CFP: Hypothesis

Submission deadline: June 30, 2021

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Call for Papers: Contemporary Challenges to Democracy

The end of the Cold War has seen an extensive replication of the democratic model across the globe, a process taking place in societies with very different political and cul- tural traditions. Nevertheless, merely three decades after their expansion, the democratic normative model is showing increasing signs of fatigue, as well as increasing numbers of challenges on all fronts. These extensive challenges range from the rise and sustained success of hybrid regimes and illiberal democracies, to the complex systemic crises which have hit the postwar political establishment, as well as issues pertaining to democ- racy deficits encountered in global governance, concerns regarding accountability and rule of law, and, last but not least, the increasingly volatile security environment in the face of an upsurge in radicalism and threats posed by non-state actors.

Insights on a broad spectrum of themes are welcomed, including, but not restricted to:

  • Contemporary practical challenges to social democracies and welfare states

  • The legacy of the Iron Curtain in Eastern Europe`s democracies

  • The challenges posed by authoritarian and hybrid regimes

  • Security versus freedom

  • Political awareness and democracy

  • Politics and economy

  • Political philosophy

  • Politics, democracy, and new media


Cristiana Budac, West University of Timisoara, Romania

Mihai Murariu, West University of Timisoara, Romania

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