Posted by: ISPP JSC | December 9, 2010

Call for Papers: Processes Influencing Democratic Ownership and Processes Conference, Bologna, Italy, May 11-12, 2011


            In many countries, conventional forms of political participation have declined in recent years, with growing levels of political apathy, disengagement from formal democratic processes and increasing distrust of, and lack of confidence in, political institutions. This democratic deficit poses a serious threat to the perceived legitimacy of governance.
            To understand and promote active citizenship, it is vital to examine how people conceive their role as citizens, how they develop a sense of belonging and ownership in their communities, and how they subjectively experience this role and sense of belonging. It is also essential to investigate a range of diverse groups, particularly marginalised groups that are at risk of political disengagement due to age, gender or ethnicity, if the aim is to develop effective policy and practical recommendations to reconfigure democracy where participation, ownership, diversity and pluralism are key words. In addition, analysis of political participation among marginalised groups will help to expand the concept of citizenship. It will also make a substantial contribution to current scholarly and policy debates about democratic deficit.
            Submissions from researchers, policymakers and practitioners working in any relevant field or discipline are welcome. 
Abstracts of papers for presentation at the conference should be submitted before the 15th December 2010. 
Abstracts, which should be no longer than 300 words will be anonymously reviewed by the Scientific Committee. 
Notification of acceptance of abstracts: 30th January 2011. 
Abstract should be submitted through Paper Submission form  
            PIDOP Project: 
PIDOP is a multinational research project funded by the European Commission under the Seventh Framework Programme. The project is examining the processes which influence civic and political participation in eight European states  Belgium, Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Sweden, Turkey and the UK. 
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