Call for papers: ECPR General Conference 2020, Innsbruck, Austria

Call for papers: ECPR General Conference 2020, Innsbruck, Austria

The environmental politics section of ECPR is calling for papers for the following panels:

(Paper submissions stricktly through the conference website by 19 February 2020)

Panel title: Political parties and sustainability policies
Chairs: Lars Berker (University of Magdeburg), Aron Buzogány (BOKU Vienna/Free University Berlin)
Description: The goal of this panel is to bridging the party politics scholarship with the literature on the politics of sustainability. It is interested in papers answering, e.g., how specific party families address the challenges of sustainable development – on an ideological as well as a policy instrumental basis; how party systems change in the face of debates around sustainable development; and if sustainability policies are creating new cleavages.

Panel title: Ecofeminism in/and the Anthropocene
Chairs: Robert Booth, Andy Holland (both University of Liverpool)
Description: This panel shall address the criticisms that continue to haunt ecofeminism by bringing together political theorists, philosophers, and activists who share the intuition that ecofeminism is important in the context of the so-called Anthropocene and global flourishing more broadly, and who wish to further explore that hunch.

Panel title: Private Governance, Corporate Power and Environmental Politics in Europe
Chairs: Sandra Eckert (Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies/Goethe University Frankfurt), Andrea Lenschow (University of Osnabruck), Jan Pollex (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich)
Description: This panel aims to address the present-day developments and implications of private governance and business power for environmental politics in the European Union. Its focus is on the role of private actors in the field of European environmental policy in light of multiple contrasting contexts.

Panel title: The politics of low carbon transformations: Exploring state and non-state relations in the post-Paris climate policy landscape
Chairs: Naghmeh Nasiritousi (Stockholm University), Jens Marquardt (Stockholm University)
Description: This panel seeks to explore opportunities for critical social science interventions examining the interplay between domestic and transnational climate initiatives in the quest for de-carbonization. It invites contributions conceptualizing the relationship between state and non-state climate action involving public and private actors; assessing the effectiveness and legitimacy of non-state climate action, and critically appraising the political impacts and transformative potential of transnational climate action.

Panel title: Climate Change Adaptation and the Diffusion of Innovative Policies
Chairs: Jonas Schoenefeld, Kai Schulz (both Technische Universität Darmstadt & Institute for Housing and Environment)
Description: This panel will consider the conceptual and empirical nature of innovative adaptation policies, as well as the specific motivations and mechanisms of their diffusion and the context dependency of relevant drivers. It specifically focuses on actors and institutions, including their embeddedness in multi-level contexts (national, local, regional levels).

Note: the panel is full

Panel title: ‘Green’ public = ‘green’ policies or vice versa?
Chairs: Isabelle Stadelmann-Steffen (University of Berne), Christina Eder (GESIS – Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences)
Description: This panel aims at better understanding the link between policies and public opinion. It welcomes comparative as well as one-country analyses on the congruence between and the change of public opinion and public policy on environmental issues, e.g., greenhouse gas emissions, recycling, energy, infrastructure, or transport. It particularly welcomes papers that contribute to the methodological challenges related to the endogenous relationship between public policies and public opinion.

Panel title: Illegal use of natural resources: conflicts, governance settings and policy response
Chairs: Daniela Kleinschmit, Sylvia Kruse (both University of Freiburg)
Description: This panel aims to provide an analysis of conflicts, governance settings and policy responses related to diverse forms of illegal use of natural resources, including illegal logging, fishing, mining or use of water. Presentations may take an international relations, public policy or environmental governance perspective covering diverse theoretical and conceptual schools of thoughts and methods.

Panel title: The Scope of and Limits to Social-Ecological Change through Grassroots Participation
Chairs: Mundo Yang (University of Siegen), Margaret Haderer (Vienna University of Economics & Business)

Description: The panel asks for theoretically and/or empirically grounded analyses of expected and unexpected outcomes of various forms of grassroots participation. The goal is to identify larger societal contexts and mechanisms that make, unmake, reconfigure, and block socio-ecological change pursued through grassroots participation. We also welcome reflections on which switch of gears in conception and strategy may help overcoming identified limits and barriers.

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