Call for papers: PDD section at the PSA Conference 2023

The Participatory and Deliberative Democracy Specialist Group will host a section of eight panels at next year’s  PSA 2023 Annual Conference with the title “Political Futures”  which will be convened as a hybrid digital/on site event by the University of Liverpool on 3rd  to 5th of April 2023.  This year, PSA has offered the opportunity to Specialist Groups to open the Call for submission ahead of the general call so we can put together our panels.

This year’s  PSA general conference focuses on “Political Futures,” a topic that signals the need to take stock of the continuous and parallel crises that European and World politics are currently facing, and to assess the challenges for the future of democracy.

As PDD, we are particularly interested in submissions that discuss the way ahead in participatory and deliberative procedures and how a participatory culture can be embedded in the current challenging political landscape? What are the main challenges that participatory and deliberative procedures have to face? How can participatory procedures enhance democratic norms and solidify democratic ideals? Which risks are they confronted with in today’s turbulent times? We welcome papers with theoretical and/or empirical or comparative perspectives.

We invite proposals of full panels or individual papers on participatory and deliberative democracy to be submitted by 7th September 2022. Individual papers will be organised into panels. Full panel proposals are strongly encouraged. We are also happy to consider roundtables, workshops and other formats.

Panel and paper proposals should be addressing problems and discussions concerning participatory and deliberative democracy. Topics of interest might include, but are not limited to:

  • Deliberation and democratic legitimacy
  • Democratic innovations and forms of institutionalised participation
  • Participatory governance, public policy, and participatory bureaucracy
  • Social movements and deliberation/participation
  • Decolonising deliberative democracy and democratic innovations
  • The systems approach to deliberative and participatory democracy
  • Pandemic, health, and emergency politics and participatory/deliberative democracy
  • Comparative perspectives on ‘blended’ deliberation (online/offline)
  • The environmental, non-humans and future generations as participants
  • Representative democratic institutions and deliberation/participation
  • Radical democracy and agonistic democratic theory
  • Consumerism and participation
  • Feminist thought, critical theory and democratic theory
  • Decolonial approaches to thinking about participatory/deliberative democracy
  • Socialist/anarchist conceptions of participatory democracy
  • Public administration and participation/deliberation
  • Model- and post-model thinking in democratic theory
  • Participation/deliberation, inequality, and inclusion/exclusion
  • Social policy and participation/ deliberation
  • The commons
  • Methodological innovations in participatory/deliberative democracy
  • Digital deliberation and participation/Online consultations

We encourage panel proposals that reflect the diversity of our field and refer to contemporary and/or future challenges that participatory/deliberative democracy must deal with. We would be grateful if you could ensure that the panels you submit are as diverse as possible in order to correspond to the PSA’s  EDI goals. All male panels will not be considered.

To submit an individual paper proposal, please prepare an abstract of up to 300 words along with the author’s affiliation and email address. To submit a panel proposal, please prepare abstracts of three or four papers (max. 300 words each), along with a panel title and brief description (max. 300 words) and details of the proposed panel chair (discussants are optional). Please, include all email addresses of paper givers, chairs, and discussants.  

Please submit your proposals to by 7th September 2022. DO NOT submit your proposals simultaneously to the PSA; we will collate and process the PDD panels.

We encourage applications from PhD students and early career researchers, although the PSA does not accept panels comprising entirely of PhD students.

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