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Convocatoria para Propuesta de Panel o Paper, en la Section Governance and Leadership (Democracy: Contemporary Challenges and Proposals from a Theoretical and Practical Perspective), en el marco de la 5th Graduate Student Conference del ECPR

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European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR)

5th Graduate Student Conference del ECPR que se celebrará en Innsbruck, Austria, entre los días 3 - 5 de julio de 2014

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SECTION 11: GOVERNANCE AND LEADERSHIP. DEMOCRACY: CONTEMPORARY CHALLENGES AND PROPOSALS FROM A THEORETICAL AND PRACTICAL PERSPECTIVE

Section Chair: Pedro Abellan-Artacho (Universidad Complutense de Madrid) Section Co-Chair: Bernabé Aldeguer Cerdá (University of Alicante) An increasing suspicion about democracy has been noticed for the last three decades (Crozier, Huntington y Watanuki, 1975; Pharr, Putnam & Dalton, 2000), concerning multiple dimensions: from political actors and fundamental institutions to the regulative ideal itself. As a result, a myriad of reflections and proposals has sprung - both from the theoretical and the empirical - focusing on the causes of and possible remedies for this multilayered crisis. In a context of economic recession, functionalist approaches have come to the front, attempting to discover the fundamental base for the stability of democracies and the importance of the economic factor (Morlino, 1995; Linz, 1996; Landman, 2011). Going much further, political scientists around the world concerned with the “quality of democracy” are reflecting on the requirements of a high quality democracy, and empirically testing their presence in our political systems (O’Donnell, 2002; Diamond & Morlino, 2004; Morlino, 2007). In this sense, political theory provides a plurality of ideal models from which our democracies can be evaluated. Habermas’ vindication of self-determination through participation as the central aim of democracy (1961) opened the door to a general critique of the minimalist model (Schumpeter, 1947; Huntington, 1991; Przeworski et al., 1996) from multiple perspectives, such as the deliberative (Elster, 1998), the participatory (Pateman, 1970), the republican (Pettit, 1997), or the radical (Laclau & Mouffe, 1985), among others. These different approaches, far from being mere abstract constructions, lead to very different recommendations; in order to properly evaluate them, an intense theoretical dialogue is needed. The section intends to create a space for panels and papers regarding the contemporary challenges that western democracies face from a theoretical and empirical perspective, including: 1) Accounts of the present crisis of democracy, its causes, characteristics and nature, such as comparative empirical research giving a general view of the problem as well as case studies providing a deeper insight of the phenomenon. Special attention will be paid to those pieces of work concerning the impact of the European economic crisis on the stability of our democratic systems, either questioning or defending the functionalist approach, as well as to reflections from the “quality of democracy” paradigm. 2) Theoretical contributions about the nature and limits of democracy, being of special interest the minimalist, republican, deliberative and radical views. As referred above, this section explicitly encourages putting into (normative) dialogue different traditions of theories of democracy in order to consider how these contrasting approaches lead us to distinct –even contradictory- specific recommendations. 3) Empirical research on the strategies towards a democratic reinforcement, enhanced participation and inclusion in the processes of decision making. In this sense, be welcome panels and papers presenting public policies of constitutional, institutional, administrative and/or electoral reform which pursue to promote civil participation, to increase democratic legitimacy and to strengthen political trust and the subjective efficacy of citizens. Moreover, the section aims to present considerations about the importance of public ethic, transparency and integrity management as elements that may help to set the standards of democracy beyond electoral mechanisms.

Deadline: 20 january.

- Propose a Panel including 3 – 5 Papers

- Propose individual Papers to a particular Section

To propose a Panel comprising

3 – 5 Papers, you will need

- Name of the Section to which you want to propose a Panel (select from the subject area drop-down list)

- Panel title

- Panel abstract of no more than 300 words, in English, which summarises the key aims and objectives of the Panel

- 3 – 8 keywords (from drop-down list)

- Name of the Co-Chair (if you have one), and their email address as registered in their MyECPR account

- Name of the Discussant (if you have one), and their email address, as registered in their MyECPR account

- Details of all 3 – 5 Papers:

Paper title

Abstract for each Paper of no more than 150 words, in English, which summarise the key aims and objectives of the Paper

3 – 8 keywords (from drop-down list)

Presenter name and email address, as registered in their MyECPR account

Name of up to four Co-Authors (if applicable), and their email addresses, as registered in their MyECPR account.

To propose an individual Paper, you will need:

- Name of the Section to which you wish to propose your Paper (select from the subject area drop-down list):

Paper title

Paper Co-Author (if you have one), along with their email address, as registered in their MyECPR account

Paper abstract of no more than 150 words, in English, which summarises the Paper's key aims and objectives 3 – 8 keywords (from drop-down list)

- Please note Only a Paper Author can submit a Paper proposal. An individual may propose more than one Paper but only one can be presented. If more than one Paper is accepted, you must find presenters for your additional Papers.

- You can submit proposals to more than one Section but even if you are successful, you will only be selected to Chair one Panel and to present one Paper.

- Individuals may perform each conference function (eg. Section Chair, Panel Chair, Discussant, Paper Giver) only once within the academic programme. You may submit more than one Paper but may present only one. If more than one Paper is accepted, you must find presenters for your additional Papers.

-Contactos: Comité Organizador

Pedro Abellan-Artacho, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, España

p.abellan.artacho@gmail.com

Bernabé Aldeguer Cerdá, University of Alicante, España

bernabealdeguer@gmail.com

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