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Call for Papers-Workshop Political Parties and Deliberative Practices: Use and Abuse ECPR Joint Sessions of Workshops, Mons, 8-12 April 2019

This workshop aims to invite scholars to analyze how political parties use or abuse deliberative practices to achieve their goals. The directors encourage three types of papers:

1. Theoretical papers that discuss the link between political parties and deliberative practices (micro and macro). These papers could refer to the turn created by the deliberative democracy both in the
organization and activity of political parties.
2. Empirical papers that scrutinize the causes, forms, and consequences of the use of deliberation by political parties. These may include, among others, the events organized to reinvigorate intra-party democracy, deliberation organized with the aim to alter a policy-making process and the ways in which political parties foster or impede deliberation in the whole political system.
3. Methodological papers seeking to provide a systematic way to assess the use of deliberation by political parties across different political systems.

Both single case studies, comparative analyses (small and medium N) and large N approaches are invited. There is no preference for qualitative or quantitative techniques of analysis. The focus of the workshop is predominantly on established and new democracies in Europe, but valuable contributions from other political settings and geographic areas are welcome.

Application deadline: 1 December 2018, early applications are strongly encouraged.
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