CALL FOR PAPERS, PACO 14(3 bis): 2021

Call for Papers for a Special Issue on[1]:

When, where and which kind of collective action matters?

Guest editors

Lorenzo Bosi (Scuola Normale Superiore) and Katrin Uba (Uppsala University)

This special issue will seek to investigate how collective action affects social change, pushing our understanding beyond the present state of knowledge. We encourage the analysis of a broad set of intended and unintended outcomes, ranging from the more general political, economic or societal changes to more specific effects at the individual or group level. In doing this it will aim to: (1) improve and expand the theoretical and conceptual tools for studying the topic - thinking broadly about the stages of social change and mechanisms of how collective action can affect social change, (2) suggest and explore methodological innovations to solve problems of previous research (e.g., using big data, experiments, process tracing, qualitative analysis), and (3) compare the topic in different social, political and cultural settings across various movements and various countries (particularly encouraging comparative analysis and focus on non-democratic settings). With this special issue our aim is to cross different fields within collective action research: social movement, trade union, civil society and political violence studies, and welcome authors from diverge fields of social sciences. Theoretically informed empirical analyses will be preferred. Purely theoretical or methodological papers will also be accepted to the extent that they propose particularly innovative approaches.

Submission procedure:

Articles, written in English, should be submitted to the guest editors according to the following schedule:

-  Submission of long abstracts (about 500 words): 5th of October 2020

-  Selection of long abstracts: 15th of October 2020

-  Submission of articles: 20th of December 2020

-  Provision of peer review feedback: 28th of February 2021

- Submission of revised drafts: 30th of May 2021

- Publication of the issue: 30th of November 2021

Articles should be no longer than 10,000 words, including notes and references. A maximum of 10 articles will be published.

Please refer to the editorial guidelines available at

Please address any queries to the guest editors – Proposals and papers have to be sent to the guest editors:;

[1] Particiaption and Conflict ( is an academic international journal specialized in social and political studies. Every issue is published in English, available in electronic and open access version.


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