Interdisciplinary Political Studies

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Interdisciplinary Political Studies (IdPS) aims to pursue two goals: affirming the importance of rigorous, high-quality Open Access publishing in the field of Political Studies, without imposing article processing charges to authors, and opening the fields of comparative politics and international relations to the contribution of other related disciplines. It is open to scholars studying political issues through the lens of several social science disciplines such as political science, international relations, political theory, political economy, sociology, legal studies and contemporary history. Interdisciplinary analyses are particularly welcome.

It publishes two issues per year focusing on domestic and international politics.

IdPS considers the following types of submissions:

Research Articles, Research Notes, Review Essays and Book Reviews. It also hosts a special section - “Security and Praxis”, that is particularly inspired by a critical epistemology and collects short articles shedding an eclectic light on topics dealing with the study of security.

Prospective guest editors are invited to submit special issues proposals.

IdPS exclusively accepts original manuscripts, which have not been published elsewhere or currently under review by another publisher.

All papers are subject to a rigorous process of double-blind peer-review.


Editorial board

Editors: Alessandra Russo (Sciences Po Bordeaux), Federico Russo (University of Salento).

Assistant Editors: Alice Cavalieri (Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies), Giulia Cimini (University of Naples L'Orientale), Alessandra Fasano (University of Salento), Silvio Labbate (University of Salento), Silvia Rolandi (Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies), Gergana Tzvetkova (Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies).

Direttore responsabile: Marina Sapia


This journal in published with the support of:

  • The Center for the study of Political Change (CIRCaP), of the University of Siena
  • The Department of Human and Social Sciences (DiSUS) of the “L’Orientale” University of Naples
  • The Institute of Law, Politics and Development (DIRPOLIS) of the Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies




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.

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Vol 3, No 1 (2017): Free to think, free to research: challenges to academic freedom in the context of contemporary global politics

The free flow of ideas is crucial to ensure the advancement of knowledge. Recent events, quite different in nature and coming from various parts of the world, have displayed the extent to which higher education communities and facilities are under attack. The quality and accessibility of academic work and instruction are being challenged at different latitudes: they are threatened by social and political instability of conflict and post-conflict zones as well as endangered, or at least conditioned, by emerging legislation on counter-terrorism and counter-radicalization. To a lesser extent, several contemporary trends in the politics and policy of higher education are questioning the scholar’s freedom to choose topics and methods of investigation also in established democracies. Reforms inspired by the new public management approach, whose intended aim is to promote public accountability of state funded institutions, are often blamed to have discouraged or punished the adoption of unconventional approaches and perspectives.

In the context of illiberal regimes, university institutions and personnel are targeted with the purpose of intimidating or silencing those speaking uncomfortable truths, while university campuses and colleges are increasingly exposed to police surveillance and militarization. Against this background, different forms of transnational solidarity and academic cosmopolitanism have mobilized to contest, resist and subvert the above-mentioned trends. Associations of peers have been involved in boycott actions and invoked the idea of “sanctuary universities”, while international organisations have proposed initiatives and instruments to monitor and protect academic freedom and protect it through legal doctrines such as the “duty of care” and the “responsibility to protect”.  In the context of liberal democracies the principle of free inquiry is not directly threatened, but it can be hollowed out in more subtle ways. Examples include designing public funding scheme which set “research priorities” to incentivize certain fields at the expense of others; the implementation of research assessments incentivizing some type of publications; or the hyper-competitiveness of the academic labour market. What is the impact of these recent trends on the way in which academics decide the content and methodology of their research activities?

The Special Issue seeks contributions tracing and examining one or more of the topics (non-exhaustively) exemplified above. As the Special Issue will inaugurate a new season and editorship of the journal InterDisciplinary Political Studies, we consider important to offer a self-reflexive space about where we - as researchers - stand: our role, our condition and our contribution to the international society.

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Free to think, free to research: challenges to academic freedom in the context of contemporary global politics Details     pdf
IdPS Editors 7-10

Research Articles

Do Universities Have a Duty of Care Towards Their Employees and Students when They Travel Abroad on University Business? A Critical Analysis of the State-of-the-Art and the Relevant Practice Details     pdf
Andrea de Guttry, Francesca Capone 11-39

Free Research in Fearful Times: Conceptualizing an Index to Monitor Academic Freedom Details     pdf
Jannis Grimm, Ilyas Saliba 41-75

Negotiating Unfreedom: An (Auto-) Ethnography of Life at the Forefront of Academic Knowledge Production Details     pdf
Philipp Lottholz 77-107

An Overview of Academic Freedom in Turkey: Re-Thinking Theory and Praxis Details     pdf
Sevgi Dogan 109-144

Threats to Academic Freedom in Venezuela: Legislative Im-positions and Patterns of Discrimination Towards University Teachers and Students Details     pdf
Mayda Gabriela Hocevar, David Augusto Gomez, Nelson Jose Rivas 145-169

Escape from Freedom? The Russian Academic Community and the Problem of Academic Rights and Freedoms Details     pdf
Dmitry Dubrovskiy 171-199

Research Notes

Researching the Chechen diaspora in Europe Details     pdf
Marat Iliyasov 201-218

Book Reviews

Through a Glass Darkly: The Social Sciences Look at the Neoliberal University, edited by Margaret Thornton. Acton: Australian National University Press, 2014, pp. 334. Details     pdf
Adriano Cozzolino 219-222

Organizational Transformation and Scientific Change: The Impact of Institutional Restructuring on Universities and Intellectual Innovation (Research in the Sociology of Organiza-tions, 42), ed. by: R. Whitley and J. Gläser.Bingley: Emerald, 2014, pp. 406. Details     pdf
Teele Tõnismann 223-226

The Capitalist University. The Transformations of Higher Education in the United States since 1945, by Henry Heller. London: Pluto Press, 2016, pp. 252. Details     pdf
Jesse Hembruff 227-230

From Class to Identity: The Politics of Education Reform in Former Yugoslavia, by Jana Bacevic. Budapest–New York: Central European University Press, 2014, pp. 235. Details     pdf
Ervjola Selenica 231-235

University in Chains: Confronting the Military-Industrial-Academic Complex, by Henry A. Giroux. Boulder: Paradigm Publishers, 2007, pp. 223. Details     pdf
Maria Giovanna Sessa 237-239

Academic Identities in Higher Education: The Changing European Landscape, edited by Linda Evans and Jon Nixon. London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2015, pp. 276. Details     pdf
Sokol Lleshi 241-244

Who’s afraid of academic freedom?, edited by Akeel Bilgrami and Jonathan R. Cole. New York - Chichester: Columbia University Press, 2015, pp. 428. Details     pdf
Elisa Piras 245-248

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