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STEP 2. Below each workshop description, you will find a red button that allows you to submit your proposal.

#1 - Political Theory Beyond the State

Workshop Chairs:

Stefano Merlo, University College London
Juri Viehoff, University Utrecht
Benjamin Swift, European University Institute

Workshop Abstract:

How should the institutions of transnational governance, their basic structure, laws, policies and impacts on their Member States (and beyond) be evaluated from a distinctly normative perspective? These institutions facilitate the cross-border deliberation, integration, coordination, cooperation and governance required to respond to a variety of global and regional challenges. Yet, their creation, development and adaptation to evolving global and regional contexts has depended upon momentous, and at points contentious, legal, institutional and policy innovations. This is well-illustrated, for instance, by reforms undergone by the European Union’s (EU) framework, institutions and processes over time in response to the multiple crises experienced since the Great Financial Crisis.

This workshop invites contributions from those working in international political theory. We are especially interested in work that engages with questions concerning the justice, legitimacy, responsibility and authority of transnational political organization beyond the state and the challenges such institutions face. What practical and applied conclusions on the mandate, structure and policy frameworks of these institutions can normative theory suggest? This workshop thus aims at offering feedback to papers in political theory and political philosophy that focus on international and transnational politics, broadly understood.

We welcome work-in-progress that analyses different international and regional institutions, policies and issues such as:

  • The European Economic and Monetary Union
  • The International Monetary Fund
  • The World Trade Organisation
  • The United Nations
  • Global Markets (Financial instruments, goods)
  • Monetary and Fiscal Policies
  • Trade Policies and Trade

from the point of view of, for instance:

  • Justice and Responsibility
  • Freedom and the Legitimation of Authority
  • Fairness and Equality
  • Representation and Partisanship
  • Democracy and Demoicracy
  • Citizenship & Transnational Rights
  • Constitutionalism and Transnational Politics

Workshop Language:

English

#2 - EU meets politics: actors and institutions in a multilevel democracy

Workshop Chairs:

Gilles Pittoors, Universiteit Gent

Workshop Abstract:

This workshops aims to explore EU democracy, its main actors and institutions. Recent developments in Europe have put the question of EU democracy centre stage. From the EU's response to the Covid pandemic and the Russian invasion of Ukraine, over democratic backsliding in EU member states, Brexit and the rise to power of the radical right in Italy, to new powers for and corruption scandals in EU institutions — all these issues call attention to the nature of the EU as a democracy, and the actors and institutions involved in the practices of democratic politics in the EU's multilevel system. Therefore, this workshops aims to bring together scholars who study the way the EU meets politics. While it approaches this topic in a broad sense, the workshop welcomes contributions which focus on one or more of the following research areas:

1. Political parties. Topics could include the cross-border and cross-level activity of national parties, the rise/fall of Eurosceptic parties and (new) pan-European parties, as well as recent advances in the development of Europarties and a European party system.
2. Elections. Topics could include candidate selection and campaigns for EP elections, the Europeanisation of national elections, and developments in the Spitzenkandidaten process.
3. Parliaments. Topics could include the extent and practice of national parliaments' involvement in EU decision-making, intra-parliamentary cooperation in the EU, as well as the organisation of the EP and its relation with other EU institutions.
4. Citizens. Topics could include voter behaviour and turnout in EP elections, the theory and practice of transnational partisanship, and the (historical) development of transnational political identities.

The workshop accepts both empirically and theoretically focused papers. There is methodological preference: quantitative as well as qualitative papers, from both academics and practitioners, are welcomed.

Workshop Language:

English

#3 - Discrimination, political engagement and intersectionality

Workshop Chairs:

Samira Azabar, Radboud University/University of Antwerp
Annie Hondeghem, KU Leuven
Floris Vermeulen, University of Amsterdam
Leen d’Haenens, KU Leuven
Louise Hantson, Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Niels Spierings, Radboud University
Peter Scholten, Erasmus University Rotterdam

Workshop Abstract:

One cannot understand current politics without a proper understanding of the roles played by minorities as well as their counterparts. Despite an expanding knowledge base on discrimination and ethnicized minority participation, an ever-changing context leads to new questions. This workshop aims to explore research linked to debates on discrimination  and the role of institutions herein, intersectionality and minorities' participation, all while unraveling the complex agency of (ethnicized) minorities in shaping political narratives. We therefore focus on three research lines:

  • First, studies examining the roles played by institutions, media, and various policy measures, such as campaigns, in the fight against discrimination based on ethnicity, skin color, religion, gender, disability and age (and/or intersections)
  • Second, research that explains ethnicized minorities' political choices (i.e. political parties, candidates) and, how intersecting power dynamics i.e. ethnicity/race, religion, class and/or gender impact minorities' mobilization?
  • Third, scrutinizing the complex divergent views on gender and sexuality of Muslim minorities studying differences with regard to values and attitudes towards gender and/or sexuality.

This workshop focuses on the contemporary role of minorities in the political arena in relation to public outcries about a threatened identity accompanied with the success of radical right parties. This workshop aims to foster a comprehensive understanding of the challenges, i.e., discrimination, and opportunities, i.e. participation, that shape the political landscape for marginalized communities in the low countries. Amongst others, we welcome (theoretical, overview, qualitative, quantitative or mixed method) papers focusing on:

  • the portrayal  and representation of various minority groups in media
  • policy measures in the fight against different forms of discrimination (i.e. quotas, campaigns)
  • the effectiveness and implementation of institutional mechanisms against different forms of discrimination
  • the political participation and representation of ethnicized minorities
  • the political belonging of minorities
  • ethnicized minorities' views and explanations on gender equality and homosexuality, and explanations hereof.

 

Workshop Language:

English

#4 - Breaking Barriers, Bridging Gaps: Exploring Gender and LGBTI Representation in Democratic Processes

Workshop Chairs:

Merel Fieremans, Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Rozemarijn van Dijk, Universiteit Antwerpen
Devika Partiman, Stem op een Vrouw
Zahra Runderkamp, Universiteit van Asterdam
Anne Louise Schotel, Universiteit van Asterdam
Elise Storme, Universiteit Gent
Anne Van Bavel, Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Workshop Abstract:

Democracy thrives on political equality and inclusion (Dalton, 2017). Despite significant progress in advancing equality for women and the LGBTI community, persistent challenges underscore the need for ongoing exploration into their political representation (Ayoub, 2022).

Our workshop solicits contributions to unravel the multifaceted challenges surrounding women, gender identity, democracy, and LGBTI inclusion. Key inquiries could include hurdles to women's and LGBTI political representation, such as in the various stages of the recruitment chain and its associated gendered challenges, from citizens' initial interest in politics to the retention or departure of politicians. Besides candidate emergence, we are also open to topics related to differences in campaign strategies and challenges regarding the anti-gender movement. Contributions examining effective strategies to address these challenges, emphasizing the roles of political entities and (social) media, are particularly encouraged.

Additionally, as we collaborate with Stem op een Vrouw, a Dutch organization promoting women’s political participation, we encourage authors to provide recommendations in their papers. Beyond academic contributions, papers can generate actionable insights fostering women’s and underrepresented groups’ sustained presence and representation in politics.

We seek to foster a nuanced understanding of gender identity dynamics in politics, inviting scholars to explore the intersectionality of gender with other dimensions of identity, such as race, class, and sexuality, unraveling the intricate challenges facing inclusive governance.

The workshop welcomes a methodologically diverse range of papers, including both quantitative and qualitative approaches. The organizers also welcome submissions that, besides our exemplary inquiries, explore all subjects related to women, gender (identity), LGBTI, and their intersections with other dimensions of diversity. Emphasizing the importance of inclusivity, we extend a special invitation to scholars from all career stages, fostering a rich dialogue on these critical topics.

Workshop Language:

English

#5 - Cooperation and legitimacy in international relations

Workshop Chairs:

Hylke Dijkstra, Maastricht University
Jutta Joachim, Radboud University
Bertjan Verbeek, Radboud University

Workshop Abstract:

International cooperation and multilateralism have prospered after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, but in the last decade they appear in crisis. The United States, under President Donald Trump, has withdrawn from a range of international institutions. The BRICS countries have outlined an alternative vision on global order and established a range of competing international forums. International cooperation is also heavily contested domestically, by populist parties, the Brexit referendum, rule of law crises in Hungary and Poland, and failed trade agreements. Meanwhile, the rise of authoritarianism across the world put further constraints on international cooperation. In other words, the infamous liberal international order seems under threat.
Scholars have started to study the decline of international cooperation, how cooperation is contested and delegitimized/legitimized, and the crisis of liberal international order. The purpose of this workshop is to bring together all scholars with an interest in international relations to advance this agenda. Several potential questions include:

  • What are the mechanisms through which the legitimacy of international organizations is established or challenged?
  • What historical examples of such processes of (de)legitimization may help us understand contemporary contestations?
  • To what extent is the crisis of liberal international order also felt on the ground by street level bureaucrats in which of the implementation of international cooperation and policy programmes?
  • What actions can the secretariats of international organizations take to affect contestation of legitimacy?

Workshop Language:

English

#6 - A contested world in transition: perspectives from comparative and international political economy

Workshop Chairs:

Toon van Overbeke, Maastricht University
Ferdi de Ville, Universiteit Gent
Sebastian Diessner, Universiteit Leiden
Lukas Linsi, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
Clara Weinhardt, Maastricht University

Workshop Abstract:

This workshop explores domestic and international political economy dynamics of key transitions of the contemporary era: at the domestic level, states have to find answers to structural changes related to the climate transition, growth of the knowledge economy and key demographic evolutions. Moreover, after a prolongued period of "hyperglobalization", the global political economy has entered a new phase of competition and conflict – which scholars refer to as a ‘geoeconomic’ turn: international trade and investment relations are increasingly shaped by geostrategic and security considerations.

These transitions bring into focus a number of topics that we seek to explore in the workshop:

  • The influence of institutions and politics on the changing economic environment in Europe (from a comparative perspective): high-income countries in Europe face questions around the viability of welfare states, the structure of labour markets, the resilience of financial markets and have been seen as a key source of changing electoral demands as well.
  • The electoral/public policy impact of these socio-economic changes in Europe: European countries are confronted with increasing wealth disparities, a resurgence of economic nationalism, and voter skepticism toward more globalised rule-based economic interactions. How can policy successfully bridge the gap between the needs of tomorrow and the politics of today in such complex systems?
  • Continuities and change of the global political economy : have international trade, investment and technology relations become more conflictual over the past decade? What are similarities and differences compared to earlier periods?
  • Unpacking the geoeconomic turn: what factors – including socio-economic inequality, xenophobia, racism and rising populism – have been driving the increased attention to geoeconomic competition? Who are the key players in the geoeconomic turn and what differences emerge across different regions of the world and across actor groups?
  • Implications of the geoeconomic turn: How has the geoeconomic turn manifested in various domains of the global political economy? What are the practical limits for (partially) unwinding complex global value chains? Will existing derisking approaches deliver on their promise of (green) domestic growth? What are theoretical implications for dominant theories of globalization?

We welcome contributions from all perspectives of comparative, international and critical political economy paradigms and encourage early-career scholars to apply.

 

Workshop Language:

English

#7 - The Social Role of the Armed Forces

Workshop Chairs:

Victor Bouemar Dinocheau, Radboud University Nijmegen
Nina Wilén, Egmont Institute
Tine Molendijk, Nederlandse Defensie Academie
Daphné Charotte, Maastricht University

Workshop Abstract:

What is the role of military institutions in the societies of the 21st century? From the Russian invasion of Ukraine to the factional war in Sudan, from military coups in West Africa to the development of AI-enabled drones, recent developments suggest that military professionals will remain central to the shaping of modern day societies. This workshop aims to map the contemporary field of study on civil-military relations and set a research agenda that addresses current challenges that involve military actors.

The civil-military relations scholarship is rich and has interested many different disciplines. As a consequence, an archipelago of civil-military research developed, with different islands focusing notably on Western armed forces in security studies, authoritarian regimes in the democratization literature, or internal conflicts for the civil war scholarship. Particularly in the Low Countries few venues for encounters between these different traditions exist. Hence, there is need to create and institutionalize such venues. This is particularly topical in a world where violent conflict is ever more frequent and where technological developments (AI, cyber) are bound to affect the role of armed forces. It is therefore important to (i) bring together scholars on civil-military relations from different disciplinary traditions, (ii) to map the contemporary field, and (iii) to set in the future research agenda in light of rapidly changing domestic and international orders.

Whatever the topic or the angle taken, military institutions are always about society. The question is therefore about the role that military professionals play for the society they (supposedly) serve. This workshop is intended for researchers working on a broad variety of topics such as military ethics, Just War theory, remote warfare, democratic accountability, privatization of security, civil-military cooperation, European defence, the military profession, armed forces during and after civil war, as well as trans-disciplinary scholars.

Workshop Language:

English

#8 - Parliamentary Elections in the Low Countries 2023/2024

Workshop Chairs:

Loes Aaldering, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Linda Bos, Universiteit van Amsterdam
Alessandro Nai, Universiteit van Amsterdam
Mariken van der Velden, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Workshop Abstract:

The November 2023 Dutch Parliamentary elections marked a significant political shift, with populist parties securing an unprecedented relative majority in the Dutch parliament. Despite conventional expectations, parties like the PVV, New Social Contract, and the Farmer Citizen Party (BBB) capitalized on structural issues such as the soaring cost of living and housing shortages, traditionally associated with left-wing concerns. What set these elections apart was the successful construction of an anti-immigration narrative around these economic challenges by populist parties. Also in Belgium, where Federal elections will be held on June 9 2024, immigration is an important issue in the campaign and large shifts in the composition of Parliament are to be expected.

This workshop focuses on these important elections and welcomes a broad set of contributions related to them. This may include (but is not limited to) topics such as public opinion formation, information flow and accuracy, (social) media influences, political campaigns and strategies, democratic participation, political rhetoric and framing. Papers that have collected novel data on the elections will be prioritized. There is no methodological restriction. The workshop language is English, but Dutch-language written contributions are welcome. For the English papers on elections in the Netherlands, there is the possibility to be invited for a Symposium, published by Acta Politica, on the 2023 Dutch elections.

Workshop Language:

English

#9 - Political communication in the hybrid media system

Workshop Chairs:

Luna Staes, Universiteit Antwerpen
Puck Guldemond, Wageningen University & Research

Workshop Abstract:

Political actors communicate their messages in the hybrid media system. It is through media that political actors can reach out to the broader public, diffuse their claims, and keep track of what is going on in society. Among other things, studies on political communication investigate how political actors (parties, politicians, social movement organizations) use (social or mass) media as a strategic tool to inform or influence the public, how media and journalists cover politicians' talk and debate, how political messages affect citizens, or how political actors communicate with each other through offline or online media channels.

This workshop aims to bring together relevant scholarship addressing insights on the broader causes and consequences of political communication in today's hybrid media system. We reach out to scholars of political communication in the broadest sense. Research papers focusing on the impact of contemporary challenges to political communication in the social media arena, the fragmentation of the media landscape, fake news and misinformation, political microtargeting, political influencers or opinion leaders, increased (online) incivility, (online) political protest, etc. are highly encouraged. The wide array of communication channels available to all kinds of political actors today makes for a multitude of relevant topics to be assessed during this workshop.

We welcome a diverse panel of researchers from different disciplines and with different (methodological) backgrounds and levels of seniority. We aim to offer an interactive workshop that brings forward a diverse selection of methods (survey research, experiments, content analysis, process tracing, computational methods, and other methods), and are keen on boosting research connections and providing researchers with substantial feedback.

Workshop Language:

English

#10 - Political Polarization

Workshop Chairs:

Lisa Janssen, Ghent University
Eelco Harteveld, University of Amsterdam
Guido Priem, KU Leuven

Workshop Abstract:

In recent years, political polarization has become a hot topic in both public and academic debate. Political polarization is commonly understood as a divide between citizens, groups, or political elites over ideological preferences, beliefs, identities, and even facts. While conflict is at the heart of democracy, there is a growing concern about the potential negative impact that varying sub-types of political polarization can have on the functioning of democracy. Moreover, research indicates that polarization can strongly impact citizens' inter-personal relations. As such, a thriving research field has emerged in recent years aimed at gaining in-depth knowledge about the drivers and consequences of these political divides.

This proposed workshop, titled 'Political Polarization,' seeks to unite scholars and researchers at the forefront of investigating political polarization and its diverse subtypes. The workshop will delve into crucial dimensions such as affective polarization, (perceived) ideological polarization, and factual polarization. By bringing together experts working on varying sub-types of political polarization, we aim to foster an in-depth understanding of the foundations, causes, consequences, and potential solutions to the multifaceted challenges posed by political divisions.

The relevance of this workshop is underscored by the need to unravel the intricate dynamics of polarization, given its potential to disrupt the fundamental tenets of democracy. In this workshop, we invite scholars from various methodological backgrounds to engage in meaningful discussions to share empirical findings and critically assess the evolving research on political polarization. Moreover, we encourage scholars who engage with a range of contexts to participate, also covering cases outside of the US or Western-European context. This workshop represents a timely and essential opportunity to advance our understanding of political divisions and their implications for contemporary democracies.

Workshop Language:

English

#11 - Revitalising democracy through citizen participation: conditions and impact

Workshop Chairs:

Lieven Boelen, Universiteit Gent
Laurien Coenen, KU Leuven
Take Sipma, Tilburg University

Workshop Abstract:

We live in an era of political disenchantment, and trust in representative institutions is waning. In light of this, citizen participation and co-creation of policymaking are often resorted to as potential avenues for revitalising representative democracy. Despite the growing number of practical applications and acceding body of research, questions remain about the conditions under which participatory initiatives can have a sustainable impact on democratic decision-making.

Organising purposeful and effective participatory and co-creation initiatives is far from evident. This panel welcomes contributions that elaborate on elements that find themselves on the input, throughput, and/or output dimensions of these initiatives. Firstly, what are the necessary (pre-)conditions to improve inclusiveness and spur a target audience to participate and internal stakeholders to support the initiative? Can innovative designs of citizen participation (e.g. combining elements of deliberation and voting or the use of digital tools) provide a promising avenue for innovating democracy? Digital tools can significantly lower the threshold for citizen participation as they allow citizens' voices to be heard from anywhere, anytime, provided they have internet access. However, it may also deepen existing inequalities, as the usual suspects are granted an additional toolset to express their political preferences. Secondly, how can innovative participatory initiatives be designed to facilitate a fair and transparent process, such as ensuring epistemic equality? Thirdly, how can these processes achieve their assumed potential regarding impact? Participative policymaking potentially renders policy measures more effective and legitimate by directly addressing citizens' needs and wants. Yet, it remains uncertain to what extent such an impact on (partaking) citizens and policy is actually achieved, what downsides exist in involving citizens and what characterises failed participatory or co-creative processes.

In sum, we welcome empirical and theoretical contributions on these matters, adopting various qualitative and quantitative approaches.

Workshop Language:

English

#12 - New frontiers in interest representation: emerging trends in an evolving political landscape

Workshop Chairs:

Frederik Stevens, Universiteit Antwerpen
Caelesta Braun, Universiteit Leiden
Marcel Hanegraaff, Universiteit van Amsterdam

Workshop Abstract:

Interest groups, denoted as informal organizations pursuing specific political aims, wield an escalating influence over political decisions. This workshop delves into the significant role played by interest groups and lobbying in shaping contemporary governance across diverse political systems. Acknowledging the ongoing evolution of interest groups, lobbying, and advocacy as a central field of research, it mirrors the dynamic nature inherent in modern politics. The surge in scholarly interest in this area stems from crucial factors currently impacting the political arena today.

Firstly, the crisis of representation in traditional political structures boosts interest groups' influence, locally and globally. Secondly, new stakeholders like corporations and social movements reshape policymaking on global issues such as climate change and public health. Thirdly, lobbying extends beyond democratic systems, revealing complexities in non-democratic contexts. Lastly, AI and new media revolutionize lobbying, challenging established democratic processes.

This workshop aims to dissect the multifaceted dynamics of interest groups and lobbying to foster a deeper comprehension of the impact and consequences of lobbying and advocacy in contemporary politics and public decision-making. Utilizing interdisciplinary perspectives from political science, public administration, sociology, and political communication, it explores diverse research areas:

  • Analyzing the impact of new technologies, particularly AI and new media, on lobbying and advocacy.
  • Theorizing interest representation in non-democratic settings, transcending traditional democratic settings.
  • Examining the role of new stakeholders, like citizen engagement and corporate lobbying.
  • Exploring individual factors affecting interest representation, including lobbyists' backgrounds, careers, and networks.
  • Focusing on transparency and responsible lobbying, investigating regulations governing interactions between interest groups and the state.

We invite contributions that strive for synergy between the literatures on interest groups, party politics, public administration, and political communication, employing a variety of methods and theoretical approaches. We welcome both conceptual and empirical research, including qualitative and quantitative approaches.

Workshop Language:

English

#13 - Addressing Contemporary Challenges to Global Peace and Security

Workshop Chairs:

Merel Selleslach, Vlaams Vredesinstituut
Wolfgang Wagner, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Nils Duquet, Vlaams Vredesinstituut

Workshop Abstract:

While geopolitical tensions are on the rise, an increasing amount of conflict affects almost a quarter of the world population. At the same time, Europe is faced with growing polarization and extremism within its own borders challenging local dynamics of peace and security. In the midst of escalating international tensions and the resurgence of power politics, the imperative for sustainable peace and security at various societal levels has become increasingly apparent. The significance of research dedicated to fostering sustainable peace and security cannot be overstated. This workshop therefore seeks to explore the pivotal role of peace research in informing policy responses to the pressing challenges confronting peace and security today.

The workshop endeavours to adopt a comprehensive approach to peace research, encompassing diverse methods (quantitative and qualitative) and levels of analysis (local, national, international), research perspectives (international relations, comparative politics, peace & conflict studies), and policy domains. Central to the discussion is an exploration of the multifaceted role that peace research can assume within policy frameworks. Emphasis will be placed on how insights derived from peace research can guide policymakers in formulating effective responses to the prevailing challenges for peace and security at local, national, and international levels. The workshop will be organized in four panels focusing on (1) everyday peace in the Low Countries, (2) international peace and security, (3) post-conflict peace peacebuilding, and (4) an interactive discussion on challenges and opportunities for policy impact.

Workshop Language:

English

#14 - Lokaal bestuur in Nederland en Vlaanderen

Workshop Chairs:

Peter Castenmiller, Universiteit Leiden - VU
Herwig Reynaert, Universiteit Gent

Workshop Abstract:

Het lokale bestuur in Nederland en in Vlaanderen is altijd in beweging. Binnen die permanente woelingen zijn steeds omstandigheden die leiden tot bijzondere oprispingen. Zo zal er in Nederland begin 2024 een kabinet aantreden dat wellicht een hele andere kijk heeft op de relatie met de gemeenten dan tot nu toe het geval was. Bovendien pakken zich wat de financiering van het Nederlandse lokale bestuur betreft donkere wolken samen.
België kent in het voorjaar van 2024 verkiezingen voor het nationaal bestuur en in het najaar voor de provincies en gemeenten. Ook dat zal vele verhoudingen weer ingrijpend veranderen. Voorzichtigjes aan vinden er bovendien in Vlaanderen nu enkele gemeentelijke fusies plaats.
Er is weer genoeg om te bespreken tijdens de ondertussen langstlopende workshop op het PoliticologenEtmaal. De workshop over lokale politiek zal ook dit jaar weer een platform bieden om over vele facetten van het lokaal bestuur van gedachten te wisselen. Peter Castenmiller (PBLQ/Universiteit Leiden/VU) en Herwig Reynaert (Universiteit Gent) zullen de workshop opnieuw organiseren. De workshop is de ontmoetingsplaats voor alle politicologen in Nederland en Vlaanderen die zich bezighouden met het lokale bestuur. Onze insteek impliceert dat allerlei bijdragen over lokale politiek en bestuur meer dan welkom zijn. Het essentiële doel van onze workshop is immers om elke politicoloog die zich bezighoudt met lokale besturen een platform en ontmoetingsplaats te bieden waar kennis, ervaringen en inzichten uitgewisseld kunnen worden. Bovendien bieden wij weer graag de mogelijkheid om naast die uitwisseling van kennis en informatie ook de persoonlijke relaties te versterken.

Workshop Language:

Nederlands