and Estonia did not experience regression in this regard.

There are a few recent studies that addressed some aspects of the effect of backsliding on civil society in CEE. Greskovits (2020) and Ekiert (2019) explored the grassroot support of illiberal incumbents, the emergence of “illiberal civil society organizations” and networks aligned with authoritarian and nationalist objectives. A recent book published by an independent network of Hungarian academics describes in detail how Viktor Orbán’s governments systematically realigned state funds supporting civil society and cultural institutions towards openly right-wing, nationalist, and loyal religious organizations during the past decade (Hungarian Network of Academics, 2020). Labanino and Dobbins (2020) analyzed how the dismantling of academic freedom affected the strategies of Hungarian higher education organizations in their conflicts with the government over institutional autonomy and higher education finance. Yet, to date there are no theory-driven accounts on how backsliding affects the key themes of interest organization research: the formation and mortality rates of interest groups, their lobby strategies, their access to policy-makers, or their influence on policy processes.

We propose a thematic issue that systematically addresses these themes. We aim to include theory-driven empirical accounts that embed their analysis in the current interest group literature and bring theoretical innovation by carefully operationalizing and measuring the effect of backsliding on various aspects of interest organization research based on rigorous empirical analysis. We invite contributions that analyze backsliding in the context of three broad areas in interest group research: the access, influence, and advocacy strategies of interest groups, with an emphasis on their contacts to political parties; the effects of backsliding on interest group populations, their vital rates, density, and diversity; and the consequences of illiberal, Eurosceptic incumbents on EU-level networking and lobbying of interest groups. We are open to both qualitative and quantitative studies. We would like to encourage the collaboration of Western and CEE scholars tackling the problem of the chronic underrepresentation of scholars from the region in high-quality journals, even in research on their own countries.

References

Bánkuti, M., Halmai, G., & Scheppele, K. L. (2012). Hungary’s Illiberal Turn: Disabling the Constitution. Journal of Democracy, 23(3), 138-146. https://doi.org/doi:10.1353/jod.2012.0054

Bermeo, N. (2016). On Democratic Backsliding. Journal of Democracy, 27(1), 5-19. https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.1353/jod.2016.0012

Buzogany, A. (2017). Illiberal democracy in Hungary: authoritarian diffusion or domestic causation? [Article]. Democratization, 24(7), 1307-1325. https://doi.org/10.1080/13510347.2017.1328676

Coppedge, M., Gerring, J., Knutsen, C. H., Lindberg, S. I., Teorell, J., Altman, D., Bernhard, M., Fish, M. S., Glynn, A., Hicken, A., Luhrmann, A., Marquardt, K. L., McMann, K., Paxton, P., Pemstein, D., Seim, B., Sigman, R., Skaaning, S.-E., Staton, J., Wilson, S., Cornell, A., Alizada, N., Gastaldi, L., Gjerløw, H., Hindle, G., Ilchenko, N., Maxwell, L., Mechkova, V., Medzihorsky, J., von Römer, J., Sundström, A., Tzelgov, E., Wang, Y.-t., & Ziblatt, D. (2020). V-Dem [Country–Year/Country–Date] Dataset v10. https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.23696/vdemds20

Ekiert, G. (2019). The Dark Side of Civil Society. In J. Zakowski (Ed.), Concilium Civitas Almanach 2019/2020 (pp. 39-59). Concilium Civitas. http://conciliumcivitas.pl/the-dark-side-of-civil-society/

Enyedi, Z. (2020, 2020/07/02). Right-wing authoritarian innovations in Central and Eastern Europe. East European Politics, 36(3), 363-377. https://doi.org/10.1080/21599165.2020.1787162

Greskovits, B. (2020). Rebuilding the Hungarian right through conquering civil society: the Civic Circles Movement. East European Politics, 1-20. https://doi.org/10.1080/21599165.2020.1718657

Hanley, S., & Vachudova, M. A. (2018, 2018/07/03). Understanding the illiberal turn: democratic backsliding in the Czech Republic. East European Politics, 34(3), 276-296. https://doi.org/10.1080/21599165.2018.1493457

Hungarian Network of Academics. (2020). Hungary Turns Its Back on Europe. Dismantling Culture, Education, Science and the Media in Hungary 2010-2019. Hungarian Network of Academics. http://oktatoihalozat.hu/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/angol.pdf

Kelemen, R. D. (2017). Europe’s Other Democratic Deficit: National Authoritarianism in Europe’s Democratic Union. Government and Opposition, 52(2), 211-238. https://doi.org/10.1017/gov.2016.41

Labanino, R., & Dobbins, M. (2020). ‘The goal is not necessarily to sit at the table’—Resisting autocratic legalism in Hungarian academia. Higher Education Quarterly, n/a(n/a). https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.1111/hequ.12290

Levitksy, S., & Way, L. A. (2002). Elections Without Democracy: The Rise of Competitive Authoritarianism. Journal of Democracy, 13(2), 51-65. https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.1353/jod.2002.0026

Levitksy, S., & Way, L. A. (2020). The New Competitive Authoritarianism. Journal of Democracy, 31(1), 51-65. https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.1353/jod.2020.0004

Levitksy, S., & Ziblatt, D. (2018). How Democracies Die. Crown.

Magyar, B. (2016). Post-Communist Mafia State. The Case of Hungary. Central European University Press.

Repucci, S. (2020). Freedom in the World 2020. A Leaderless Struggle for Democracy (Freedom in the World, Issue. F. House. https://freedomhouse.org/sites/default/files/2020-02/FIW_2020_REPORT_BOOKLET_Final.pdf

Sata, R., & Karolewski, I. P. (2020, 2020/04/02). Caesarean politics in Hungary and Poland. East European Politics, 36(2), 206-225. https://doi.org/10.1080/21599165.2019.1703694

Scheiring, G. (2020). The Retreat of Liberal Democracy: Authoritarian Capitalism and the Accumulative State in Hungary. Springer International Publishing. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-48752-2

Scheppele, K. L. (2018). Autocratic Legalism. The University of Chicago Law Review, 85(2), 545-584. www.jstor.org/stable/26455917


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Volume 11, Issue 1

Title:
Re-Embedding Trade in the Shadow of Populism


Editor(s):
Kevin Kolben (Rutgers Business School, USA) and Michèle Rioux (Université de Québec à Montreal, Canada)

Submission of Abstracts: 1-15 March 2022
Submission of Full Papers: 15-31 July 2022
Publication of the Issue: January/March 2023

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30 years ago, John Ruggie published International Regimes, Transactions, and Change: Embedded Liberalism in the Postwar Economic Order, in which he argued that the postwar economic order was forged with a compromise. That compromise was that a multilateral economic regime of free trade would be established, but one that was tempered and governed by domestic regulation and social purpose. Instead, as Ruggie put it, “[t]he task of postwar institution reconstruction…was to…devise a framework which would safeguard and even aid the quest for domestic stability without, at the same time, triggering the mutually destructive external consequences that had plagued the interwar period.” That is, domestic states were granted latitude to protect domestic stability and develop trade safeguards and exceptions in order to ensure that the multilateral economic order could maintain legitimacy and win public support.

That compromise, however, has come under pressure. Recent research has shown that trade and investment liberalization have led to deeper, and more geographically concentrated, economic and social harm than many had anticipated. The WTO dispute settlement body has been often criticized for interpreting WTO agreements in ways that privilege free trade principles over domestic policy space. Populist politicians have helped mobilize opposition to trade. Consumers increasingly seek assurance that the goods they buy are made in socially acceptable labor conditions, and governments have passed transparency legislation to assist them in doing so. Citizens, long more wary of trade than have been policy makers and academics, have questioned whether their identities as consumers should trump their identities as producers and community members. Finally, crises such as the Covid-19 pandemic have generated new and important questions about the costs of benefits of global supply chains and economic interdependence.

Building on the broad concepts of embedded liberalism, this special issue will examine how the global trade regime can and should be re-embedded in society at a time of great change and upheaval. The editors’ aim is not to center on Ruggie’s seminal paper, per se, but rather to broadly engage with some of the following themes: embedding the global economic order with social purpose in light of populist backlash; (re)building the legitimacy of global economic institutions and arrangements; and reconciling international economic relations in a Post-Trump, but perhaps not Post-Trumpist, world. Among the questions that authors might address are: Can multilateralism be transformed to achieve a new global economic compromise? How can the WTO and its dispute settlement body re-embed its decisions and agreements in domestic or global society? What principles, rules, and mechanisms could be developed to address the new populism? These and other questions can be examined conceptually and/or through case studies.


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Volume 11, Issue 1

Title:
Women Opposition Leaders: Pathways, Patterns and Performance


Editor(s):
Sarah C. Dingler (University of Innsbruck), Ludger Helms (University of Innsbruck), and Henriette Müller (New York University Abu Dhabi)

Submission of Abstracts: 1-15 March 2022
Submission of Full Papers: 15-31 July 2022
Publication of the Issue: February/March 2023

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Senior offices in the executive branch have been famously described as “arguably the most masculine” positions in different types of political regime (Jalalzai, 2008, p. 209). Prompted by such assessments, recent research on women in politics has strongly focused on women presidents and prime ministers, and female cabinet ministers (see, e.g., Annesley, Beckwith, & Franceschet, 2019; Jalalzai, 2013; Krook & O’Brian, 2012; Martin & Borelli, 2016; Müller-Rommel & Vercesi, 2017). Also, apparently driven by the increasing politicization of this issue, in many countries the share of female government ministers and political chief executives has significantly risen in recent years.

Yet, what about women as leaders of the opposition? There is some isolated work on women opposition leaders (see e.g., Beckwith, 2015; Clemens, 2006), but its scarcity only reminds us of the conspicuous absence of anything coming close to a subfield of research on women and political opposition. Indeed, to some extent, the fact that this occasional work has tended to focus on individual opposition leaders as Margaret Thatcher or Angela Merkel, who eventually became powerful long-term prime ministers or chancellors, underscores the particular spell that executive power has had on the community of gender scholars. Thus, it is about time to launch a novel research agenda on a topic that can reasonably claim to be of major political, social and scholarly importance alike.

Challenges of comparative research in this field start right at the level of conceptualizing ‘opposition leaders.’ Obviously, the home of the term and concept is Westminster with its strictly parliament-centred tradition of politics and governance (and its more particular tradition of an opposition with a capital ‘O’). However, in countries from beyond the family of Westminster democracies, the term of opposition leader cannot reasonably be confined to parliamentary party group leaders; even if the focus is on party-based forms of political opposition, it is to be acknowledged that there tend to be parties not enjoying parliamentary representation in most democratic regimes of the world. Further, in many presidential democracies, and some parliamentary democracies as well, challengers for the presidency or premiership are not necessarily party leaders at all but can have other backgrounds (see Helms, 2020). More important still, in the more recent literature the concept of political opposition is no longer being used for studying democratic regimes only; there can be genuine manifestations of political opposition even in the absence of the principle of legitimate opposition (see e.g., Helms, in press). In fact, some of the most prominent political figures widely referred to as ‘women opposition leaders’ in current media reporting relate to non-parliamentary political actors operating in autocratic regimes, such as Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, Veronika Tsepkalo and Maria Kolesnikova in Belarus.

This thematic issue advocates a broad conceptualization of opposition leaders, and women opposition leaders for that matter, that is able to capture the many diverse real-world manifestations of this phenomenon in different types of political regime. This obviously does not preclude us from distinguishing more particular types or categories of opposition leaders, as suggested above, which will be sketched out and discussed in the editorial introduction to this thematic issue. We aim for a collection of papers representing various regions of the world that will inspire future comparative and context-sensitive work. Further, we seek to relate empirical research on key issues to important theoretical and methodological debates in the wider fields of Comparative Politics and Gender Studies.

The list below, which does not intend to be exhaustive, highlights some issues that we would like to see covered:

  • Women opposition leaders as parliamentary party leaders (Westminster and beyond)
  • Women opposition leaders as non-incumbent challenger candidates (in presidential democracies and beyond)
  • Women opposition leaders in hybrid and autocratic regimes
  • Gendered career pathways and patterns of oppositions leaders
  • The political and policy performance of women opposition leaders (i.e. electoral performance, intra-party reform etc.)
  • The political personality of women opposition leaders
  • The political rhetoric of women opposition leaders
  • Women parties and political opposition

References

Annesley, C., Beckwith, K., & Franceschet, S. (2019). Cabinets, ministers, and gender. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Beckwith, K. (2015). Before prime minister: Margaret Thatcher, Angela Merkel, and gendered party leadership contests. Politics & Gender, 11(4), 718–745.

Clemens, C. (2006). From the outside in: Angela Merkel as opposition leader, 2000–2005. German Politics & Society, 24(3), 41–81.

Helms, L. (2020). Spitzenkandidaten beyond Westminster: Comparing German and Austrian chancellor candidates. Parliamentary Affairs, 73(4), 808–830.

Helms, L. (Ed.). (in press). Political oppositions beyond liberal democracy: Symposium. European Political Science.

Jalalzai, F. (2008). Women rule: Shattering the executive glass ceiling. Politics and Gender, 4(2), 205–231.

Jalalzai, F. (2013). Shattered, cracked or firmly intact? Women and the executive glass ceiling worldwide. New York, NY: Oxford University Press

Krook, M. L., & O’Brien, D. Z. (2012). ‘All the president’s men?’ The appointment of female cabinet ministers worldwide. Journal of Politics, 74(3), 840–855.

Martin, J. M., & Borelli, M. (Eds.). (2016). The gendered executive. Philadelphia, PA: Temple University Press.

Müller-Rommel, F., & Vercesi, M. (2017). Prime ministerial careers in the European Union: Does gender make a difference? European Politics and Society, 18(2), 245–262.


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Volume 11, Issue 2

Title:
Hate Speech, Demonization, Polarization, and Political Social Responsibility


Editor(s):
Luis M. Romero-Rodríguez (Rey Juan Carlos University), Pedro Cuesta-Valiño (University of Alcala) and Bárbara Castillo-Abdul (Rey Juan Carlos University)

Submission of Abstracts: 1-15 June 2022
Submission of Full Papers: 15-30 October 2022
Publication of the Issue: April-June 2023

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Discursive violence has often played a determining role in the formation of nations and is explained by history in terms of its causal relationships, as a function in instrumental terms, so that the term “violence” is assumed in the collective as a practical tool—even more so with the rise of neo-populisms—used by social actors in opposition to relations of domination.

As one of the tools of societal violence, hate speech refers in general to all forms of discourse that deteriorate the image of a person or a group of individuals because of their inherent or acquired status. This includes explicit hate messages, as well as more subtle narratives by which the image of groups is disparaged to demonize them, exercising social control and creating political polarization, establishing a “symbolic struggle” between the notion of “us” vs. “otherness.”

As the capacity for social and political negotiation between the State and the various sectors of society has diminished, the regimes have paradoxically imposed, on their initiative, measures of coercion, violence, and formal and informal social control to maintain “democratic order” and justify the legitimacy of a government and its institutions. Thus, violence appears in contrast with political organizations of weak institutionalism, in the face of threats of the irruption of recognition of authority and, consequently, delegitimization of orders and disobedience.

In this thematic issue, we seek to explore, from empirical approaches, hate speech, the demonization of otherness, political polarization, and the social responsibility of political institutions, especially in the context of the rise of populism and the effect of social networks. We invite original articles that systematically explore the above questions. We encourage the submission of studies that survey the field, studies employing qualitative and quantitative methodologies, and research that seeks to make a constructive contribution to understanding present challenges and future opportunities.


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Volume 11, Issue 2

Title:
Local Self-Governance and Weak Statehood: A Convincing Liaison?


Editor(s):
Antje Daniel (University of Vienna, Austria), Hans-Joachim Lauth (Würzburg University, Germany) and Eberhard Rothfuß (University of Bayreuth, Germany)

Submission of Abstracts: 1-15 June 2022
Submission of Full Papers: 15-30 October 2022
Publication of the Issue: April/June 2023

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This thematic issue addresses the relationship between local self-governance and the state. Self-regulation is not understood as political organisation at the municipal level, but rather as the rules that emerge in the social context. Local self-regulations of individual local groups or communities and their arrangements with other groups at the local level are to be considered. On this basis, the interactions and relations with state authorities will be analysed.

In the various contributions based on a specific social science approach or preferring an interdisciplinary approach, we expect the analysis of different contexts and world regions. However, we assume that despite looking at the different constellations, common patterns emerge. This assumption underlies the thematic issue. Ultimately, an answer to the question of convincing liaison could lie in specifying its conditions.

All contributions should be based upon empirical research. They should explain the kind of methods and theories which are used; the definition of concepts like state, weak statehood, local self-governance, civil society or social capital or other concepts which contribute to an in-depth understanding of self-regulation. We suggest three key questions:

1) Which areas of community life are covered by collective rules that are given or upheld by this community? Which social norms, values or moralities do the regulations contain? What patterns of local self-governance can be identified?

2) What mechanisms of local community building can be observed? How are groups organized, and how does the internal decision-making work? What can we say about the collective identity and the legitimization of the groups?

3) What are the relations to the state? Are they mutually supportive and complementary, or are they in conflict? What form and styles of governance can be identified? How does the relationship between self-regulated groups and the state change the perception of weak statehood?


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Volume 11, Issue 2

Title:
The European Union and International Regime Complexes


Editor(s):
Tom Delreux (University of Louvain, Belgium) and Joseph Earsom (University of Louvain, Belgium)

Submission of Abstracts: 1-15 June 2022
Submission of Full Papers: 15-30 October 2022
Publication of the Issue: April-June 2023

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The international governance of many issue areas no longer takes place in single fora (international organizations, treaty frameworks, ‘clubs’) but rather across a multitude of partly-overlapping fora handling (aspects of) the same issue area. The entirety of these fora is referred to as an international regime complex. Such complexes have become a ubiquitous part of the multilateral landscape and pose significant challenges and opportunities for international actors such as the European Union.

The aim of this thematic issue is to advance our understanding of the European Union as an actor in international regime complexes. While there is a rich literature on the EU’s role in single international fora, our insights as to how the EU acts in the entirety of a given regime complex are still limited. And while the literature on international regime complexes usually takes the regime complex as unit of analysis, it has paid less attention to actor behaviour within the complex.

A wide range of questions is on the table, both regarding the EU’s role in specific regime complexes and regarding international regime complexity more generally: Is the EU an active shaper of regime complexes? To what extent does the EU take into account an entire regime complex in its external action or is the EU focused on single fora? What is the effect of the multitude of international fora dealing with (aspects of) the same issue area on the performance of the EU and the effectiveness of its external action? The thematic issue will bring together scholars of both the EU as an actor in international institutions and international regime complexes in order to offer a better perspective on the EU’s role in international regime complexes in various issue areas (including, but not limited to, environment, energy, development, health, human rights, trade, security).


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Volume 11, Issue 3

Title:
Publics in Global Politics


Editor(s):
Ulrich Franke (University of Erfurt), Janne Mende (Max Planck Institute for Comparative Law and International Law), Thomas Müller (Bielefeld University), and Jasmin Siri (University of Erfurt / LMU Munich)

Submission of Abstracts: 1-15 September 2022
Submission of Full Papers: 15-31 January 2023
Publication of the Issue: July-September 2023

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International studies have come a long way to perceive the global level as composed of more than states and their interactions. There are now vibrant debates about the rise and role of non-state actors in global governance and the emergence of a global civil society. This thematic issue contributes to these debates by analysing the publics that shape global politics.

Rather than debating whether or not there is one global public, as is often done, the thematic issue stresses the plurality of publics and proposes to unpack this plurality by inquiring into the notions of publicness that underpin the various publics. Conceptualising publics as social spaces in which actors compete for attention and support for their political agendas and where they debate inter- and transnational issues, the thematic issue differentiates three notions of publicness: First, just as politics within states, global politics is marked by legitimating references to public interests—understood as general rather than particular interests—which are usually the subject of fierce deliberation and controversy. Second, public is an attribute ascribed to actors and issues, usually through distinctions between public and private actors and issues. These distinctions are likewise subject to contestation. Third, publicness in the sense of transparency is a matter of the availabilityor withholdingof information about the issues that are debated in global politics.

One of the most visible developments that affects how publics shape global politics is the transformation of communication and information technologies. It is profoundly changing how publics are constituted and how they matter. Against the background of this transformation, the contributions in the thematic issue study publics in a range of policy fields, guided by the following questions: What is the role of publics in global politics? How do various actors shape the prevalent understandings of what is—or should be—public? How have the relations between publics and global politics changed?


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Volume 11, Issue 3

Title:
United in Uniqueness? Lessons From Canadian Politics for European Union Studies


Editor(s):
Johannes Müller Gómez (Université de Montréal / Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich), Lori Thorlakson (University of Alberta) and Alexander Hoppe (Utrecht University)

Submission of Abstracts: 1-15 September 2022
Submission of Full Papers: 15-31 January 2023
Publication of the Issue: July-September 2023

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Since the 1990s, the study of the European Union has been increasingly informed by tools and approaches borrowed from comparative political science. This “comparative turn" in EU studies has taken place at conceptual, theoretical, and empirical levels. Both the analysis of the current state of the political system and institutional structures in the EU, as well as debates on historical polity-building processes and possible ways ahead, gain from comparative analyses of the institutional and constitutional setup of the Union and its functioning. Against the background of the current political and policy challenges the EU faces, it is high time to utilize the merit of analytical comparison—and the political system of Canada offers a splendid opportunity to do so.

The aim of this issue is twofold: First, it assembles comparative studies focusing on (parts of) the political systems of the EU and Canada to provide new insights into how the Union works. Second, the contributions of this issue will discuss how comparative analyses can improve our understanding of the EU and what the lessons, merits and limits of the comparative method are in EU studies.

We invite innovative empirical comparative analyses of the EU’s political system. Empirically, these studies can cover a broad array of foci as long as they explicitly compare the EU to Canada. The issue will focus on two general topics:

  1. Constitution and institutions: This section discusses questions related to the constitutional development of the EU and Canada, their polity and institutional architecture and the functioning of democracy in a multi-level system.
  2. Policy fields and decision-making processes: This section analyses how decisions are taken and implemented in different policy areas in the EU and Canada, including policy responses to crises, and how the involved actors and institutions interact.

Covering this broad range of aspects allows us to explore the potential of a comparative turn in EU politics on a conceptual and methodological level while at the same time giving insights into the current state of the art in using comparative approaches to study the EU.


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