Call for Papers: Democracy and the Rule of Law


PolSci, the Romanian journal of political science, is accepting submissions for publication in its summer 2013 issue on the topic “Democracy and the Rule of Law.” PolSci invites articles and book reviews that address the following:

The Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to the European Union (EU) in 2012 for its work towards peace and reconciliation, democracy and human rights in Europe. However, the EU’s work in strengthening democracy within and outside its borders is far from complete.  In the last two years, we witnessed democratically imbued uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa, but also the erosion of democracy and the rule of law in EU member states such as Romania and Hungary. In Romania, the July 2012 impeachment of the Romanian president generated a serious political crisis. The controversial adoption of the new Hungarian Constitution in April 2011 without the consultation of the Hungarian opposition parties raised questions regarding the commitment towards democracy of the Hungarian government. Do such events indicate a true degradation of democracy? What mechanisms does the EU use to tackle such events and how effective are those mechanisms? Are the EU’s actions firm and objective or context-dependent and driven by transnational party politics?

Outstanding articles or reviews that do not fall within this subject may still be published.

Deadline: April 1, 2013, midnight Central European Time.

Microsoft Word versions of submissions should be emailed to polsci[@] im