Call for papers: “Governance, Hierarchy and Morality. Revisiting regulation from a new angle” (ECPR General Conference, Innsbruck, 26-28 August 2020)

Governance, Hierarchy and Morality. Revisiting regulation from a new angle.

Sandra Eckert and Eva-Maria Euchner

ECPR General Conference, Innsbruck, 26-28 August 2020

Section on “Religion and Politics Across Boundaries


In this panel, we seek to revisit regulation scholarship and research from a new angle, that is morality policy. The field of morality policy has thrived in the last decade (Engeli et al. 2012, Knill et al. 2015), and first attempts have been made to establish a systematic link to regulatory governance theorising and conceptualising (Euchner and Preidel 2018, Euchner 2019, Engeli and Rothmayr 2016). We will build on this work and develop such cross-cutting research further. In particular, we want to revisit well-established lines of argumentation in the regulatory governance literature such as on the shadow of hierarchy (Héritier and Eckert 2008), or on corporate power in regulation (Eckert 2019). An application of these concepts to religious actors is highly promising as they are often systematically involved in the governance of morality issues.

Accordingly, we solicit papers that address one of the following issues:

  • the relevance of regulatory threats/ shadow of hierarchy in morality policies
  • the existence of a shadow of morality in various areas of regulation (e.g. environment, banking, artificial intelligence)
  • the moral legitimacy of various kinds of actors (e.g.,religious actors)


Please email the convenors ( and an abstract of about 200 words no later than 9 February 2020, so that we still have time to put the panel together until the official ECPR submission deadline on 19 February 2020.

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