Call for Papers

Democracy & Society Vol. 18 (2020-21)Truth and Information

The Democracy and Governance Program atGeorgetown University is seeking well-written, interesting submissions of 1,500 – 2,000 words for the 2020-21 edition of its publication — Democracy & Society. The submissions can be new publications, summaries, excerpts of recently completed research, book reviews, and works in progress. Graduate and undergraduate submissions of high academic rigor are also accepted. Submissions for this issue are due by January 15, 2021. Please email all submissions to with ‘Journal Submission’ in the subject-line. Democracy & Society reviews submissions on the basis of merit and deeply encourages intellectual and ideological diversity.  

This upcoming issue will deal with Truth and Information and we are seeking articles that address the following themes:

 Accounting for Truth. What are the modern obstacles to democratic accountability? What are the state’s interests in self-regulation and balance of power? How will questions of truth and legitimacy steer governance in the world as we weather multiple crises? Subversion of democratic interests and institutions directly attack vertical accountability, while populists and autocrats actively discourage scrutiny from their citizens. What lies in the future for democratic accountability, judicial independence, and transparency of citizens’ interests?

 Big Data: Mobilization and Governance. There has been a historical shift through the creation and monetization of data. Given the extraordinary scale of data collection and the variety of users it encompasses, how can this widening field be regulated? How has the emergence of the data economy (the buying and selling of user data) influenced democratic processes and consumer rights? How will constitutional concepts of private property, privacy, and ownership be applied to data in the future? 

 Challenges of Democracy in the New Century. The legitimacy of any democracy relies on the perceived and actual legitimacy of the democratic process, avenues for transparency, and accountability. How have globalization, the information age, and the pandemic era redefined governance, particularly democratic governance? Is this reckoning also an opportunity for democracies to tackle newly emerged or longstanding challenges they have faced? What lies ahead in the future for democracy given the current and evolving context of truth and access to information? 

Variations on these themes, as well as research that is relevant to these aforementioned themes, will be considered. 

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