Call for Papers for a Special Issue on: "Informal markets, politics and social practices: inter-disciplinary contributions to unpack a manifold concept"


Call for Papers for a Special Issue on:

Informal markets, politics and social practices: inter-disciplinary contributions to unpack a manifold concept

The notion of informality has been often associated - if not overlapped - with criminality, illegality/extra-legality, corruption, clientelism, and hybrid sources of authority, morality and governance; by “informal” it has been actually meant diverse practices and actions that are not regulated by the state ( Routh 2011) or rules that are created and enforced through non official channels (Helmke and Levitsky 2004). Pioneer studies of informal economic practices have focused on informal trade, employment and entrepreneurship based on trust-sensitive and network-sensitive activities (e.g. itinerant trade and suitcase trade, open-air markets, bribery, smuggling and what has been termed as “the economy of favours”, Ledeneva 1998); scholarship has then acknoweledged that informality is not only an expression of economic activities but is also embedded in social and political spheres, being “connected to sociality, kinship relations, and a continuity of everyday tactics” (Morris and Polese 2014, 8), and related to routines of resilience and survival as well as coping strategies and private safety nets.

Whereas the presence of informal institutions, networks and processes of decision-making appears as a recurrent characteristic in countries in transitions as well as in developing and post-colonial contexts, examples of informality abound also in developed countries. The presence of mixed organisational systems and practices and the interpenetration of different providers of social services, security and justice cannot be considered a context-specific peculiarity.

Within the field of comparative politics, informal institutions are often considered as the unwritten “rules of the game” enabling and constraining political actions. The informal dimension plays an important role in many aspects of political order including the analysis of executive-legislative relations (Helmke and Levitsky 2006), legislative decision making (Reh et al. 2003), the linkage between elites and citizens (Kitschelt 2000) or the process of government formation in parliamentary systems (De Winter 1995). An interestingly but often neglected question regards the emergence of informal institutions and their influence on the negotiation of subsequent formal rules (for instance, Farrel and Héritier 2003). Among international institutions, informal intergovernmental organisations have been categorized as an intermediate category between non-institutionalized interactions and formal intergovernmental institutions (Vabulas and Snidal 2013). The concept of informality has revealed to be a crucial analytical category also for studying post-conflict situations and international interventions (Moe 2016; Boege, Rinck and Diebel 2017). Recent empirical works have drawn attention on the range of activities happening outside and beyond the control of the state (see for example Schroeder, Chappuis and Kocak 2014; Knudsen and Frederiksen 2015).

The upcoming Special Issue of Interdisciplinary Political Studies seeks contributions tracing and examining one or more of the topics (non-exhaustively) exemplified above. We welcome submissions coming from different disciplinary fields - from Political Science and International Relations to Sociology, Economics, Development Studies etc. - and area specialisations, with the common objective of unpacking the concept of informality and provide cases to substantiate theory-grounded reflections.

Posted: 2018-01-30 More...

Call for Papers - Trump and the Post-American world order


Call for Papers for a Special Issue on:

Trump and the Post-American world order

Guest Editors: Edoardo Baldaro (Università Orientale di Napoli) and Matteo Dian (Università di Bologna)

Posted: 2017-09-22 More...

Invitation to submit proposals for Special Issues

Applications are invited for the guest editorship of the upcoming issue of  Interdisciplinary Political Studies(IdPS) - Vol. 4 Issue 1, which will be published in June 2018 under the general supervision of the IdPS editors. 
Posted: 2017-06-12 More...

Call for Papers - Free to think, free to research: challenges to academic freedom in the context of contemporary global politics


Call for Papers for a Special Issue on:

Free to think, free to research: challenges to academic freedom in the context of contemporary global politics

Editors: Alessandra Russo & Federico Russo

- Submission of long abstracts (about 1,000 words): 15 FEBRUARY 2017

- Selection of long abstracts: 15 MARCH 2017

- Submission of articles: 15 JUNE 2017

- Provision of peer review feedback: 30 AUGUST 2017

- Submission of revised drafts: 15 OCTOBER 2017

- Publication of the issue: 15 NOVEMBER 2017

Posted: 2017-02-28 More...
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