Track Policies

General Papers

Directors
  • Dragoș Dragoman, Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu
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Parties and ideologies

New perspectives on Central and Eastern Europe include the way democracy is conceived and put into practice, given the increased interaction between state authorities and groups and citizens. Recently, populist parties in power reconsidered their strategies of maintaining in power with serious democratic costs, bringing new questions about the level of democratic consolidation in the region. In the same time, the populist parties triggered a debate on the varying degree of European integration, the European conditionality and national sovereignty. Facing this new kind of challenge, classical and more moderate parties tend to adapt in various ways to the new public environment, therefore making efforts to reshape regular ideologies. We encourage contributions putting forward issues such defining the participatory democracy, protest, social values, the interaction between political actors and the consequent adaptation of political institutions, the impact of new media on political partisanship.

Directors
  • Bogdan Gheorghiță, Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu
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Political marketing

Political actors, both parties and electors, are forced to constantly adapt to broader, integrative processes, under the pressure of mass communication. This is more visible with the recent participation of youth in new forms of social communication and political mobilization, but the pressure to adapt to changing social and political contexts also affects the political entrepreneurs. The conveyors are encouraged to submit papers addressing issues such as, but not limited to, political action, social media mobilization, social capital and networking, voting and protest, as well as on party strategies and political marketing actions.

Directors
  • Bogdan Gheorghiță, Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu
  • Sabina Luca, Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu
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Challenges to Local Government in ECE Countries

During the last three decades, the relatively young democracies of East-Central Europe have struggled to strengthen the democratic mechanisms at the grassroots, including local autonomy, territorial reforms, increasing decentralization and regionalization, attaching greater importance to local leadership and local officials, stimulating the citizens’ appeal to the local administrative tier in problem solving, diversifying local services, encouraging independent local budgeting, etc. This panel aims at exploring the different ways that the various local government experiences in ECE have shaped the closeness between the democratic state and its citizens, and its effectiveness. We particularly welcome comparative studies in the region, empirical research on the various aspects of local governance and local democracy,territorial and local governments’ reforms implemented all over the ECE including policy reports, both from a political science perspective (from local elites’ recruitment and profiling to local elections and participation at the local level) and from a public administration one (from local governance to territorial reforms, decentralization or recentralization, enhancing of metropolitan areas, evolution of territorial competences and local budgeting).

Directors
  • Dana Alexandru, Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu
  • Roxana Marin, Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu
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The Germans in East Central Europe: local identities, transnational identities

The section addresses social and political researchers interested in questioning and explaining the new dynamics of the old German “diaspora” in Central and Eastern Europe. The following list includes a series of themes that are highly relevant for this area of study:  identity reconstruction in the general context of depopulation, creative strategies for generating common places, cultures and memories, Germanity as a privileged scheme of interpretation, interculturality, transnationalism, auto and hetero-representations under the effect of new political discourses on diversity (multiculturalism, cosmopolitanism, globalism, the so-called ‘unity in diversity’, etc.). Therefore, this apparently broad subject, deeply bound to the city and the region where our conference will take place – Sibiu –, could be used as a pretext for discussing ethnicity and the current clashes between tradition and modernity/ locality and globality.

Directors
  • Andreea Zamfira, Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu
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Flight, Migration and Social Innovation: Research, policies and practice in different European countries

International mobility encourages not only massive migration and brain drain, but also modern slavery export under a wide variety of forms and chains. Within this panel, researchers, academics, practitioners and civil society stakeholders coming from cross-disciplinary fields will find the opportunity to share ideas about actual directions, pitfalls and meanings in approaching migration, integration and social innovation connected issues. We encourage proposals addressing studies, applications theories and best practices on migration, refugee crisis, ethnicity, cultural diversity, modern slavery and social entrepreneurship related topics, along with integration, value proposition for social change and growth, but no restricted to these.

Directors
  • Iuliana Neagos, Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu
  • Delia Stefenel, Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu
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Russia and East Central Europe: Thirty years of tense relations

The passed thirty years witnessed a change in the general pattern of relations between Russia and the countries from Central and Eastern Europe. Following a decade of general restructuration due to massive change in the politics and economy of the region, the relations with Russia entered a new phase, beginning with the cooptation of former Soviet Union republics and other former communist states into Western political, economic and military structures. The comeback and consolidation of Russia as a major regional player complicated the political and economic landscape, with energy issues combining with political adversities or, by contrary, with stronger cooperation. The panel welcomes papers addressing the issues of conflict and cooperation, intricate political and economic bargaining positions, as well as varying defense strategies while facing the new Russian diplomatic and military offensive in neighboring Eastern Europe.

Directors
  • Gabriel Șerban, Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu
  • Pavel Moraru, Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu
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