Politics of Participation – Focus on the ‘Third Sector’
University of Helsinki, Finland, August 25–27, 2005
SECOND CALL FOR PAPERS
Prof. Risto Alapuro, University of Helsinki, Finland
Ass. Prof. Oleg Kharkhordin, European University, St. Petersburg, Russia
Ass. Prof. Filip Wijkström, Stockholm School of Economics, Sweden
Decreasing level of citizen participation in the established political system has lately been pointed out as a major legitimacy problem for the principles of democratic governance. Simultaneously, distinguishing between the domains of state, market and civil society has become increasingly difficult. By the title Politics of Participation the organisers aim to draw attention to the shifting forms, contents, agents, and institutions of popular participation and joint action in the contemporary and modern context. The focus is on the processes taking place on the multifaceted ‘third sector’. The topic is approached in a wider European context, including also the emergent forms of democratic participation and civil society development trends in the Eastern European societies.
The conference organisers issue a call for papers addressing the following themes in contemporary and historical perspective:
* Shifting partnerships and tensions between the state, market and civil society
* Changing contents, forms and agents of participation on the ‘third sector’
* The relationship between non-profit and for-profit sectors
* Various forms of citizenship – social, political, consumer, entrepreneurial, corporate
* Links between the traditional and emergent frameworks of political and popular participation
Papers from all fields of social sciences studying the above themes in empirical and theoretical, in current and historical perspective are warmly welcome. The precise titles of the workshops will be decided according to the themes of submitted proposals.
The deadline for the paper abstracts (max. 500 words) is June 30, 2005 and for the completed papers August 15, 2005. Please send the abstracts and the papers to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The conference is organised by the Centre for Nordic Studies (CENS) at the Renvall Institute for Area and Cultural Studies University of Helsinki in collaboration with the Network on European Voluntary Associations. All relevant practical information concerning the exact conference programme, travelling, accommodation, daily schedules etc. are found on the network´s website at www.helsinki.fi/project/eva.
The conference is free of charge. Articles based on a selection of the conference papers will be processed into an anthology.
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