POLITICAL AND CIVIC PARTICIPATION 2nd International Multidisciplinary Conference
2nd International Multidisciplinary Conference organised by the PIDOP
Consortium in
collaboration with the Centre for Research on Nationalism, Ethnicity and
Multiculturalism (CRONEM), University of Surrey, UK
University of Surrey, UK
16 -17 April, 2012


The closing date for abstracts is 31st December 2011.

PIDOP is a multinational research project funded by the European
Commission under the Seventh Framework Programme. The project is
examining the processes which influence democratic ownership and
participation in eight European states – Belgium, Czech Republic,
Germany, Italy, Portugal, Sweden, Turkey and the UK. For more


In many countries, conventional forms of political participation have
declined in recent years, with growing levels of political apathy,
disengagement from formal democratic processes and increasing distrust
of, and lack of confidence in, political institutions. At the same time,
however, research suggests that a shift is currently taking place among
younger generations, with civic participation coming to be prioritised
over more traditional forms of political participation. As a result,
issues that might have mobilised individuals into taking political
action in the past are now being tackled instead by many young people
either via voluntary, community or charitable activities, or via
consumer activism. Thus, it is possible that while traditional forms of
political participation such as voting are currently in decline in many
European countries, this trend may not be indicative of public
disengagement per se but of a shift to a qualitatively different kind of
public activism.

Existing research has established that macro-level historical, political
and institutional factors are related to citizens’ political and civic
participation within any given country (e.g., type of electoral system,
historical longevity of democracy within the country, etc.), as are
demographic factors (e.g., gender, age, ethnicity, etc.) and social and
psychological factors (e.g., social capital, levels of trust,
neighbourhood attachment, political attentiveness, internal and external
efficacy, etc.). However, at the present time, the processes through
which these various factors inter-relate, and how macro-level and
sociological factors interact and impact on the psychological factors
are poorly understood.

This conference aims to take stock of the numerous factors which can
impact on the different forms of citizen participation, will explore how
political, sociological and psychological factors inter-relate, and will
draw out implications for policies which have as their goal the
enhancement of levels of political and civic participation.
The conference also aims to examine the factors and processes which
impact on levels of participation among marginalised groups that are at
risk of political disengagement due to age, gender, ethnicity or
migration. For this reason, papers focusing on either young people,
women, ethnic minorities or migrants are especially encouraged.
Hence, this conference seeks to provide an opportunity for
interdisciplinary discussion and debate on:

- the different forms of political and civic participation which exist
- the factors and processes which enhance and/or hinder the different
forms of participation
- forms and levels of participation within different national, ethnic
and migrant groups
- forms and levels of political and civic participation among women
- forms and levels of political and civic participation by youth
- policy interventions which can be used to increase levels of political
and civic participation within particular societal settings

For more information about Call for Papers and online submission forms,
please visit:
Conference enquiries (Call for Papers, registration and other
administrative matters):
Ms Mirela Dumic
Date: 2011-09-19