Call for Papers: Democracy & Society Vol. 19 (2021-22) 

The Democracy and Governance Program at Georgetown University is seeking well-written, interesting submissions of 1,500 – 2,000 words for the 2021-22 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 February 15, 2022. 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 Democracy and Crisis and we are seeking articles that address the following themes:

Trust and Governance: Declining trust in democracies and the rise in illiberal populism underline the increased dissatisfaction of the public with democracy and the functioning of governments. What lessons can be learned from past crises? How can democratic institutions restore trust in good governance? Can democracies reinvent themselves to deal with political, economic, or environmental crises? What processes and mechanisms can counter the attacks by autocrats on the legitimacy of democratic institutions? What can be done to counter misinformation and disinformation in the public sphere?

Democracy and Fragility: The world faces immense challenges posed by climate change, a global pandemic, and various humanitarian and refugee crises, as well as a rise in armed conflicts over the last decade. These issues transcend national borders and require increased international cooperation. What can democratic institutions do to address such global challenges? How can local and international actors build peace and democracy after armed conflict? What can the international community do to tackle non-state threats such as terrorism and transnational organized crime? 

Inequality and Corruption: Rising inequality and corruption undermine responsive and accountable governance. How can we increase political representation to address the needs of diverse groups in transitional and consolidated democracies? As kleptocrats use global banking and loopholes in the legal systems to launder their money in safe havens abroad, what can governments do to confront corruption at home and abroad? What local, national and global networks can address such challenges? How can governments and international actors address the rising disparities between states driving climate change and those feeling the brunt of its impact? 

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


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See and select “Submission Guidelines” for the D&S Style Guide.

The journal welcomes unsolicited submissions for its blog from academics and professionals with expertise in political theory, governance, democracy, and civil society. Every submission will be reviewed by the journal’s staff, which will communicate a decision within a few weeks. If accepted, submissions will be edited by the staff and returned to the author for their review.

Submission Guidelines 
Submissions must be typed in Word or Google Docs and should not exceed 2,500 words. References can appear as hyperlinks within the text or as numbered Chicago-style endnotes. Please include a short, 2-3 sentence biography and subject line in your email. If you wish to include a header image, please indicate the source and, if you do not own the image, ensure that it is available for reposting.

How to Submit
All submissions should be emailed as attachments (or shareable links, if using Google Docs) to Democracy and Society at

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