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Social capital, public participation and democracy

Deadline

Thursday, March 15, 2018

The 9th International Conference in Political Economy, "The State of Capitalism and the State of Political Economy" will take place at the University of Pula, Pula, Croatia, on September 12-14, 2018. Asimina Christoforou (Athens University of Economics and Business) and Luca Andriani (University of London) are organising a Panel about "Social capital, public participation and democracy". The deadline for submission is March 15, 2018.

Overview


Current economic crises are deeply rooted in an institutional crisis, in a social and democratic deficit.  Nowadays we often question the ability of economic and political institutions to translate people’s needs into social welfare: austerity policies have led to poverty and inequality; public goods and services in crucial areas of health, education and the environment are in decline; decisions in parliaments, elections and referenda are being challenged; human rights, especially those of immigrants and workers, are being violated; outspoken scholars and activists are being persecuted; extremist groups are spreading fear and violence; and civil conflicts and international disputes are spurring threats of war and human extinction.

In light of these developments, we invite proposals for papers to be presented in the Social Capital Working Group’s panels at the 9th International Conference in Political Economy, that examine the potential of social capital to restore democracy by cultivating norms and networks of citizen involvement and public participation. Many studies have pointed to the critical role of social capital in creating values and institutions of democracy and social welfare, by appealing to the work of Tocqueville, Dewey and Putnam. Yet some argue that the prevalence of particularised interests and powerful economic and political elites may foster hierarchical relations, clientelism and corruption and thus hinder broader participation, development and welfare. These are hypotheses that need to be further theorised and empirically tested in order to uncover the relationship between social capital and democracy.

We also encourage contributions that generally address the topic of social capital. We welcome works that derive from various social science disciplines and use different units of analysis (individual, regional, country or cross-country level), methodologies and techniques (theoretical, empirical, qualitative and quantitative).
 
Please submit your proposal by March 15, 2018.

To submit a proposal, please go to the following Electronic Proposal Form (EPF), and carefully follow the instructions. You will need to select the Working Group “Social Capital”.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdSIL-fk3_te7MllwAmRUYZIPhDgu_WOlYwzIZmd6c7JCYxng/viewform

For general information about IIPPE, Working Groups, and the Conference: http://iippe.org/wp/

For queries and suggestions, you may contact Asimina Christoforou, Coordinator of the Social Capital Working Group: asimina.christoforou@gmail.com.

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