Call for Proposals

Dates of the Conference: January 11-14, 2023
Place: Orlando, FL, USA

Conference: RC 08 and RC 13

International Political Science Association (IPSA)

In collaboration with the Southern Political Science Association (SPSA), USA

Deadline to submit your proposal: by August 5, 2022

RC08 (Legislative Specialists) and RC 13 (Democratization in Comparative
Perspective) are collaborating on organizing a conference to bring together
academics and practitioners from around the world to discuss topics related to
modern legislatures and the processes of democratization and de-democratization.
We are inviting papers on a broad range of topics, including (but not limited to) the
role of legislatures and their capacity to address the most pressing challenges that
our world is facing, such as crises (including economic, migration and pandemic
crises), legislative decline, and the rise of strong executives, corruption, and overall
democratic/ authoritarian tendencies. When faced with challenges domestically and
internationally, what roles and how do legislatures play?
We are also interested in papers addressing the roles of legislatures in a time of war
or military aggression domestically or internationally. Given the current crises
precipitated by Russian aggression in Ukraine, we welcome papers that address the
role of Ukrainian and other worlds legislatures in dealing with the consequences of
the aggression and discuss the consequences of it for the future of democracy.
In addition, we would like to pay a particular attention to the rise of authoritarian
tendencies in the world and challenges to other democratic institutions than
parliaments. We are interested in the process of democratization and de-
democratization themselves, their current status and trends, and related topics. We e
welcome also discussion of solutions to the de-democratization problems.

Submission Instructions:
Please, send the paper proposal, including your name, institutional affiliation, the title,
and a short abstract of your paper (up to 250 words) to Associate Professor Adam
Szymanski (University of Warsaw, Poland) at:
Queries: should be submitted as e-mails also to Prof.. Szymanski at:

Location: “Tradewinds Island Resort at St. Beach, Florida, USA (details on the
location/ venue can be found here:

Dates of the Conference: January 11-14, 2023

One of the main objectives for the conference:
to allow for an exchange of ideas, comments, and discussions that can potentially
lead to either individual publications or to a submission of the entire panel for
publication as a special issue to one of the journals or edited volume.