Call for Papers: Active Youth? Trends of political participation in East Central Europe

Posted Date: 2019-09-12
Expiry Date: 2019-11-01

Call for Papers - Extended Deadline

Intersections. East European Journal of Society and Politics (IEEJSP) invites original research papers for its thematic issue on Active Youth? Trends of political participation in East Central Europe (edited by Dániel Oross, Pál Susánszky and Tobias Spöri).

Globalization offers clear economic opportunities and benefits, but comes with substantial social costs that often appear to affect young people, disproportionately given their tenuous transitional status within an uncertain and rapidly evolving global context. Young people are often portrayed as being at the forefront of social and even economic change. Many see the Internet as creating new modes of political activism. However, being at the forefront does not mean that they are in any position to control that change, nor should it be assumed that youth are necessarily controlled by the change.

There are concerns about young people’s disengagement from institutional politics and about decline in young people’s political engagement. There is a scientific discussion about how young people may be switching to other forms of non-traditional and political engagement or civic engagement and some authors herald young people as creators of sophisticated new forms of participation, especially online. The special issue aims to commit to the better understanding of social challenges of youth political participation, with a special focus on university students.

Analyzing university student’s attitudes is relevant because among social institutions universities are one of the most important socialization agents for democratic education. Many scholars argue that universities have a civic mission to serve public good and to create democratic citizens. University students are embedded both in the traditional values of its families and on the new ideas of youth organizations therefore they are very sensitive to societal changes.

Hence, youth and specially university students mirrors and therefore indicates the emerging problems of the whole society at the earliest moment. We invite both quantitative and qualitative empirical studies on youth and university students under the main headings:

1. Political engagement and political socialization
2. Universities’ role in students’ political socialization
3. Prevalence of democratic political values within youth communities
4. Voting and extra-parliamentary political participation
5. Social mobility and higher education
6. Radical right attitudes and participation in radical-right politics

We invite scholars to submit an abstract of no more than 800 words including a short bio and the description of the main question(s) and finding(s) of the paper along with the methodology applied, by 1 November, 2019 through our online submission system, and by email to susanszky.pal [at] The deadline for submitting the final papers is 15 February, 2020.

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Intersections. East European Journal of Society and Politics (IEEJSP) is a peer-reviewed journal promoting multidisciplinary and comparative thinking on Eastern and Central European societies in a global context. IEEJSP publishes research with international relevance and encourages comparative analysis both within the region and with other parts of the world. Founded by the Centre for Social Sciences of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in Budapest, IEEJSP provides an international forum for scholars coming from and/or working on the region. The Journal is indexed by CEEOL, ERIH, Google Scholar, and Scopus. The evaluation process is at an advanced stage with: ProQuest Sociological Abstracts, EBSCO, JSTOR, Web of Science Emerging Sources Citation Index, Index Copernicus, and DOAJ.