Monday, September 11, 2017

CFP: Civil Society in Authoritarian and Hybrid Regimes (Special issue of Voluntas)

Civil Society in Authoritarian and Hybrid Regimes

We are in the process of developing a special issue proposal on "Civil Society in Authoritarian and Hybrid Regimes" for submission to Voluntas, which has indicated interest in considering a full proposal on the topic. Concurrently, we are also planning to organize one or more related panels for the 2018 ISTR Conference in Amsterdam for contributors attending the conference. 

Thematically, we aim to capture the duality that often underlies NGO/Government relations in these regimes. We are therefore interested in papers addressing restrictive policies, but will also consider papers that focus on supportive policies that some authoritarian regimes have developed to nurture some parts of civil society, while repressing others.  Papers can be single-country studies or present comparative analyses of issues, trends or regions.

Deadline for abstracts is September 29, 2017. Abstracts should be no more than 500 words incl. key references. Please indicate in your submission whether you are planning to attend the ISTR Conference inAmsterdam  and would be available to participate in a panel. For papers selected for the special issue, full drafts will be due in early summer 2018.

Please send inquiries, and submit abstracts,  to  


Stefan Toepler
George Mason University

Katharina Obuch
Annette Zimmer
University of Münster, Germany

Christian Fröhlich
Higher School of Economics, Moscow