Call for papers: Special Issue of the Czech Journal of Political Science

7.11.2019/ Call for papers: The 2020 general election in Slovakia. Authoritarian Turn or a Glimmer of Hope for Liberal Democracy? Editors: Peter Spáč, Miroslav Nemčok, Vlastimil Havlík.

After the four turbulent years marked by mass anti-government protests following the murder of the investigative journalist, the change of the Prime Minister, the drastic changes of public support of the major political parties, and election of the first female President of the country, Slovakia is expecting general election in February 2020. Although almost all general elections are called the decisive ones, the upcoming Slovak election will be crucial for answering a very important question: Will Slovakia follow the footsteps of other populist democracies of Central Europe or will the 2020 general election continue the liberal turn recently emerging in the Slovak politics?

The special issue aims at answering the question by presenting a set of empirical papers dealing with the following topics:

• implications of the election for the Slovak party system;
• the role of populism and anti-establishment politics in the election;
• media coverage of the election;
• voting patterns including the role of immigration and other cultural issues;
• the performance of new political parties;
• the content of the electoral campaign;
• personalization and candidate selection;
• preferential voting;
• political consequences of the election.

The special issue will include 4-7 articles which will have to pass a regular double blind peer-review at the Czech Political Science Journal. Papers should be empirical focussing on one of more aspects of the 2020 general election in Slovakia including papers taking a comparative perspective across the Central Europe and beyond. Review articles on contemporary Slovak politics or politics in Central Europe are also welcome. We aim to deliver a timely set of articles exploring topics related to the 2020 Slovak general election, which employ rigorous research methods and test, challenge, or propose adjustments to the theoretical frameworks in social sciences.

The deadline for submission of abstracts (250–300 words) is 15 December 2019 23:59 CET. The abstracts are to be submitted directly to the guest editor Peter Spáč: Should you have any inquiries, do not hesitate to contact Peter Spáč.

Expected timeline:

• 15. 12. 2019: Deadline for abstract submissions
• 10. 1. 2020: Authors are informed about decisions
• 29. 2. 2020: The 2020 Slovak general elections
• 30. 4. 2020: First drafts of manuscripts are delivered to editors
• 10. 5. 2020: Editors deliver their comments and suggestions to authors
• 31. 5. 2020: Authors submit their manuscript for peer-review
• Autumn 2020: Special issue is published as 3/2020

For author guidelines see the website of the Journal.

Czech Journal of Political Science/Politologický časopis is included in databases SCOPUS, Clarivate Analytics Emerging Sources Citation Index, ERIH PLUS, Ulrich’s Periodials Directory, Central and Eastern European Online Library and EBSCO.

Call for papers: Special Issue of the Czech Journal of Political Science

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