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Call for Submissions - “Democracy & Society” Volume 5, Issue 1
We are seeking well-written, interesting submissions of 800-2000 words on the themes below, including summaries and/or excerpts of recently completed research, new publications, and work in progress. Submissions for the issue are due Friday, September 14, 2007.
Globalization, Democracy, and Development
Over the past three decades, democracy and economic integration have spread at a rate unparalleled in history. Many argue that this is not a coincidence because economic and political liberalization are mutually reinforcing. Other scholars, however, maintain that the link between the two is far less clear. For example, China’s economic integration into the world economy does not seem to have catalyzed its political liberalization. In Latin America, citizens in many countries have democratically elected leaders who advocate reducing economic ties with developed countries. Moreover, since capital is far more mobile than labor, some assert that economic globalization undercuts the abilities of democratically elected governments to respond to citizen demands if they want to attract investment. Others further contend that the rules of globalization international organizations enforce, such as IMF conditions and WTO regulations, reduce the scope of policy options that democratic governments can enact if they want to be open to trade and investment, and eligible to receive foreign aid. The constraints of globalization can appear to be most binding for developing democracies that are attempting to implement economic and political reform simultaneously.
Economic globalization is also meeting resistance at the global level. The process of tighter economic integration among nations has catalyzed an opposing social globalization, such as international non-governmental organizations (INGOs) and transnational civil society, to counteract the influence of highly mobile capital and international economic organizations (e.g., the IMF, the World Bank, the WTO) on countries’ choice of domestic policies.
This issue of Democracy and Society will explore the effect of economic globalization on democracy and vice-versa from a broad range of perspectives. We are interested in examining these subjects from the point of view of developed and developing countries. We welcome submissions that explore how international governmental organizations, multi-national firms, and transnational civil society, are affecting policy making space for democratic governments and the pace of economic globalization. Further, we are interested in writings that examine how economic globalization affects democratic citizenship from a theoretical perspective. Finally, we encourage work that explores how US foreign economic policies affect democracy in other countries.
Please email submissions (MS Word preferred) to email@example.com. Endnotes preferred. Please include your name, department or organization, title, and contact information.
For additional information, please contact Julie Lantrip at firstname.lastname@example.org.