The increase of information and the need to have a large number of sources of knowledge and debate, makes strategic the role of communication and, in particular, of the digital media.
A particular place in which political communication can play a new strategic role (not limited to the usual dimensions of campaigning) is constituted by the democratic innovations (from the innovative form of institutional design to the first experiences of participatory-deliberative democracy).
Themes include (but are not limited to):
– Conceptual innovations: In what ways, if any, do the concepts of participation and deliberation need to be reframed in response to contemporary challenges and developments?
– The role of political communication: How can political communication better support democratic innovations? Is it possible – even in academic field – to avoid the risk to conceive political communication as a mere intervening variable in social processes?
– Political engagement and communication: How can we develop tools and methods to encourage and support participation? How can communication be embedded in already existing social and political structures? How can communication empower the quality of democracy?
– Democracy and scale: The proliferation of digital and online technologies opens up new possibilities for participatory methods and practices to engage a broader public. Can the quality of deliberation be correspondingly improved? What the role of communication in this perspective?
– Digital platforms and democratic innovations: What are the peculiarities of the digital platform for participation, also in a comparative perspective? What are the relationship between public/political communication and the national/European public policies to improve participation? Can political communication play a role in the re-shaping of the open government projects? What are the relationships between the Internet governance and the innovations in institutional design?
We encourage contributions from different theoretical and methodological approaches. Papers can be theoretical or empirical in kind.
Papers that tackle the above issues from a historical and/or a comparative perspective are also welcome.
Please send your abstracts (300-500 words) by 10 December 2015 to firstname.lastname@example.org and to Michele Sorice (email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org)
– Notification of outcome: 20 December 2015
– Full papers submission (7,000 words maximum, including abstract and references, footnotes): 15 March 2016
– Notice of acceptance: 15 April 2016
Please ensure that author(s) names are removed from the text and from the supplementary files. Submissions should preferably use Harvard citation system (BS ISO 690:2010).