ECPR General Conference 2024: Call for panels and papers

From Ideas to Action: Democratic Innovations Confronting Contemporary Challenges

The Democratic Innovations section of the ECPR General Conference in Dublin, taking place from August 12 to 15, 2024, aims to delve into how democratic innovations can tackle the multifaceted challenges faced by society and politics in the contemporary world. The thematic focus revolves around exploring innovative solutions to address these obstacles, emphasizing interdisciplinary perspectives, open science collaboration, and the integration of new theoretical lenses.

The section is structured around four key themes, each of which presents unique challenges and opportunities for democratic innovations.

The first theme revolves around “Deepening and Broadening Democracy Across Contemporary Societal Divides”. This theme addresses the crucial issues associated with deepening and broadening democracy, particularly in the face of structural inequalities such as income, social, and gender disparities. Additionally, it explores age-based divides, emphasizing the importance of youth participation in democratic innovations. By confronting these challenges head-on, this theme aims to pave the way for more inclusive and equitable democratic practices.

The second theme, “Global Crises and Immediate Demand for Action,” highlights the urgency of democratic innovations in the face of climate change, deliberative democracy, and misinformation/disinformation. This theme analyses the role of democratic processes in tackling global crises, emphasizing the need for swift and effective action. These panels will explore strategies to integrate democratic innovations into the fight against climate change and combat misinformation, strengthening informed decision-making globally.

The third theme on “Tech & AI: Challenges & Opportunities” is about the emerging and complex role of technology and AI in democratic innovations at all levels, paying tribute to recent advancements like automated moderators in deliberation, the AI-driven analysis of discourses and platforms or the gamification of democratic innovations. The theme also addresses the negative consequences and side effects of these new technological innovations, unpacking why and how they shape the future of established and novel democratic processes.

Moreover, the fourth theme encourages theoretical advancements to address these challenges, where scholars explore innovative theoretical perspectives. The theme engages with deliberative systems thinking, participatory approaches, integrating macro- and micro-innovations, and adopting policy perspectives to enhance democratic innovations’ impact on the political process writ large. By pushing the boundaries of existing theories, this theme seeks to inspire fresh perspectives and novel approaches to confront the challenges faced by democratic innovations.

The section’s overarching theme of open science initiatives and collaboration between science and practitioners delves into the intersection of open science principles and democratic innovations, exploring how collaboration between researchers and practitioners can enhance the democratic process. We anticipate stimulating discussions and innovative ideas emerging from this theme, bridging the debates between scientific investigation and real-world application.

Key themes:

1.         Deepening and broadening democracy across contemporary societal divides

2.         Global crises and Immediate Demand for Action

3.         Tech & AI: challenges & opportunities

4.         Theoretical advancements and open science initiatives addressing contemporary challenges


We welcome submissions of papers and panels addressing any of these themes. The submission deadline is 18th of January, 2024. When submitting panels, please ensure that at least one paper slot is left open. The section convenors will then assign individual papers to finalize those panels.

Please submit your panels and papers online using the myECPR platform. Refer to the ECPR General Conference Guidelines for details:

The section is co-convened by Lala Muradova (U Pompeu Fabra) and Alexander Geisler (University of St. Gallen). Should you have any questions, feel free to reach out.

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