The Long View

Research in Political Sociology


Call for papers: Research in Political Sociology, vol. 27: Europe's Malaise: The Long View

Volume editors: Francesco Duina, Department of Sociology, Bates College and Frédéric Merand, Department of Political Science, University of Montréal.

Submission deadline: May 15, 2019


Europe is struggling. Its challenges include weak economic growth, demographic trends that undermine the sustainability of social and other programs, identity uncertainties, migration, populism, geopolitical tensions, Brexit, the EU's legitimacy crisis, the unfinished euro architecture, the EU's relationship with Turkey, and much more. Some of the dynamics at work may encourage further integration, but others are undermining it. Some may even undermine the integrity of European nation states as we know them. Plenty has already been written on these developments, but in most cases scholars have taken a very immediate stance and thus have not considered matters in light of longer time perspectives or in comparative terms.

This volume of Research in Political Sociology seeks to adopt a 'longer' view to make sense of Europe's current 'malaise'. Does Europe's experience have parallels in other parts of the world, and what might we learn about its problems by looking beyond its borders? Are the current challenges unprecedented or do they have roots or connections to past events and developments? Is there a 'big' picture which we should keep in mind as we interpret things? Is there a European trajectory into which we can contextualize current events? Are there bright spots, and what do they suggest about Europe's present and future?

The volume editors seek well-crafted research paper addressing the above questions and related topics. They are open to various theoretical and methodological approaches. The objective is to have a rich variety of papers that can help make sense of Europe today with a good degree of perspective.

Research in Political Sociology, a yearly series published by Emerald Press, seeks to publish original, high quality, peer-reviewed manuscripts to increase our understanding of political structures and processes. As one of the few journals devoted to political sociology, Research in Political Sociology holds an important place in the discipline for both elaborating existing research programs and charting new agendas.

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Logistics and timeline:

The volume editors intend to make this an efficient peer-reviewed publication process. Submissions are due by May 15, 2019, or sooner if authors have a relevant paper ready. Following an initial screening by the editors, papers will be sent for peer review, with the intention of having reviews and decisions completed by June or early July. The final versions of accepted papers will be due by August 31, and the volume will be published in late 2019 or early 2020.